EUREKA NEWS @ NOON – JANUARY 25, 2019
Atiku’s endorsement splits Ohaneze Ndigbo
Chieftains of Ohaneze Ndigbo are split over the purported endorsement of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Abubakar Atiku by the organisation. It would be recalled that an arm of the organisation known as ‘Ime Obi’ arising from its meeting on Thursday, declared support for Atiku on the grounds that he was running with an Igbo man, Mr Peter Obi. This endorsement is in clear contrast of earlier stance of the Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation of not endorsing any of the presidential candidates. However, a former Secretary General of the organisation, Chief Obiora Ozobu, described the move as a hoax and personal invention of the President General of the organisation, Chief Nnia Nwodo.
It’s not true my govt is marginalising Igbo – President
President Muhammadu Buhari has said it is not true that his government has been marginalising Igbo people. He also assured the Igbo of a seaport in Onitsha if re-elected. He announced that the River Niger portion in Onitsha would be among the rivers that would be dredged for seaports in his second term. Others, he said, included Warri and Lokoja, which he said when done, would decongest the Lagos seaport and open economic activities in Anambra and the South-East in general.
Osinbajo: APC will take Nigeria to Next Level
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday visited the first Executive Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, at his Ilupeju home in Mushin Local Government Area. The vice-president, who held a closed-door meeting with the former governor and his family, was in Lagos for the continuation of his door-to-door campaign ahead of the forthcoming general elections. He was accompanied by the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, House of Representatives Majority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, Senator Ganiyu Solomon and the Speacial Adviser (SA) to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, among others.
Nigeria’s 2019 election: PDP, CUPP hail UK, US plan to place visa ban on poll riggers, others
The United States and the United Kingdom have warned that politicians, who instigate violence or are involved in electoral fraud, will be refused visas to enter their countries. In statements issued by the US Embassy and British High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Thursday, both governments called for free and fair elections, announcing that politicians working towards scuttling the exercise would not only face a number of sanctions but would also have their family members face visa bans to the US and the UK.
FG yet to make fresh offer over strike, Says ASUU
The strike embarked upon by lecturers in the country’s universities may not end soon as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Thursday said the federal government has failed to make fresh offer on funding for the revitalisation of public universities in the country. The President of the union, Prof. Biodun Oduwole, who made the disclosure in Strike Bulletin 9 sent to branches of the union and journalists in Ibadan, Oyo State, also said the government is yet to address the issue of renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement in its new offer made to the union last Monday.
Imo APC: Uzodinma stripped of governorship ticket
Barely few weeks to the governorship election in Imo, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, may have finally kissed goodbye to his governorship ambition as the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party, yesterday, expelled him for alleged anti-party activities. Briefing newsmen, state Chairman of the party, Daniel Nwafor, noted that with the expulsion of Uzodinma, Imo APC seemed to have no candidate for now.
APC leadership to decide on 2023 presidency, says Chime
Former Enugu State Governor, Mr Sullivan Chime says the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will have the final say on the zone that gets the president in 2023. Chime disclosed this on Thursday night in Enugu while fielding questions from newsmen following the campaign tour of President Muhammadu Buhari in the state. The former governor said that the appropriate organ of the party would make the decision at the appropriate time. He said that the party was currently preoccupied with the reelection of Buhari.
Lagos gov poll: Agbaje frowns at vandalisation of billboards, materials
The Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation, yesterday, frowned at the vandalisation of its over 3,000 billboards and campaigns material by suspected thugs just as it accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of using state powers to intimidate the opposition. In a statement by Modupe Ogunbayo, spokesperson of the campaign organisation, titled: Unlawful removal of campaign posters, party signs and other material from the 3rd Mainland bridge, the organisation described the move as undemocratic and ill-motived to ensure there is no level playing field.
Sagay hails Edgal, laments verbal attacks against Lagos CP
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, has come to the defence of Imohimi Edgal, the commissioner of police in Lagos state. Edgal has been subjected to verbal attacks by some sympathisers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos after violence disrupted the party’s campaign launch in the state. Sagay in a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, January 24, decried the attacks, stating that the Lagos police boss is a highly professional and dedicated officer.
Kogi shuts MTN facilities over N120m tax
The Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) has again shut down facilities of telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria, over failure to pay tax obligations to the tune of N120 million to the government. The Kogi revenue agency in October last year sealed MTN facilities and base stations across the state following an order of the state high court which gave it the go ahead to shut the services of the telecom provider. The director, Legal Services and Enforcement of Kogi State Revenue Service, Barrister Jamil Isah, who led his team to seal the facilities of the telecom service provider at Mount Patti, Obajana and other places in Lokoja, yesterday, said MTN had been uncooperative in meeting its tax obligations
Pandemonium as fire guts UAC 14-storey building in Lagos
It was an hour of pandemonium at Marina, Lagos Island on Thursday, January 24, as fire gutted a 14-storey building, which belonged to United African Company (UAC), leaving staff stranded amid the loss of personal property and important files. The Guardian reports that the fire started around 12pm from the 10th floor of the building, shattering glasses and razing down the property worth million of naira. Legit.ng gathers that no one was in the building when the fire started, with eye witness disclosing that the first two fire service trucks that arrived the scene were unable to quench the fire because they lacked long pipes that could get to the 10th floor.
Djokovic thrashes Pouille to reach Australian Open final
Novak Djokovic will play Rafael Nadal for the 53rd time in the Australian Open final on Sunday after crushing Lucas Pouille for the loss of only four games. Of the world number one’s 24 grand slam semi-final victories, only the one over an injured Marin Cilic at the US Open in 2015 was more comprehensive than this 6-0 6-2 6-2 demolition, which lasted just an hour and 23 minutes. Frenchman Pouille, who had never faced Djokovic before, had made it through to the last four of a slam for the first time but was left helpless in the face of such a brilliant performance.
Real Madrid’s Ramos could play up front if needed – Solari
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said defender Sergio Ramos could play at centre-forward if needed, and added that he was happy with the “Panenka” approach that has seen him convert all seven of their penalties this season. But Ramos said he might have to change his approach to penalties despite his consistent success with the Panenka method. “It’s how I like to play and hopefully they will keep going in, but I can’t take it for granted,” he told Madrid’s website. “Keepers are staying on their feet for longer, so maybe I’ll have to put it to the side next time.”
Venezuela crisis: Opposition leader Guaido offers ‘amnesty’ for President Maduro
Venezuela’s opposition leader has indicated he would grant amnesty to embattled president Nicolas Maduro if he cedes power. Juan Guaido, who has declared himself interim president of the South American country amid mass demonstrations against Mr Maduro, said “all those who are willing to side with the constitution” could be offered reprieves. Speaking from an undisclosed location, the 35-year-old National Assembly leader told the American Spanish-language TV channel Univison that an amnesty could also be offered to the president and his closest allies.
Trump warns ‘ALL options are on the table’ to force Venezuela’s President Maduro out of power
US President Donald Trump has warned ‘all options are on the table’ to force Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro out of power. The oil-rich but economically devastated country was plunged into uncertainty on Wednesday when Juan Guaido, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, proclaimed himself ‘acting president’. He gained swift endorsement from Washington and a dozen regional powers including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. But with the fate of the nation hanging in the balance, the battle between Mr Maduro and Guaido has set up a potentially explosive struggle for power.