Ambode Thanks Tinubu, Party leaders, Says He Is Ready For The Primaries

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday (September 26th) expressed his readiness to participate in Saturday’s Primary Election where members of the All Progressives Congress across the State are expected to choose the party’s flagbearer through direct primaries.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the governor said he is restating his readiness in line with the choice of the party in Lagos State, and the validation given to the direct primary preference by the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC).

“As our great party approaches Saturday, September 29, 2018, earmarked for the direct primary election to choose the candidate to fly our party’s gubernatorial flag at the next general election. I am happy to restate my commitment to participate in that process having procured and submitted my nomination form and having formally declared my intention to seek a second term to continue on the path of unprecedented growth and development that our State has witnessed since 2015”.

READ: Osun Rerun: Omisore Gives Conditions To Support PDP

The governor expressed profound gratitude to the national leader of the Party, Bola Tinubu; party elders and executives; GAC members; all APC members and every Lagosian “whose support, understanding and prayers have assisted me in no small measure in being used as an instrument through which our State has redefined the concept of greatness”.

The statement added that the governor, in seeking re-election, is approaching the founding fathers and teeming members of the party with a “grateful heart, open arms and a pledge to open and deeper attention to the concerns of this one, big family”.

It added that a return of the party’s ticket to Governor Ambode will guarantee the stability of the state’s growing economy; ensure the continuation of the growth and development it has witnessed over time and ensure that the opposition does not take root in the state.

The statement also congratulated the governor’s co-contestants for their courage and commitment to the party, and urged party faithful to come out en masse and vote peacefully in all the 20 Local Governments and 245 wards where the election will take place.


Jonathan almost jailed Buhari, Atiku for treason, Abubakar peace committee reveals

THE General Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee, has revealed that former President Goodluck Jonathan almost arrested and jailed President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for treason before the 2015 elections.

According to the committee, the former left the duo and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) off the hook in consideration of national interest.
The committee, which disclosed this at the presentation of its report on the 2015 general elections in Abuja on Tuesday, also stated that Jonathan conceded defeat and called to congratulate President Buhari without its knowledge.

This, the committee said was contrary to wide media reports that the peace committee exerted influence on the former President to concede defeat.
According to a report, tagged: “2015 General Elections: The Untold Story”, published by The Kukah Centre, the National Peace Committee said it didn’t convince Jonathan to concede defeat to Buhari contrary to popular media reports.

According to the committee, its primary concern has always been how to get the defeated candidates to accept the outcome of the election by conceding promptly and unequivocally so that the winner would naturally have a much easier task to be magnanimous in victory.
The committee said: “The committee in the evening of March 31 requested audience with President Jonathan at the Villa.
”As it awaited confirmation for the meeting with the president, the Committee Chairman, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, GCFR also put a call through to General Buhari who informed him that President Jonathan had only minutes earlier called to concede the elections.
“He particularly asked the Committee to please convey his good wishes to President Jonathan for his great act of statesmanship.

“Shortly after that, members of the committee who were greatly relieved, headed to the Villa where they met privately with President Jonathan and thanked him for his great courage.
“At this point, the Buhari Campaign team were yet to address the press on the historic development and as such, many Nigerians got the news of the concession from General Abubakar’s brief media session with State House Correspondents which perhaps helps create the wrong, but widespread impression that the committee sat with President Jonathan at the Villa as the results came in and had directly prevailed on him to concede.”

The report further disclosed how Jonathan, in a meeting with the committee cited “national interest” as reason he stopped his earlier decision to press home with treasonable charges against the then APC presidential candidate, Buhari and other leaders of the party, over threats to form a parallel government if they didn’t win the election.
According to the 51-page document, Jonathan jettisoned the plan “in the interest of peace and national stability.”
Part of page 13 of the report reads: “A meeting with Jonathan was held at the Aso Rock Villa in the afternoon of Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
“At the meeting, he (Jonathan) raised some issues concerning the state of the nation, the threat of violence by the opposition (APC then) based on allegations that he (Jonathan) and his party were planning to rig the elections.
“He (Jonathan) noted that he took very seriously the threat by leading members of the opposition to form a parallel government in the event that they didn’t win the elections, but that he chose not to react to such apparent treasonable acts in the interest of peace.”

IPOB To Disrupt President Buhari’s Activities At UN General Assembly In New York

IPOB Concludes Plans To Disrupt Buhari’s Activities At UN General Assembly In New York. The members of Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) have concluded plans to protest against Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in New York to participate in the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly.

According to a source that craved for anonymity revealed to Nigeria that IPOB members gathered forces to protest against Nigeria President, including the South-East Governors for the roles they played in the Disappearances of IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The delegation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by its Deputy Leader, Uche Mefor, had met with United Nations (UN) officials over killings of its members in the Southeast zone of Nigeria.

The Mefor-led delegation visited the UN headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland on September 14, the same day Biafrans remembered the victims of the invasion of the home of IPOB leader at Isiama Afaraukwu, Umuahia, Abia State, with a sit-at-home protest.

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Awards: The Best Fifa Awards 2018, Here Are All The Winners

FIFA on Monday night handed out it The Best’ awards for 2018 in London, recognizing the, well, best of the best in the sport over the past year.

BREAKING: Modric Breaks Ronaldo-Messi Dominance, Wins FIFA Best Player Award

LUKA Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by FIFA, while Marta won the women’s award for a sixth time.
Congratulations, Luka Modric
Winner of #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2018
— #TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 24, 2018

Modric was voted FIFA’s best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.
He beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize.
What. A. Team.

The question is now, could @idriselba coach them to glory?
— #TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 24, 2018


Mens Player of the Year: Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia)
Womens Player of the Year: Marta (Brazil)
Mens Coach of the Year: Didier Deschamps (France)
Womens Coach of the Year: Reynald Pedros
Puskas Award: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool v Everton)
FIFPRO World XI: De Gea, Alves, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kante, Hazard, Mbappe, Ronaldo
FIFA Fan Award: Peru supporters
FIFA Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy (VVV Venlo, missed a match last year to donate stem cells to help a Leukaemia patient)
Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.
Salah’s strike in last season’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield has won the Puskas Award for the goal of the season.

Osun decides: Hon. Jibrin reveals who stopped PDP, Adeleke from winning elections – MainNews

POLITICSOsun decides: Hon. Jibrin reveals who stopped PDP, Adeleke from winning elections Published on September 24, 2018 By Ifreke Inyang

Abdulmumin Jibrin, an All Progressives Congress (APC) member in the House of Representatives, has said the ruling party would have lost the Osun governorship elections outright if Senator Iyiola Omisore didn’t decamp to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Jibrin also admitted the way the election went should be a wake-up call for the APC.

Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 254,699 ahead of Isiaka Oyetola of the APC who had 254,345 votes.

The election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the ground that the number of cancelled votes: 3,498, exceeded the difference between the two leading parties which is 353.

INEC has fixed Thursday for a rerun in the areas where the votes were cancelled.

In a tweet on Sunday, Jibrin said he is humbled by the outcome of the election.

“I must confess the Osun outcome has humbled me irrespective of who wins the rerun! So it is in order to say if Sen Omisore did not decamp to SDP that pulled 128, 049 votes, PDP would have had an outright win?

“This must be a wake up call for APC to avoid being victim of complacency,” the lawmaker tweeted.

Declare Adeleke Osun poll winner, PDP tells INEC – MainNews

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare its Osun standard-bearer Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

At a press conference, the party insisted the process was conclusive, saying its candidate met the requirements of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, who addressed the press, said Section 179 (2) (a)(b) of the 1999 Constitution, (as amended), is clear in spelling out the conditions for returning a candidate to the office of governor of a state.

“This section states inter-alia, ‘a candidate for an election to the office of governor of a state shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being two or more candidates – (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the state’,” he quoted.

Describing the verdict as a robbery of the people’s franchise, the PDP said: “It is obvious that having failed in their schemes to alter the final results, due to the resistance of the people, the APC had to bear pressure on INEC to declare the election inconclusive, to pave way for the perfection of their manipulative schemes, which the people of Osun State have firmly resisted so far.

“Instead of yielding to the evil machination of the APC, INEC should have summoned the patriotic courage to immune itself and end this needless controversy by returning the PDP and declaring our candidate as the winner.

“It is instructive to state that the PDP will no longer accept inconclusive elections as subterfuge by the APC to attain its dubious electoral manipulative schemes in our nation.”

The PDP gave the All Progressives Congress (APC) a rude shock as the result of Saturday’s Osun State governorship election was announced.

The opposition party won the election but by a margin, which according to Returning Officer Prof. Joseph Adeola Fuwape, restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from declaring its candidate, Ademola Adeleke, outright winner.

While APC’s Gboyega Oyetola scored 254,345 votes, his counterpart, popularly known as the ‘dancing senator’, polled 254,698.

“According to the election guideline, where the margin of win between the two leading candidates is not in excess of the total number of registered voters of the polling units where elections were cancelled, a candidate may not be returned.

“From the analysis of the result we have, the difference between the two leading parties is just 353.

And the number of voters in the units where elections were cancelled is 3,498.

To that effect, unfortunately, as a returning officer, it’s not possible to declare any party as the clear winner of this election,” Fuwape said.

The polling units (seven altogether) where results were cancelled are: Ife North, one; Ife South, two; Oreolu, three; Osogbo, one.

The electoral body has since fixed Thursday, September 27, for a re-run in the affected units.

There was a dramatic interlude when one Mr. Salawu Mutiu Kolawole, believed to be an INEC official, was arrested for allegedly shredding the result sheets of Ayedade Local Government Area.

He claimed he took the action on the instruction of his superior. In video clips trending online, Kolawole said: “My boss, Mrs. Aderinoye, in Ayedade local council, called me and directed me to go to the council and tear the result sheets.

Before I could ask her, she cut the call. I approached another electoral officer, Mr. Oladunjoye, and told him what my boss said. I went there to tear it.

But while doing it, two party agents met me and arrested me. They brought me to INEC office.

I am not a party agent but an official of INEC. My phone was taken from me by policemen who ushered me into the premises.”

Mr. Ologbondiyan, threatened that although “PDP is for peace, we will not hesitate to use every force available in a democracy to face any attempt to subvert the will of the people or rig us out in this election.”

To avoid “the fury of the people,” the PDP charged INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu to “immediately reverse this fraudulent decision and declare our candidate the winner.

Anything short of this is definitely not acceptable to the PDP and the people of Osun, and it is a direct recipe for crisis.”

In another statement, PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus, added: “What other evidence do the democratic watchers and security agencies need to establish obvious bias from INEC: the commission’s administrative officer caught destroying result sheets in Ayedade Local Government Area, where over a thousand votes belonging to PDP were removed, confirmed acting on the instruction of his superior officer?”

The Osun chapter of the PDP accused INEC of colluding with the APC to rob its candidate of victory, describing the inconclusive verdict as a rape of democracy.

“The whole world saw how our candidate and the party were denied victory.

We are amazed that INEC could resort to this illegality to please the APC,” state chairman, Soji Adagunodo, declared at a press conference.

But Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola blamed the PDP for the outcome of the election, expressing optimism that the APC would win the re-run.

Reacting to the allegation that the APC was behind the cancellation of results in the seven units and the arrested INEC official, he said: “It was orchestrated by the PDP. Ask yourself, who arrested him?

Was it the police or PDP agents? The video being shared around was orchestrated for cheap propaganda. They acted it. The police will not parade a suspect along the road.”

Also, APC’s acting national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, urged the people of Osun to support its candidate in the re-run.

He told The Guardian: “Our party must go back to the drawing board, to see if it can get things right.

Osun governorship election result is a big lesson ahead of 2019 and we have to re-strategise.

For now, we are only begging Osun people to, please, vote for APC in the re-run.”

Breaking: Burials begin as deaths from Tanzania ferry disaster rise to 224

Coffins for the victims of the MV Nyerere passenger ferry are transported by another ferry to Ukara Island, Tanzania. Picture: AP
Relatives carry coffins to be used for the victims of the MV Nyerere passenger ferry on Ukara Island, Tanzania. Picture: Andrew Kasuku/AP
Residents and relatives of the victims of the MV Nyerere passenger ferry wait on the shore for news and observe rescue efforts on Ukara Island, Tanzania. Picture: Andrew Kasuku/A

Nairobi – Tanzania’s State broadcaster says burials have started of those who died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria as the death toll rose to 224.

Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation said Sunday that Prime Minister Kasssim Majaliwa is leading mourners at the funeral service. On Saturday rescuers found a survivor two days after the tragedy.

Rescue divers stand on top of the capsized MV Nyerere passenger ferry on Ukara Island, Tanzania. The death toll soared past 200 on Saturday while officials said a survivor was found inside the capsized ferry. Picture: Andrew Kasuku/AP

The man was identified as an engineer of the ferry who had locked himself in the engine room. Video footage showed the man, barefoot and head lolling, carried quickly along a busy street by medical workers and military personnel as a siren wailed. His condition was not immediately known.

Tanzania’s Defense Chief Venance Mabeyo told reporters at the scene that no further survivors were likely. Search efforts were ending and officials would work on identifying the dead.