Photo Of The Day: Chinese As Second Nigeria Official Laguage

Chinese as 2nd Nigeria official language now as seen in this Lekki Road sign.


Angela Merkel Steps Down As CDU Leader, Will Not Seek Re-Election As German Chancellor In 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Monday that she would not seek re-election when her term expires in 2021.

Merkel, who has been Chancellor since 2005, made the announcement during a news conference today in Berlin.

"It is time today for me to start a new chapter," Merkel told reporters in Berlin.

Angela Merkel & Bavarian allies lose majority in crushing vote

"This fourth term is my last term as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. In the next Bundestag election in 2021, I will not run again as Chancellor. I will not run for the German Bundestag any more, and I do not want any other political office."

Merkel told reporters that being Chancellor has been a "very challenging and fulfilling task."

Merkel's decision appears to mark the beginning of the end of her 13-year dominance of European politics.

Merkel also announced on Monday that she would stand down from the chairmanship of her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party after 18 years in the post.

She said that she's known since the summer break that she no longer wanted to be the CDU chairman and that during the party's conference in December she will not run again for the position.

The announcement is a sign of Merkel's weakened power within her own party, and waning popularity in the country.

Both parties under Merkel's ruling coalition -- the CDU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) -- suffered heavy losses in a regional election over the weekend.

While the CDU remained the largest party in the election, which was held in the central state of Hesse, its vote was down 10% from the previous election.

Loss of voters trust

As Merkelism fades and Brazil moves right, Trumpism is thriving

As Merkelism fades and Brazil moves right, Trumpism is thriving

This weekend's election was a second blow to Merkel's fragile "grand coalition" government. On October 14, the Christian Social Union, or CSU -- the Bavarian sister party to the CDU -- lost its majority in the Bavarian state parliament.

The CSU has dominated politics in the state since the end of World War II, ruling for all but three years over the course of nearly seven decades.

Speaking on October 15, Merkel admitted that voters had lost trust in the government.

Bavaria bore the brunt of the 2015 refugee crisis; at its peak, thousands of asylum seekers were crossing into the state every day. Since then, both Merkel and her CSU allies have been criticized for their management of the influx.

What this means for Germany and beyond

Leopold Traugott, policy analyst at think tank Open Europe, told CNN that Merkel was a stable leader in a "global politics that's become increasingly disorderly."

He said that while Germany needs to look for a new leading figure, allies and opponents abroad "will have to prepare for a different, perhaps more difficult partner in Berlin."

Merkel deliberates with US president Donald Trump on the sidelines of the official agenda on the second day of the G7 summit on June 9, 2018 in Charlevoix, Canada.

Merkel deliberates with US president Donald Trump on the sidelines of the official agenda on the second day of the G7 summit on June 9, 2018 in Charlevoix, Canada.

"Germany will become even more inward-looking in the near future -- a trend we have seen since last year's general election already," Traugott said.

"This means there will be less German involvement in key European debates, but also on global issues the country is less likely to take a leading role.

"It will be particularly painful for French president Emmanuel Macron, who was hoping for Merkel's support in his plans for wide-reaching European reform. It seems ever less likely he will receive this support from Berlin."

NNPC, Others Failed To Remit $22.06bn, N481.75bn To Federation Account

Buhari who is also the minister of Petroleum and the chairman of NNPC, Maikanti

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) and its subsidiary, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company(NPDC), and other companies in the oil and gas sector are yet to remit a total revenue of $22.06bn and N481.75bn to the Federation Account.

Latest report on the summary of unremitted revenue, losses and unreconciled differences from operations and transactions in the oil and gas sector released in Abuja on Monday by the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative(NEITI) showed that the NNPC alone had yet to remit a total revenue of $19.04bn and N424.57bn.

Providing a breakdown of the unremitted revenues by the other firms, the report stated that oil and gas producing companies were still withholding $152.69m and N5.2bn; companies involved in offshore processing contracts, $498.6m; and NPDC, $2.38bn and N51.95bn.

The NEITI report stated that the total losses to the federation arising from crude oil production, processing and transportation was $3.04bn and N60.99bn.

It said unreconciled differences arising from the allocation, sale and remittance of proceeds from domestic crude allocated to NNPC was N317.48bn.

The Extreme Right, Bolsonaro Wins Brazil’s Presidential Election'

**Bolsonaro got 55.7% of the vote in Sunday’s second-round poll

Jubilant supporters of Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro took the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday after the far-right congressman was declared the winner of the country's presidential election by a wide margin.

Bolsonaro's victory caps ones of the most polarizing and violent political campaigns in Brazil's history, amid a prolonged recession, rising crime rates and widespread corruption scandals.

In a victory speech Sunday, Bolsonaro said he was a "defender of freedom" who would run a government that protected citizens who "follow their duties and respect the laws."

"The laws are for everyone, this is how it will be during our constitutional and democratic government," he said.

Bolsonaro was declared the winner by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal after 94% of the votes were counted, easily defeating his leftist ex-Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad.

Supporters of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro celebrate in front of his house in Rio de Janeiro on October 28.

Supporters of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro celebrate in front of his house in Rio de Janeiro on October 28.

The electoral tribunal released early results showing Bolsonaro leading with 55.54% of votes to Haddad's 44.46%, a difference larger than the amount of votes left to be counted.

But while Bolsonaro's supporters were rejoicing on Sunday, opponents voiced concerns that his victory could threaten human rights and ecological preservation in the world's fourth largest democracy.

Speaking earlier in the day, Haddad said Brazil's democracy was "at stake" in Sunday's vote. "I believe today is a great day for the country which has arrived at a crossroads," he said.

Troubled over Bolsonaro's promises to open up tracks of the Amazon rainforest to development, environmental groups warned his election would be a "profound setback."

"His reckless plans to industrialize the Amazon in concert with Brazilian and international agribusiness and mining sectors will bring untold destruction to the planet's largest rainforest and the communities who call it home, and spell disaster for the global climate," Amazon Watch program director Christian Poirier said in a statement to CNN.

Jair Bolsonaro waves after voting in the presidential runoff election in Rio de Janeiro on October 28.

Jair Bolsonaro waves after voting in the presidential runoff election in Rio de Janeiro on October 28.

Politically motivated violence

Bolsonaro won the first round of the elections in October amid a field of 13 candidates, but he fell short of the 50% needed to win outright and avoid a runoff against Haddad, from the Workers' Party.

"This has been an unprecedented election," said Marco Antonio Teixeira, a political science professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation. "The rhetoric used by both candidates throughout the campaign has been extremely aggressive."

Brazilian presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro recovering after stabbing

Brazilian presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro recovering after stabbing

That hostility has carried over into the streets. Dozens of politically motivated acts of violence have been registered by voters, journalist and politicians.

Bolsonaro, 63, was stabbed in the stomach last month during a rally in the city of Juiz de Fora, in Minas Gerais state. When he went to cast his ballot on Sunday, the congressman wore body armor and arrived by the back entrance.

The stabbing took him off the campaign trail for weeks as he recovered. But it strengthened his position among Brazilians looking for a change.

Bolsonaro's increased visibility prompted a social media backlash known as #elenao, or #nothim, which gained support throughout the country and internationally.

During his Brazil tour, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters exhibited the slogan on stage in neon lights and chanted "ele nao" with the crowd.

Protesters have also taken the chant to the streets during a recent "Women Against Bolsonaro march" in Sao Paulo.

"Bolsonaro has opened a Pandora box," protest organizer Luka Franca said. "He's given a voice to an ultra right population who want to voice their prejudice and annihilate anyone who is different."

Supporters of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro celebrate in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Supporters of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro celebrate in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Ugly rhetoric

Bolsonaro, who has been compared to US President Donald Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, has stirred controversy by making misogynistic, racist and homophobic remarks.

He once told a congresswoman that she did not deserve to be raped because she was "very ugly," Brazil's TV Globo reported.

He also said publicly he'd prefer to see his son "die in an accident" than a member of his family be homosexual.

"This negative discourse he's spreading is killing people," Felipe Lago, a 29-year-old fashion producer told CNN. "If he wins, who knows what will happen to us?"

A banner promoting Workers' Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad during a rally in Brasilia.

A banner promoting Workers' Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad during a rally in Brasilia.

Lago created an Instagram account called "elenaovaoinosmatar," or "he won't kill us" in English, shortly after being verbally assaulted and threatened by a group of Bolsonaro supporters for being gay.

"Although I was scared, I decided to post what happened to me on Facebook," Lago said. "I got a lot of responses from friends and others saying the same thing happened to them."

His Instagram account has more than 100,000 followers and includes videos of others who say they experienced similar assaults.

In their final days on the campaign trail, both Bolsonaro and Haddad asked their supporters not to engage in violence.

Keeping out the Workers' Party

For some Brazilians, like teacher Alexandre Vastella, voting for Bolsonaro was more about keeping the Workers' Party (PT) out of office.

"I want Bolsonaro to be President, not because he's the ideal person, but because we can't risk letting the PT back in power," Vastella told CNN. "Sure, all of the major parties are corrupt but the PT created an infrastructure of corruption."

The Workers' Party governed Brazil for more than 13 years under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, from 2003 to 2011, and his successor Dilma Rousseff, from 2011 to 2016.

Lula, as he is popularly known, left office with a 83% approval rating, after his policies helped lift millions of Brazilians out of poverty.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Fast Facts

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Fast Facts

Many politicians, including Lula, were caught in a wide-ranging, 4-year anti-graft probe known as "Operation Car Wash." He was arrested in April and given a 12-year sentence for corruption and money laundering.

Despite the arrest, Lula was running for a third term and leading in the polls until he was barred from running by the country's top electoral court in September. His running mate, Haddad, replaced him on the ballot and became his party's default candidate.

Voting is compulsory in Brazil, but some undecided voters, like Sao Paulo resident Mauricio Soares, had chosen to vote null or blank.

"The decision of voting null came after a lot of thought and I am firm in my decision," Soares told CNN. "I am not neutral. I am positioning myself against both candidates."

Teixeira, the professor, said the winner must bridge the divide caused by the campaign.

"If the next president only governs for his supporters, the divisiveness we're living will remain. If he chooses to govern for the whole country, there is a greater chance these conflicts will be minimized or disappear," Teixeira said.

Tragedy In The Air: Indonesian Plane Carrying 188 People Crashes Into Sea

Emergency workers with the derbies
An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 189 passengers, including one child and two infants, has crashed into the sea close to the capital Jakarta, minutes after takeoff on Monday.

The jet vanished from radar just 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, plunging into the ocean.

Video footage apparently filmed at the scene of the crash showed a slick of fuel on the surface of the water.

Disaster agency spokesman, Sutopo Nugroho, tweeted pictures of debris, including what appeared to be an emergency slide and various parts of a smashed mobile phone.

Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said authorities were still searching for the remains of the plane, which lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), en route to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka.

Family members of the crashed Indonesian Lion Air JT-610 react at Pangkal Pinang airport, in Bangka Belitung province on Oct. 29, 2018.

“The plane crashed into the water about 30 to 40 metres deep,” he told AFP.

Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said the aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants.

“The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar,” he added in a statement.

The Flight radar website tracked the plane — which it said was a Boeing 737 — and showed it looping south on take-off and then heading north before the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea, not far from the coast.


How I was Beaten At 10 For Writing A Love Letter To My Classmate- Osinbajo

When Love Dey Shark Boys- Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo has narrated how he was beaten by his mother at 10 for writing love letter to his classmate.

Osinbanjo wrote on Twitter," When I was 10 years old, there was a girl in my class who I was quite certain at the time that I could give my life. So I wrote her a lovely poem over a weekend; I wrote the poem on Friday and finished it on Saturday. And it was, if I may say so myself, a work of sheer genius.

It ended with the dramatic words; "your warm embrace may be the last desire of my heart before I die!"

I tucked it in my school bag and looked forward with a heart filled with love for Monday, to present to the object of my affections.

My mum, while cleaning out the bag, found the letter, and all hell broke loose. Needless to say, she beat the poetic genius out of me that terrible afternoon.

But that’s not the end of the story. True love as you know, will survive even the worst brutality.

So, I bore my injuries as a worthy suffering. On Monday morning, I found the best opportunity to give her a freshly written version of the poem. I turned away as she took the letter, I didn’t want to behold the sheer pleasure as she read it......but as I turned around, I noticed that she had actually handed the poem over to the teacher and she was pointing at me!

While my physical bruises have healed from that experience and what happened with the teacher, my capacity for writing romantic poetry greatly diminished.

Mr. Fix It, Chief Tony Anenih Dies At 85

A former Minister of Works, BOT Chairman and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Tony Anenih, is dead.

According to information, Anenih died at Cedarcrest Hospital Abuja.

He was aged 85.


Anthony Akhakon Anenih was born in Uzenema-Arue in Uromi. In 1951 he joined the Nigeria police force in Benin City. Working at home, he obtained secondary school qualifications. He attended the police college in Ikeja, and was selected for further training in the Bramshill Police College, Basingstoke, England in 1966 and the International Police Academy, Washington DC in 1970. He served as a police orderly to the first Governor General of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. He worked as an instructor in various police colleges, and in 1975 was assigned to the Administrative Staff College (ASCON), Lagos. He retired from the police as a Commissioner of police.

Early political career

He was State Chairman of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) between 1981 and 1983, helping Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia become elected as civilian Governor of Bendel State. However, the governorship was cut short by the military takeover of December 1983. He was National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 1992 and 1993, when he assisted in the election Chief M. K. O. Abiola as president. He was a member of the Constitutional Conference in 1994.

Anenih was a member of the PDM until early April 2002, when he transferred to the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Anenih was said to have masterminded the 26 April 2002 declaration of President Obasanjo at the International Conference center Abuja. He was deputy national coordinator of Olusegun Obasanjo's campaign Organisation in the 1999 and 2003 elections

Minister of Works and Housing

Chief Anenih was appointed Minister of Works and Housing in 1999. He subsequently became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP. 

FG's School Feeding Programme Costs $1.8m Daily, Osinbajo Reveals

Federal Government spends more than $1.8 million every day on the National School Feeding Programme, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

He also said $183 million had so far been invested in the programme.

According to NAN, Osinbajo stated this in his keynote address at the closing ceremony of the 20th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum held at Four Seasons Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia, on Thursday.

Osinbajo was quoted as saying more than nine million primary pupils were benefitting across 26 states where the programme had taken effect.

The programme featured more than 353 delegates and experts from nine countries. The delegates included experts in the nutrition industry, United Nations officials from the World Food Programme, Global Child Nutrition Fund, the World Bank and stakeholders.

He said: “By tackling the broader issues of eradication of poverty, food and nutrition security, and increasing school enrolment. It is becoming clearer that the 21st century will be defined by knowledge and skills.

“The nations that are best able to present the most knowledgeable and most skilful citizens will prevail in commerce, in science and technology and of course, will enjoy the greatest prosperity and the longevity to enjoy the prosperity.

“Nations that do not invest enough to produce the required level of talent and skills will be left behind; a farther distance than ever before in the history of mankind.

“By 2035, Africa will have 1.2billion people. Over 50 per cent of that number will be young persons under the age of 25. Today, 60 per cent of the unemployed in Africa are young people.”

Osinbajo said at the cost of $0.19 per child per day, a balanced meal was provided for every one of the children, as 9,300,892 million pupils in 49,837 public primary schools in 26 states across Nigeria benefitted daily.

According to Osinbajo, at current numbers, the programme costs $1,767,169.48 per day and over $183 million has been invested so far in the programme.

He continued: “The programme employs 95,422 cooks, and over 100,000 smallholder farmers linked to the programme, supplying locally sourced ingredients.

“This translates to 594 cattle, 138,000 chickens, 6.8 million eggs, 83 metric tons of fish that are procured, prepared, and distributed each week. As you can imagine, the quantity of starch and vegetables required for this programme on a weekly basis is equally impressive”.

He listed highlighted partnerships with international donors such as Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Partnership For Child Development, Imperial College, among others, justa s he commended the Global Child Nutrition Forum and World Food Programme, for their efforts.


Nigerians React To President Buhari’s Certificate Saga, Calls For His Disqualification

Nigerians have taken to the social networks to demand for President Muhammadu Buhari Certificate. The call comes after the president again failed to present his certicate to the National Electoral Commission(INEC) for the 2019 general elections, saying the document is in the custody of the Nigerian army, the body he retired from more than three decades ago

Some of the Nigerians who took the social network includes former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, he wrote, “Once again Buhari has refused to submit his WAEC certificate to INEC. Once again he says that it is with the military authorities. Even though he has been Commander in Chief for the last few years he has been unable to retrieve them. May God save Nigeria from this man.

The national Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Kola Ologbondiyan‏ @officialKolaO wrote, “Integrity demands that you write to military authorities asking them to forward your credentials to INEC Even @MBuhari followers are not prepared to accept NEPA Bill for WAEC in 2019 So, Mr President, Wey your certificate?

Reno Omokri @renoomokri, who lambasted the president for over 10 million job since he became the president of Nigeria, said “Other than the 11 million jobs he lost, the only jobs @MBuhari could create in almost 4 years were the jobs he gave the 13 SANs that he engaged to go to court to prevent him from presenting his certificate to Nigerians. Now he is telling INEC a cock and bull story! #RenosDarts

Ayeesha Musa‏ @AyeeshaMusa, wrote, “How did we get here Nigeria? How did we get this point where @MBuhari was elected @NGRPresident without a WAEC result, in a country whose total population's literacy level is at 59.6% (male: 69.2%, female: 49.7% as at January 20, 2018)?

ThankGod Ukachukwu‏ @kcnaija, wrote, “Buhari orders activation of the economy. Buhari Orders Clampdown On Illegal Security Outfits. Buhari Orders APC to Capture Kwara Buhari orders payment of N22.68b to ex-Airways workers. President Buhari, order the military board to forward your WAEC certificate to INEC!

Henry Shield‏ @henryshield said, “It's finally confirmed...... The President of the most populous black nation in the world has no WAEC certificate. No decent human being will defend President Buhari's non-ownership of a WAEC certificate.

An activist, Adeyanju Deji @adeyanjudeji wrote “Dear President Buhari, Permission to lead a PROTEST on your behalf to demand for the release of your WAEC certificate by the military. We are willing to collect teargas for you sir. Our president does not have ordinary WAEC certificate in 2018. Even as President & C-in-C, he says he can’t retrieve his so-called certificate from the military. Does he think we are all fools? Things can’t just continue like this.

Why calling out INEC on the matter, Oluyemi Fasipe ‏ @YemieFASH, said, ““ Buhari did not tender any academic record to become President, INEC conspired with APC to install a WAEC-LESS President. The whole world must see this, dont stop retweeting. Cc: @BBCAfrica @CNN @AJStream @USEmbassyAbuja @UKinNigeria

Ayobami‏ @dondekojo Imagine being educated up to PHD level but you're defending someone that didn't write WAEC online. LOL I'd rather just keep quiet and vote. It's shameful.

Calling on INEC to disqualify Mr. Buhari, CONFIDENCE‏ @realNCNC , said, “For the second time the President of the most populous country in Africa fails to submit his WAEC certificate. Dear @MBuhari, if you can't produce your WAEC certificate don't bother contesting in 2019. Don't stop Retweeting till @inecnigeria disqualifies him.

The Nigerian Wailers‏ @NGRWailers Dear Senator Adeleke, If anyone ask you about your certificate, dont bother, dont be troubled. Simply tell them, "My Certificate is with WAEC" Let them go and sort it out there. Simple!

Henry‏ @Henry12038060 Listen..if you are a graduate and you know that you have even your WAEC cert and u are still supporting Buhari you are a disgrace to your entire generation,..this is not party issue here or about individual but for the interest of our nation.,how long must we keep disgracing

· Your Ex‏ @OgaPromoter Your President doesn't have ordinary WAEC result but he's ruling a whole nation. His citizens have to write & pass GCE/NECO/WAEC, UTME, Post-UTME to gain admission into the university. But your President says he's fighting corruption.

Anthony Martial 'Rejects Rejects Man U Contract'

Mancher United Winger, Anthony Martial has reportedly rejected a new contract at Manchester United.

This comes a week after Mirror Sport revealed that the Frenchman still wants to leave the Old Trafford, feeling his progress has stalled under coach Jose Mourinho.

With the 22-year-old out of contract at the end of the season has rejected the offer on the table but talk are set to continue with his agent with hope an agreement can be reached.

According to the report, Martial feels his career has stalled at Old Trafford having arrived from Monaco in 2015, and United could now trigger a 12-month option on his contract but that is likely only to ensure they receive a fee for his services.

Senator Ben Bruce Celebrates His Mother As She Clocks 92

Senator representing Bayelsa East Constituency, Ben Bruce, today celebrated the 92nd birthday of his mother in Lagos.
A special thanksgiving service was held in her honour at St Dominic’s Catholic Church, Yaba, Lagos.

He said, “I love my mother to the moon and back. She was used by God to make me into the man I am today. Happy birthday mummy dearest'.

Kidnapped Kaduna Traditional ruler killed by kidnappers

Kaduna-Kidnappers on Thursday killed a prominent Traditional ruler in Kaduna state, the Agwom Adara, Maiwada Raphael Galadima, after allegedly collecting ransom for his release.

The traditional ruler, the paramount Chief of the Adara people in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state, was abducted last Friday with his wife while his security guards and driver were killed by his abductors. The wife was released last Sunday and was taken to the hospital.

An official of the Adara Development Association(ADA) who confirmed the incidence on Friday said the leader was killed after his abductors collected ransom.

His corpse has been deposited at the St Gerald Hospital in Kaduna. It will be recalled that the paramount ruler was abducted on his way to his palace in Kachia after accompanying Governor Nasir el-Rufai to Kasuwan Magani to commiserate with the community over the bloody violence that claimed many lives last week, Thursday.

His convoy was intercepted by the bandits who killed his police orderly and four other palace guards before he and the wife were taken to the bush. Repeated telephone calls to the police spokesman for confirmation went unanswered.

Again, Buhari Failed To Attach Necessary Supporting Documents As INEC Releases 2019 Presidential Candidates List

** My Academic Qualification Documents Still With Military, Buhari Tells INEC
***Buhari, Atiku, 74 others make INEC presidential list

A total of 76 political parties will contest for presidency in 2019 general elections, according to the INEC publication.

The lead candidates, President Muhammadu Buhari(APC), former vice president Atiku Abubakar(PDP) and 74 others have been named as contestants for the 2019 presidential poll in the provisional list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The list, released, yesterday, in compliance with Section 31 (1 and 3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). Other candidates include: Obadiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress, Omoyele Sowore(AAC) and former Governor Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party.

However, President Buhari again failed to attach necessary supporting documents, insisting that they were in the custody of the military.

In the affidavit which he swore to, Buhari said, “I am the above named person and the deponent of this affidavit herein. All my academic qualification documents as filled in my Presidential form, APC/001/2015 are currently with the Secretary of the Military Board as of the time of this affidavit.”

On his part, Atiku submitted all relevant documents, with a Diploma in Law in 1969 from the Ahmadu Bello University being his highest qualification.

The former Vice-President also attached tax returns indicating that he had paid N10.8m in tax from 2015 to 2017 while declaring his income within the period as N60.2m.

Also named in the INEC list are, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, former governor Sam Egwu, Victor Umeh, Stella Oduah, Uche Ekwenife, and others as candidates for the National Assembly in their various states.

In Anambra Central Senatorial district, the published candidates are Charles Odunukwe of the Peoples Democratic (PDP), Chief Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mrs. Ekwunife of All Progressives Congress (APC).

In South Senatorial district, a serving senator, Andy Uba of the APC, Chukwunedum Ubah of the PDP and Nicholas Ukachukwu of APGA made the list.

For North Senatorial district, a former senator, Margery Okadigbo of the APC, Mrs. Oduah of the PDP and Chinedu Emeka of APGA made the provisional list.


In Ogun State, only the list of senatorial and House of Representatives candidates of the APC and that of the ADC were available at the INEC office in the state.

The list of PDP National Assembly candidates, was however, not available as at press time last night.

For the ADC, the senatorial candidates on the INEC list include the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Titi Oseni-Gomez as candidate in Ogun Central, Adedeji Ashiru, Ogun East and Babatunde Ogunnola, Ogun West.

For the House of Representatives, ADC would field Fasasi Oyemade, Remo Federal Constituency, Olaifa Aremu, Egbado North/ Imeko-Afon, Abiodun Akinboyede, Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency, Gabriel Omolaja, Ijebu Ode/ Ijebu North East/Odogbolu, Ogundimu Akande, Abeokuta South, Olude Adewale, Egbado South/ Ipokia, Omoleye Olabode, Abeokuta North, Obafemi-Owode/Odeda and Jenriyi Oshinowo, Ijebu North/ Ijebu East/ Ogun Waterside. The candidate for Ifo/ Ewekoro Federal Constituency was not published on the INEC list.

Those to fly the APC senatorial flag are Lekan Mustapha, Ogun East, the incumbent Chief of Staff to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Tolu Odebiyi, Ogun West, while Governor Amosun would vie for Ogun Central.

For the House of Representatives, Jimoh Ojugbele, Kayode Oladele and Ibrahim Isiaka would slug it to be returned to Ado-Odo/Ota, Egbado North/Imeko-Afon and Ifo/Ewekoro federal constituencies, respectively.

Others include: Biyi Otegbeye, Egbado South/ Ipokia, Biyi Ismail, Ijebu North/East/Ogun Waterside, Olumide Osoba, Abeokuta North/Obafemi-Owode/ Odeda, Olanrewaju Edun, Abeokuta South, Adewunmi Onanuga, Remo federal constituency and Osunsanya Akorede, Ijebu Ode/Ijebu North and Odogbolu federal constituency.

Head of the Public Affairs Department of INEC in Lagos, Femi Akinbiyi, revealed that 50 candidates would contest for the three Lagos Senatorial seats on the platform of 25 political parties and 249 candidates across 30 political parties would contest the state’s 24 seats in the House of Representatives.

Lagos West Senatorial District has 22 candidates, Lagos East and Lagos Central 15 and 13 candidates respectively.

For the House of Representatives election, only the PDP, APC and ADC fielded candidates in all the 24 federal constituencies.

Ebonyi, Kogi, Ebonyi, Oyo

Top on the list of candidates displayed as eligible to contest the National Assembly seats in Ebonyi State on the ticket of the PDP are Dr. Sam Egwu for Ebonyi North and his counterpart for Ebonyi Central, Senator Obinna Ogba.

In the APC, a former senator and pioneer speaker of the state, Julius Ucha made it for Ebonyi Central.

It could not be confirmed whether former Minister of State for Power and Steel, Chief Godwin Ogbaga eventually made the list as APC candidate for Ebonyi North.

In Benue, INEC’s State Public Relations Officer, Terka Andya, said the list will be posted in all the 23 local government headquarters of the state.

Andya in a telephone chat said that already, the list had been posted in zones A and C of the state while staff of the Commission are working assiduously to ensure that the list for zone B is posted before midnight to meet the deadline given by the INEC chairman.

He assured that by today, everyone would have access to the list which would be pasted on the notice boards in all the local government offices of INEC across the state.

The Kogi State office of INEC only published the list of all the presidential candidates. It was gathered that a comprehensive list of all the candidates will be published on or before Saturday.

The situation was not the same in Enugu State when Daily Sun visited the Independence Layout office of the commission by 8pm; as the list was yet to be displayed.

Attempts to reach the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Emeka Ononamadu was not fruitful.

The REC for Oyo State, Mutiu Agboke, led a delegation of INEC officials to paste the list of presidential candidates and photocopies of their credentials at the state headquarters of the commission.

He said the lists of candidates for Senatorial and House of Representatives would be pasted today at local government offices of the commission across the state.

Head of Voters Education and Publicity in Zamfara State INEC office, Garba Galadima, said the office was yet to receive the list.

He said the most recent list the office received from the INEC headquarters was the claims and objectives list of all the Senate and House of Representatives aspirants in the state.

“The new list we have is those pasted outside the gate”, he said.

The list pasted outside the Zamfara INEC office is stamped and dated October 17, 2018.

Atiku assures NLC, TUC, Nigeria’s workers of total commitment

People Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the 2019 general election and former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has pledge his total commitment to the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), the Trade Union Congress(TUC) and Nigeria’s workers if elected in 2019. Atiku made the promise today on Twitter via his verified account @atiku.

Atiku said, “I want the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the generality of Nigeria’s workers to be assured of my commitment to the principle of a living wage for

In my private enterprises, I have shown commitment to the goose that lays the golden egg, and if given the opportunity, I shall extend that commitment to the public sector.

This promise is coming at a time when the NLC and TUC, are planning to embark on indefinite strike on November 6 over minimum wage.

Ethiopian President Teshome Resigns

President of Ethiopia, Mulatu Teshome on Wednesday tendered resignation request to the Ethiopian Parliament, State news agency ENA reported.

Teshome, who has been the East African country’s head of state since October 2013, on Wednesday, October 24, submitted his letter of resignation as the Ethiopian parliament’s two houses are scheduled to consider his resignation.
The houses would eventually name his successor in a joint extraordinary session on Thursday, October 25, the report said.  
The joint extraordinary session of the Ethiopian parliament on Thursday “will deliberate on the president’s application for resignation and will elect a new president,’’ according to ENA. The erstwhile president, who conducted his doctoral studies in international law at Peking University in China, was unanimously appointed as Ethiopia’s president on October 7, 2013 while he was serving as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey.
 Teshome is a member of Oromo Democratic Party, one of the four member parties of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.
Teshome’s imminent resignation also came shortly after Ethiopian government’s cabinet reshuffle. The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the Ethiopian parliament’s lower house, earlier approved the appointment of 16 new cabinet members upon the endorsement of prime minister Abiy Ahmed, in which only four of the previous cabinet’s members remained in their positions.
Teshome, 63, had served in various high-level Ethiopian government offices and ministries as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation, Minister of Agriculture, and Spokesperson of the House of Federation. He had also served in various diplomatic missions representing the east African country to China, Turkey, Japan, Thailand and Azerbaijan

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