Okowa Gets PDP Ticket For Second Term

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), promising that his second tenure would be better.

Chairman of the PDP gubernatorial primary elections in Delta State, Uzo Nwandu, declared Governor Okowa winner of the primaries held Sunday in Asaba.

Of the 3, 278 accredited delegates from different local government areas of the state, 26 invalid votes were counted, while 3, 252 votes went to Governor Okowa.

Recall that Governor Okowa was the only member of the PDP who picked the gubernatorial form and was successfully screened in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to participate in the primary election.



“During the 2015 elections you will recall that promises were made and we have continued to do the best that we can despite the very challenging times to ensure that we met with the promises,” the governor said.



“But one good thing that Deltans have done is that they have continued to pray for us and partner with us in governance.



“And I must say that I am very grateful to all Deltans particularly our leaders, our youths and our women. I thank you all for all that you have done to ensure that we have a peaceful state because without peace, we cannot develop.”

Governor Okowa announced that his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, will be his running mate for the second term.



He continued, “the PDP in Delta is a family and we are very proud of this family and because we realize that we are a family.



“PDP has insisted that there will be equitable process where there is justice and fairness; because we are one family the PDP endorsed my candidacy in 2014 and I went through by the special grace of God during the elections and we won.



“Today in your belief for equity, justice and fairness, the party has returned me unopposed as its candidate; I am very grateful and I thank you for being a party that reasons that we can only be a family when there is equity and fairness.”



Governor Okowa added, “I want to assure you that we will continue to remain strong under the leadership of our leader, Chief James Ibori; this party will remain focused, this party will be about Delta, we shall continue to ensure that we are strengthened enough to be recognized very strongly in national politics; there is no need to be afraid, there is no need to shake, when something happened in some states, people send text messages but, we have come as always in the name of God and because God is with us, there is nobody that can be against us.”


“We are strong and we will continue to remain strong, we will go forth into the elections and we will win landslide; I am proud because I have each and every one of you, our God that was with us in 2015 is with us, so there is no cause for alarm, we must go out there to talk to the people, we must go as one united family, we must go carrying everyone along and I believe that this is the principle of our party, and even when we go into the congresses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to elect candidates for the Senate, House of Representatives, and House of Assembly, let us go through these elections with brotherly and sisterly love, let us conduct it in peace,” he admonished.



Governor Okowa who was elated at the peaceful conduct of the primary elections added, “I have spoken with our party chairman and I know that there will be a free and fair primaries and the results will also be free and fair and by the grace of God, I appeal to each and every one of us even when you lose in the ballot you have not lost everything because you belong to one united family.”



A former Governor of the State, James Ibori, who addressed the delegates before the commencement of voting charged Deltans to que behind Mr. Okowa in the 2019 polls.



Former Deputy Governor Benjamin Elue, Senator Stella Omu, PDP Chairman in the state, Kingsley Esiso, among others, who spoke at the event, expressed confidence that the PDP would emerge victorious in the 2019 general elections as the state remains the stronghold of the party.

APC Disqualifies Nollywood Actor And Buhari's Vocal Supporter Kenneth Okonkwo

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disqualified famous Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo from contesting for Enugu governorship election in 2019 following his inability to purchase the nomination and expression of interest forms.



It was gathered that Okonkwo has been begging his party members to help him out but all to no avail.

According to a source close to the popular actor,

“What happened was that he was hoping to get a waiver but we told him that the Party does not wave fees. Not just in APC but in every party you go, all the aspirants are expected to come up with their money to fund their nomination forms."

" Those that don’t want to come out themselves will tell you a group bought for them. In this case, Kenneth did not purchase his form by the deadline talk more of coming for screening..., " the source said.

The All Progressives Congress Party had set their nomination forms fees for Governorship aspirants at N22m.

Recall that the Actor was heavily criticized after he said that the Igbos will continue to wander in the wilderness if they fail to vote for president Muhammadu Buhari come 2019 election.




Just After Three Months In Labour, Mimiko Defects To Another Party

After being denied the party presidential ticket, Olusegun Mimiko, the immediate past Governor of Ondo State and presidential aspirant in the 2019 general election, has again dumped the Labour Party (LP) for the Zenith Labour Party.



Mimiko, who had left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Labour Party (LP) in June, is set to again announce his new move to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

His latest decision is likely due to the crisis that has rocked the Labour Party (LP) since his sudden return.

Two weeks ago, Mimiko had announced his bid to run for President under the platform of the party. See Also

A source who confirmed the latest development in the State capital, Akure on Friday hinted that Mimiko had been having issues with some leadership of the labour party since he officially revealed his intention to contest.

"Mimiko’s decision to leave the Labour Party was due to a leadership crisis rocking the party in Abuja,” the source said. And he officially moved to away from the Labour Party to realise his presidential ambition.

Mimiko had already met with Chief Dan Iwuanyanwu, who is the new Chairman of Zenith Labour Party, and Mr. Kayode Ajulo, the Secretary of the party in Abuja, before making the move.

The source explained how LP leaders had been frustrating Mimiko since he announced his intention to run for President, saying: "The organised labour leaders don't want Dr. Mimiko to use the Labour Party to contest for his presidential ambition.

"This was same party that Mimiko invested in while still in PDP and in fact, he was paying the salaries of the staff of the LP even at the national level while in PDP as Governor.

"It is sad that the leadership of the Labour Party who really benefited from Mimiko’s generosity are now saying he can't contest in the party.

"We are very much aware that they are being used by Adams Oshiomhole, the Chairman of APC, who still has control over the labour leaders claiming to be the owners of the party.”

King Wadada, 2Baba, Oritse Femi Sing One Love

Just when many had started asking of his whereabouts, reggae artiste Austin Peter, otherwise known as King Wadada, has released a new album, One Love. While he featured 2Baba in Yahweh track, he worked with Oritse Femi on the remix of Holy Holy.

Speaking at an event held recently in Lagos to unveil the 16-track album, which also feature remix of his popular song, Holy Holy, the singe
Afro Hip-Hop Artist, Zachariah Kelvin Lekan “Blackells”, (left); Reggae Artist, Austin Peters “King Wadada” and his manager, Jane Thomas Rogers during the unveiling of new Artist signed to King Wadada World Class Entertainment in Lagos
r informed that the event is also part of activities to unveil his new artiste Zachariah Kelvin Lekan, aka Blackells.

“We are here to unveil my new album and my new artiste. I featured Oritse Femi in the remix of Holy Holy from way back. I’m bringing it back because many people don’t have that music today; we didn’t release that album. That song just ‘blow’ on it’s own, but now, I’m releasing it as a remix.”

On the new talent signed to his King Wadada World Class Entertainment, the artiste said, “I have a new artiste that I signed up on my own label. I waited for years to be signed to a record label, but when no one show any level of seriousness, I had to form mine with the proceed I got from farming. I didn’t have money, so, I had to go into farming andcobbling and the little money I made from that, I invest in my self and in my artistes.”

On his decision to go into farming, he explained, “music pays very well, but as a wise man and a reasonable person, you can’t just depend on music only.I’m a farmer and a shoemaker. At the same time, I’m a musician. So, I do a whole lot of things to make sure I empower the youth.”

Describing himself as a spiritual artiste, Wadada said, “the spiritual rule the physical. God is a spirit and if we want to worship Him, we have to worship Him in spirit. So, in anything you do, put God first. I decided to live my life, my career and music to God, but at the same time, we need to impact lives.”

On his newly signed artist, he said, “we met in Los Angeles, but before then, he has been aspiring to meet me. And now we decided to come together.”

On his part, Blackelz said, “I’m so excited to be signed under the legendary, King Wadada’s label. Watch out for my new single titled, Baby; it’s sending a spiritual message to people all over the world,” he said.




















For Democracy To Flourish, Only People Who Can Accept Rigging Should Participate, Says Oshiomole


 
In what appears to either be a slip of tongue or intentional mockery against Democray, APC Chairman Adams Oshiomole, mention that only people who can accept the pain of *rigging* should participate in an election.

He however corrected himself immediately, replacing the ‘rigging’ in his speech with “defeat”. He stated:”I think that for democracy to flourish, only people who can accept the pain of *rigging* (sorry, defeat) should participate in an election”

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Lagos APC Primary: Hamzat Steps Down For Sanwo-Olu As Battle Set For Tomorrow


A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress9APC) in Lagos, Dr. Femi Hamzat, has withdrawn from the race.

Hamzat, who spoke during a press conference in Lagos on Saturday, said he took the decision to support the ambition of another aspirant, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He also directed his supporters to cast their votes for Sanwo-Olu during the party’s primary tomorrow.

Hamzat vouch for Sanwo-Olu’s integrity and personal intelligence.

Sanwo-Olu, who was also at the event, would tomorrow contest the party’s governorship ticket with the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

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Fani-Kayode Blasts Omisore For Declaring Support For APC In Osun

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has lambasted the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, for declaring his support for the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of Thursday’s governorship rerun in Osun State.


Omisore had on Thursday announced his decision to pitch his tent with the APC after consultations with his party members.

He was reportedly quoted as saying, “After due consultations with my party leadership and members in all the 30 local government areas of Osun State, we have accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election tomorrow and thereafter form a coalition government.”

Fani Kayode while describing Omisore’s decision as ‘shameful,’ criticized him for supporting APC after he had assured the PDP of his support.

According to him, Omisore’s decision might deny Ile-Ife an opportunity of producing a Deputy Governor.

He tweeted, “Iyiola Omisore’s decision to support the APC in tomorrow’s rerun is shameful. It is sad that he would seek to deny Ile-Ife the position of Dep. Gov simply for money. He told me he would stand firm 2 days ago and he told our father Baba Ayo Adebanjo the same thing last night.

“I do not know what has turned his head but we shall forge ahead and by God’s grace Adeleke will win. There is no excuse or justification for joining or supporting those who treated our people like filth and slaves over the last 8 years and who rigged last Saturday’s election.”

Hazard Waist Breaking Strike Completes Chelsea Comeback To Beat Liverpool

The Reds’ seven-match winning start to the season was halted after substitute Eden Hazard fired past Simon Mignolet in the 85th minute at the end of a wonderful run.


Hazard scored a superb winner as Chelsea came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Hazard’s goal came six minutes after he helped create Emerson Palmieri’s equaliser, which cancelled out Daniel Sturridge’s 58th-minute opener.

The first of two meetings between the clubs this week, with a Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge to come on Saturday, saw Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Blues counterpart Maurizio Sarri both make eight changes to their starting line-ups.

The visitors made a lively start, during which Alvaro Morata was twice thwarted by Mignolet, before Liverpool began to find some rhythm.

Cries for a penalty rang out from the stands just after the half-hour mark when Naby Keita hit the turf under pressure from Gary Cahill – but referee Kevin Friend allowed play to continue.

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It appeared any contact between the pair had been minimal, and Cahill made it clear he was unhappy with the way in which Keita had gone down.

There were more unsuccessful penalty appeals from Liverpool supporters moments later as Cesc Fabregas was deemed not guilty of handball.

Keita then unleashed a fierce strike that brought a fine save out of Willy Caballero, who subsequently saved a Sadio Mane header.

Liverpool looked set to grab the lead less than a minute into the second half when Sturridge latched on to a poor attempt at a backpass by Andreas Christensen, tried to get around Caballero and was presented with an open goal, but he could only shoot wide.

Morata then sent a header over before Chelsea survived another lapse at the back, with Ross Barkley heading towards his own goal and Mane’s effort going wide off Caballero.

Chelsea were punished for more defensive sloppiness soon after as they lost possession, the ball came to Keita and after his shot was parried by Caballero, Sturridge followed up with an acrobatic finish.

The away side levelled when Hazard, introduced two minutes before Sturridge’s goal, delivered a free-kick into the Liverpool box, Barkley’s header was palmed away by Mignolet and Emerson prodded in.

NLC Insis ts On Strike As Meeting With FG Ends In Stalemate



The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has insisted on its planned strike as the meeting with the Federal Government has ended in a deadlock.

The meeting between the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and the Tripartite Committee was to look into the issue of the minimum wage which has led to a planned strike.

Mr Nigige on Wednesday assured the union that the Federal Government will take steps in addressing the issues.

But the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, has insisted that the position of the union still stands, despite the minister’s assurance.

D'Tigress Make History, Becomes First African Country To Qualify For FIBA Quarterfinals

Nigeria’s women basketball team D’Tigress beat Greece 57-56 to become the first African side to progress to the quarter-finals of the Basketball world cup thereby advancing to the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup on Wednesday, September 26.


With two victories form three games, D'Tigress finished second behind group winners Australia who won all their matches.

D'Tigress finished second and were paired against Greece who finished third in their group with just one win in three games in the playoffs to determine who joins the group winners in the quarterfinals.

D'Tigress vs Greece

Otis Hughley's side were fresh off their moral boosting 75-70 win over Argentina in their last group game.

They did not give into early pressure from the Greeks as the first quarter ended tied at 15-15 for both teams.

Star player Evelyn Akhator turned up the style in the second quarter as the Power forward inspired D'Tigress to a 16-11 win which was a five point lead (31-26) going into the halftime break.

Greece started the third quarter on a better note reducing the deficit on several occasions but D'Tigress established an 11 point lead as the quarter ended 17-11 in favour of Nigeria.

Despite a n eleven point lead, D'Tigress met a resilient Greek team who came back into the game with Maria Emmanouela Fasoula causing havoc.

The fourth quarter ended 19-9 but D'Tigress claimed victory by just one point to advance to the next stage of the comepetition.



Quarterfinal- D'Tigress vs USA

After a 86-68 loss to Australia in their opening game of the tournament, D'Tigress have bounced back in style to advance to the quarterfinals.

Following their victory over Greece they will take on reigning and two time consecutive world champions United Sates of America on Friday, September 28.

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No PVCs Was Found In Diekola, PDP Chieftain- Says Police After Turning His House Upside Down

The police have said no PVCs was found the home of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Alhaji Fatai Diekola, 61, raided on Monday at Adewale Street, Alekuwodo area, Osogbo.

The police in Osun State said on Wednesday that officers did not find other people’s permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) on a Peoples Democratic Party operative when he was arrested on Monday, contradicting a rumour that has taken roots amongst partisan political interests in the state.

Police spokesperson Folasade Odoro said detectives are only investigating claims that Fatai Diekola was caught while trying to purchase PVCs from residents in Alekuwodo, a packed neighbourhood in Osogbo, the state capital.

She, however, said Mr Diekola’s mission at the location he was arrested was being investigated, especially claims that he was trying to buy PVCs from residents around the area prior to being mobbed.

“Something must have brought about the fracas that happened, after conclusion of investigation we will know the reason,” the spokesperson added.

Ms Odoro was clarifying a Tuesday night statement she issued about the arrest of Mr Diekola and two others, which said the politicians were arrested for “buying” PVCs and causing public disturbance. The alleged accomplices were identified as Segun Adekilekun and Sikiru Lawal, both PDP strategists in the state.

The statement did not specifically say the politicians were caught with already purchased PVCs, but named two persons they had approached for their voting credentials before violence broke out.






Dieko was arrested alongside two other persons in the unlawful crackdown for allegedly buying Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and breach of the public peace.

Spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command Folasade Odoro, a Superintendent (SP), said the suspects were arrested by the teams drafted to the state for election duties.

Odoro said: “The three suspects were arrested at Adewale Street, Alekuwodo area, Osogbo at one of the polling units where a re-run election is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 27.



“They were said to be soliciting to buy additional PVCs from one Olawale Kazeem of 4B, Adewale Street, Alekuwodo area, Osogbo and Azeez Sulaiman of 3A, Akinlade Street, Alekuwodo. It was gathered that when the duo declined to sell their PVCs, they were allegedly attacked by the supporters of the suspects.

The PDP, however, demanded the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

The opposition party also called for the immediate resignation of INEC Director of Operations Mrs. Amina Zakari who is also in charge of commission’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) Department.

At a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, the PDP, through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan called out the INEC chair over his “controlling role in the fraudulent manipulations” in the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.

The opposition party accused Mrs. Zakari of altering election figures in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

INEC had declared the election inconclusive, following the cancellation of the election in some local government areas. The commission has slated a supplementary election in the affected areas for tomorrow.

Rejecting the inconclusive verdict on the election, the PDP insisted that the polls were concluded, adding that the party and indeed well-meaning Nigerians no longer have confidence in the INEC chairman.

The party said, “With INEC’s fraudulent conduct in the Osun governorship election, and approval that a concluded election be declared inconclusive, it is completely inexcusable that Prof. Yakubu presides over an atrocious and compromised electoral umpire that manipulates electoral processes, doctors figures, allocates fictitious votes and subverts the will of the people in an election.

“The PDP has additional documentary evidence of how this compromised INEC, through its Operations and ICT Department, doctored results from polling centres, directly shortchanged the PDP with no fewer than 4,387 votes by slashing votes cast for the PDP at the polling centres while allocating fictitious figures to the APC.

“The PDP has facts on how INEC slashed over 1000 votes freely cast by the people for our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in Ayedaade Local Government Area, just to reduce our votes from our legitimate 10,836 votes cast at the polling centres to 9,836 votes so as to give APC the lead with a 1000 vote margin in the local government.

“Also, the PDP has evidence of how INEC, while collating results, directly allocated over 1,367 fictitious votes to the APC in Olorunda Local Government Area, to fraudulently shore up the APC votes to duplicitous 16,254 votes. This is in addition to evidence of how INEC awarded over 2,000 fictitious votes in favour of the APC in Osogbo to push APC’s vote to 23,379 against the actual 21,479 votes scored by the defeated party.

“Such writing of results by INEC in collusion with the APC occurred in many other areas leading to INEC’s ill-fated directives to its junior officials, including the one apprehended in Ayedaade, to destroy results already displayed at polling and collation centers.

“It was after INEC and the APC realised that despite their manipulation of figures, our candidate still scored the highest number of votes, making him the clear winner of the election, that they decided to fraudulently apply unconstitutional grounds to declare the election inconclusive.

“From the facts available to us, INEC robbed our party of over 4,387 votes. Our actual winning margin stands at 4,740 votes against the 353 votes declared by INEC.

“Furthermore, while the PDP, in rejecting INEC’s declaration, is resolute in the decision to seek legal redress and take our mandate, freely given to our candidate by the people of Osun State, our party has also discovered schemes perfected by INEC to rig its planned supplementary election in favour of the APC.”

“The PDP is already aware that INEC has increased the original number of voters in the affected polling centers by over 850 so as to expand its latitude to manipulate results with uncollected Permanent Voter Card (PVCs), a development, which further shows INEC’s determination to rig the election for APC.

“The PDP holds that the shenanigan that has characterised the Osun governorship election is a testing measure by the APC in collusion with INEC to rig the 2019 general elections, particularly the Presidential election, which they plan to plunge into similar controversy immediately it becomes obvious that APC is losing”.

The PDP expressed fears that the alleged complicit role of the electoral body could push the nation into an irretrievable state of anarchy and spell doom for the country’s democracy.

“While Prof. Mahmood Yakubu can no longer be trusted to conduct the 2019 general elections, it is public knowledge that Mrs. Amina Zakari, the INEC Director in charge of Operations and ICT is a direct blood relation of Mr. President and as such, we believe that she cannot be an impartial arbiter in an election involving her uncle.”

“The PDP therefore calls on all patriotic Nigerians to join in the demand for the resignation of Prof. Yakubu and Mrs. Zakari so as to avert this dangerous path, where INEC is leading our nation.

“As a law abiding and people-oriented political party, all that the PDP is demanding for is the return of our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the duly returned candidate at the September 22, 2018 Osun Governorship Election.

“We call on INEC to guarantee free, fair and credible election at all levels of engagement, as we will not allow unpatriotic individuals to destroy our nation with their inordinate and selfish aspirations”.

Nigeria May Slip Back Into A Recession Soon- CBN

The monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria says the economy’s exit from recession may be under threat.


The economy slipped into a recession in 2016 and exited in September 2017.

While reading out the outcome of the two-day meeting of the committee to reporters on Tuesday, CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, said: “The Committee was concerned that the exit from recession may be under threat as the economy slowed to 1.95 and 1.50 per cent in Q1 and Q2 2018, respectively.

“The Committee noted that the slowdown emanated from the oil sector, with strong linkages to employment and growth in other key sectors of the economy.

“In this regard, the Committee urged government to take advantage of the current rising oil prices to rebuild fiscal buffers, strengthen government finances in the medium term and reverse the current trend of decline in output growth.

“The MPC also called on the fiscal authorities to intensify the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to stimulate economic activity, bridge the output gap and create employment.”

Other threats to the economy noted by the committee were “the potential impact of liquidity injection from election-related spending, and increase in FAAC distribution, which is rising in tandem with increase in oil receipt.”

Did Omisore Just Pitched Tent With APC In Osun?

All indications is pointing that Iyiola Ajani “Otunba” Omisore may have join forces with the APC for tomorrow election re-run in Osun State


HOUSE of Representatives Deputy Speaker Yussuff Lasun yesterday joined the battle to ensure victory for All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Gboyega Oyetola in tomorrow’s supplementary governorship election in Osun State.

The APC lost in Orolu Local Government Area, which is believed to be Lasun’s stronghold. He is known to be aggrieved with APC leaders.

The supplementary election will hold in three units in the local government due to cancellation over hijacking of materials by thugs.

There are 987 registered voters in the three units.

Also joining forces with the APC is Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Senator Iyiola Omisore.

The election will determine the winner between Oyetola and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Ademola Adeleke.

Saturday’s election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which ordered the supplementary election in seven polling units in four local governments – Osogbo, Orolu, Ife North and Ife South.

There are 3, 498 registered voters in the polling units where the elections were cancelled due to various reasons, including hijacking of election materials, abscondment of presiding officer, disruption of election by hoodlums who were shooting sporadically, manual accreditation and over voting.

The supplementary election is a straight fight between Oyetola and Adeleke.

Adeleke has a marginal 353 votes advantage in the election in which Omisore finished third.

Omisore hosted an APC delegation of Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi and Dr Olu Agunloye at his home in Ile-Ife.

On Monday, he received Senate President Bokola Saraki, who came to lobby him to support the PDP.

Omisore, who left the PDP for the SDP because the PDP ticket, declined to give Saraki his commitment.

But after his meeting with the APC team, Omisore twitted under a photograph of himself with Fayemi and Agunloye: “With @OfficialAPCNg Ekiti state governor elect @kfayemi during his visit today. #goodgovernanceinosunstate #OsunDecides2018.”

In another tweet, Saraki Presidential Campaign Council spokesman Doyin Okupe said: “Omisore I’m told caved in to pressure from APC…”

It was learnt that Omisore, whose dad is the traditional ruler of Olode in Ife South where the election will hold in unit 07, 012 Adereti village with 812 registered voters, joined the APC for a campaign yesterday.







Berahino, Stoke Star Accused Of Fathering Three Babies In Six Weeks

Stoke City striker, Saido Berahino is at the centre of a legal battle over claims he has fathered a hat-trick of children in less than two months, The Sun reports.

The Stoke City striker is named on birth certificates as the father of two of the babies born on May 30 and July 17.

His lawyers are in talks with a friend who claims he is dad of the child born on July 15.

A month later, Berahino, 25, finally found the net after 913 days — but he’s still fathered more kids than he has scored goals this season.

Mum No 1 is ex-fiancee Stephania Christoforou, 27, who gave birth to son Costa on May 30 at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

The child weighed 7lbs 1oz and the birth certificate names Berahino as the dad.

Berahino threw a lavish engagement bash for restaurant boss Steph last October.

But she called off the wedding after a Valentine’s Day bust-up outside his mansion in Cannock, Staffordshire, when he tried to smuggle in US model Chelsea Lovelace.

Steph was pictured hammering on the door and roaring, “Open the door you f*****g slag!”

Mum No 2 is an African-born nurse aged 28 — a childhood pal of Berahino who cannot be named for legal reasons.

She gave birth to a girl on July 15 at Manor Hospital, Walsall.

Though Berahino is not named on the birth certificate, she is in talks with the footballer and his lawyers.

Birth registration laws state that where a dad does not consent to being on a child’s birth certificate, the mother must get a court order if she wants to name him.


Berahino played for England at youth level, later opting to play for Burundi.


He moved from West Brom to Stoke for £12m in January 2017.

BREAKING: Court Nullifies Impeachment Of Imo State Deputy Governor


A High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital has nullified the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of the state, Eze Madumere, by the state lawmakers.

The court’s nullification is on the ground that Mr Madumere’s impeachment did not follow due process, therefore making it illegal.

The presiding judge, Justice Benjamin Iheka, insisted that Madumere remains the Deputy Governor of the state.

Details later…

Systrom, Krieger Resign From Instagram

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced their departure from the company bought by Facebook six years ago, setting a new test for the parent company as it works to quench mounting turmoil.

Systron said, “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team,” Systrom said in a statement late Monday, following a report on the departure in The New York Times.

“We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again.”

Systrom, 34, created the app in 2010 with 32-year-old Krieger, now the outgoing “chief technical officer,” when they were students at Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised the departing Instagram leaders for “their combined

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

Real Madric midfielder, Luka Modric has won this year FIFA best player of the award ahead of Liverpool player, Mohamed Salah and former club teammate and Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo 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 was won by the French National team coach Didier Deschamps who had a strong competitor in fellow french and former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic following World Cup victory at the 2018 FIFA World cup in Russia.


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

But sensational Liverpool player Mohamed Salah beat Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2018 Puskas Award with his strike against Everton last December.

The FIFA accolade for the Liverpool star came as a surprise to many, with Gareth Bale heavily tipped to win the prize following his acrobatic overhead kick that gave Real Madrid the lead in last season's Champions League final.

The Egyptian also had strong competition from Cristiano Ronaldo for his impressive finish against current club Juventus in April, a goal that was awarded UEFA goal of the season.

FIFA Best 11


FIFA best 11 joined by Ronaldinho and holywood actor Idris Elba


FIFA have been choosing their best XI since 2005 and in this award, the only ones who have a voice and a vote (all and equally) are the players.

There is no one else that can participate.

By countries, and in default of what happens on Monday night, Spain dominate the ranking with 40 players present over the years (Iniesta, Ramos, Casillas and Xavi mainly), followed by Brazil with 27.

As for teams, Barcelona have 47 followed by Real Madrid with 37, leaving Milan and Juve way behind with 10.

With the Best FIFA Football Award ceremony having taken place in London on Monday night, several players were recognised for their contributions to the sport over the past year.

The Spanish stopper joined Real Madrid stars Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo and Luka Modric in the world's top side, while Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi was included as well.

Former Barca star defender Dani Alves, now at Paris Saint-Germain, made up the defensive line for the World's best as Chelsea pair N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard were named among the best midfielders.

The Blues midfielders have been two of the most impressive players in the Premier League and they both had incredible campaigns in the World Cup, with the former going on to win the trophy with France while the latter won bronze with Belgium.

New Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has also unsurprisingly made it into the prestigious 11 after another great year in Europe with Madrid, and French prodigy Kylian Mbappe would join him after a World Cup-winning summer.




















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.

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