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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Really??Saraki Steps Up, To Contest For President In 2019

Senate President Bukola Saraki is stepping up to the big challenge for 2019, indicating he's interested in running for President.

He told the news agency: “I am consulting and actively considering it. I believe I can make the change."
He also revealed the deal he struck with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prior to his defection from the All Progressives Congess (APC), according to Bloomberg.

The Senate president said: "If a government can go and lock up an arm of government — and it’s never happened in our history — we should all be very concerned, we should not be surprised that they would use security agencies for elections.”

To win the PDP ticket at the party’s primary on Oct. 5 and 6, Saraki would need to beat other presidential aspirants, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido, former Kaduna State Governor Ahmed Makarfi, former Minister Tanimu Turaki, Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwabo and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal.

Saraki said Nigeria needed to be governed by a genuinely pro-business administration that will be able to tackle recurrent security issues.

He said: “Most of the inflows that have come in are merely hot money, and that is because the oil price has gone up. Investment in the real sector is not seen.

“The private sector, in my view, has probably taken a position that the confidence is not there in the government.

“The country requires a government that is truly pro-business and a president that sees himself as a chief marketing officer.

”There has been a persistent disregard for due process and a lack of neutrality for some of these issues. For you to have credible elections, you must have safe elections. Security agencies are actively getting involved in the politics.

“The fundamentals of whatever we are going to develop is going to be based on sound democracy, credible elections, freedom of choice of Nigerians. If we don’t have that as a foundation, then everything else cannot happen.”

“If we are going to have a subsidy, we should have a budget for it. Because once we have a budget for it, the private sector can also play a role in the importation of petroleum products. And if the private sector plays a role, definitely the cost of the subsidy will go down and there will be more efficiency in the delivery of products. But in the environment we are in today, where it’s only the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. that’s doing that, it’s going to be inefficient, it’s not going to be transparent.”

Six Things Your Skin Is Telling You About Your Diet

Everyone has those days, the ones when you look in the mirror and just don’t love what you see. Whatever your skin issue is, there are ways to fix it that go beyond seeing dermatologists or applying moisturising creams. In fact, revamping your skin can be easier than all that. Sometimes all you have to do to say goodbye to your skin hang-ups is to make simple dietary changes. 
This said, Jumia Food shares the things your skin is telling you about what you eat.
Foods that are high in iodine can trigger acne— for this reason, being cautious with what you eat is highly recommended. If you experience acne, you should evaluate your diet for iodine-rich foods. 
Early signs ageing
The quicker you eat the fewer nutrients your body absorbs. The experience of chewing, tasting, and swallowing food can cause greater nutrient absorption by your digestive system. Skin ages when it's deprived of essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins, and minerals. If you're not absorbing enough, your skin isn't getting enough — therefore ageing your skin. Eat mindfully and enjoy your food to get the most benefit.
Dry skin
Dehydration sucks the moisture out of all your body's systems — your skin included. While thirst might be invisible, your dry skin is not. If you're experiencing dry skin on the regular, you probably need to be drinking more water or at least eating more hydrating foods.
Stretch marks
Stretch marks usually happen more often when you have less zinc in your body. This is due to zinc's crucial role in repair and healing. To mitigate the physical appearance of stretch marks, eat more spinach, shrimp, seeds, and other foods with a high zinc content.
Oily skin
Oily skin signifies your diet is too high in dairy. So, if your skin oil has gone into overdrive and you find yourself dealing with daily dampness, you might be drinking too much dairy.

This skin condition is as a result of eating much animal protein (meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy). To tackle eczema, you should get rid of animal protein from your diet. In other words, you should become a vegetarian for the sake of clearing your skin of eczema.

Nigerians Built Beautiful Keke That Works Without Fuel (Photos)

A company in Aba, Abia State, has manufactured a unique Keke that works without Fuel, Oil, etc. They said they're ready for mass production.

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Detained Journalist, Jones Abiri Freed After 2 Years In Detention

Jones Abiri, the Nigerian journalist detained for over two years by DSS has been released. He was eventually released on Wednesday evening after he met his bail conditions.

Mr Abiri was detained by the State Security Service for two years without trial over allegations he was linked to armed militancy in the Niger Delta.

Premium Times reports that despite local and international pressure, Nigerian officials including the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, claimed Mr Abiri is not a journalist and tried to justify his illegal detention.

Mr Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of Weekly Source Newspaper was eventually granted bail by an Abuja court after he was charged to court following public outcry.

The court last week reviewed his bail conditions which were eventually met on Wednesday evening.

Mr Abiri’s lawyer, Samuel Ogala, also told a reporter his client’s trial continues at the Abuja magistrate court in Zone 2, Wuse on Thursday. 

Innocent Man Spends 2 Years In Prison Just For Taking Female Neighbour To Hospital

A man who was falsely accused and imprisoned for "killing his neighbour" after taking her to the hospital, has regained his freedom after two years. 
The man identified as Mr Chidiebere Onwumere, a native of Umuagbaghagha village in Osisioma area of Abia state, was jailed after being accused of killing his neighbour, late Uzochi Chinyere, who lived in same compound with him.
How did this injustice happen?

Narrating his ordeal to Abia Facts Newspaper after his release from prisons in Afara, Umuahia on Tuesday, Mr Chidiebere who was full of praises to God for vindicating him after two years of suffering for a crime he knew nothing about, said it was in his bid to save a neighbour that caused him to suffer this injustice.

He said, "I came back to where I was residing at Umujiji, Isiahia Osisioma around 6pm after 2 weeks in my village where I went to harvest and process palm fruits only to see my neighbour lying helpless and very weak and I decided to assist her to the hospital with the help of other neighbours since none of her blood relations was around".

"A pastor who resides within the neigbourhood took us with his car to a nearby hospital called Shiloh hospital where the doctor after examining her asked us to deposit 5,000 naira to enable him conduct a text that will determine exactly what was wrong with her, I and some other neighbours contributed the money and made the deposit, when the result came out the doctor told us that she was on substance overdose and was knocked out by the illegal substance, he assured us that he will treat her and she will be well again".

"The next morning Mr Promise the elder brother to the deceased, arrived the hospital and insisted on taking her away to another hospital against the doctor’s advice, but he insisted and took her to an unknown destination".

"After a few days Promise came back to our compound and took me to World Bank police station Aba where he handed me over to the police claiming that I beat his sister to death".

"Despite pleas by neigbours and other relations of the deceased that my hands are clean and that there was a doctors report stating that their sister died of substance abuse, Promise insisted and filed a murder charge against me and I was arraigned on suit no. U/520c/2016 and remanded in prison custody since June 2016 till date if not for Barrister Jerry Uzosike who God used to vindicate and bring me out of prison today".

Barrister Uzosike after leading Chidiebere out of prison asked him to go home to his family and reintegrate himself back into the society, insisting that the system must seek ways to not only address such injustice but design a befitting compensation for victims of injustice.

PDP Senators Sleeping At NASS To Stop Saraki’s Removal

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators are taking turns to sleep over at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja to prevent a noctunal removal of Senate President Bukola Saraki by their All Progressives Congress (APC) colleagues, a senator said yesterday.

“I woke up this morning from my night shift and I will still be going back to my night shift. That is to say we are keeping vigil.

“We are rotating the shift among ourselves. As regards what they are saying about impeachment (removal), it is not possible because the international community is aware of their plot."
Senator Philip Gyunka (PDP Nasarawa North) spoke in Lafia, the state capital, yesterday when he presented his letter of intent to contest for Nasarawa State governor, to the leadership of the PDP in the state.

He continued, “Don’t be discouraged. They will intimidate you as they do to us. Like myself, I don’t know how many times they have been calling me. We didn’t know they have come to truncate democracy. But the Senate president, being a product of PDP, has come to the rescue of the the situation.

“We are keeping watch on their plans. If they want the Senate President removed, which is impossible they must have two third majorities.

“They have been attempting and failing. I know they will still make attempts but they will not succeed because I know Nigerians will not allow them to make mockery of the nation’s democracy.

“If you hear a lawmaker speaking, he is speaking the minds of thousands of people.

“How then should someone, who was appointed and has neither gone to the rural areas to feel the pulse of the people, nor held town hall meeting be insisting that a man that was duly chosen by his colleagues be removed at all course.

“Oshiomhole (Adams) should be educated that this is not unionism. This is an issue that has to do with the Constitution and we will not allow him to violate it."


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Kemi Adeosun's Certificate: SERAP Drags NYSC Boss To Court

An anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has sued the National Youth Service Corps and its Director General, Brig. Gen. Sule Kazaure, over the Corps’ failure to respond to the allegation that the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, forged an NYSC Exemption Certificate.

The lawsuit was instituted at the Federal High Court, Lagos marked FHC/L/CS/1369/18. In the lawsuit, SERAP is seeking an order of mandamus against the NYSC and its DG.

The group is urging the court to declare that Kazaure and the NYSC’s failure to provide information and relevant documents on Adeosun’s true status was unlawful and amounted to a breach of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

The group is praying the court to compel the NYSC to immediately supply it with “specific documents and information on Mrs. Kemi Adeosun’s application for the NYSC Certificate and to publish widely, including on a dedicated and on the NYSC website, any such information.”

The Punch reports that the suit followed allegation that Adeosun, who studied abroad, failed to observe the mandatory one-year national youth service and resorted to forging an NYSC Exemption Certificate to secure her current job and previous ones upon returning to Nigeria.

SERAP had last week given the NYSC a seven-day ultimatum to clear the air on the allegation, which had been in the public domain for about a month without a word from the minister herself.

In the suit filed through its lawyer, Ms Bamisope Adeyanju, SERAP contended that “suspicions of obtaining unauthorised certificate involving a senior member of the government, if not urgently and satisfactorily addressed, would weaken public trust in the government’s oft-expressed commitment to transparency and accountability.”

The Leadership In Nigeria Today Has Lost Focus - IBB

Former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) on Tuesday said the current leadership in the country lacks the vision, courage and focus to make Nigeria better.

He made the remark when Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa State and presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), paid him a courtesy visit as part of his ongoing consultations ahead of the 2019 general election.

Babangida said that with Lamido in the saddle, Nigeria will be great again, adding that the former foreign affairs minister has his blessings as far as the 2019 presidential contest is concerned.

The meeting, it was learnt, was part of Lamido’s consultative meeting with former leaders, critical stakeholders, PDP NWC members, party officials and elder statesmen concerning his 2019 presidential ambition. The meeting with IBB was said to have been held at the Minna Hilltop residence of the former leader.

In a statement issued by Lamido’s new media aide, Mansur Ahmed, he noted that “the meeting, with the former military president centered on the presidential ambition of Sule Lamido.

The meeting, which lasted for over an hour, was to pay homage to a man Lamido described as ‘my leader', to brief him about our nationwide consultation, and to seek for his prayer, blessing, and advice and to learn from his vast experiences as a former president of Nigeria.

The two leaders also discussed the imperative of working together to ensure that Nigeria remains a safe, stable and united country that deserved to be saved from the "amateurs" currently holding sway in the country.

2019: I’m Qualified, Not Desperate To Be President - Atiku

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday dismissed criticisms that he was desperate to emerge as Nigeria’s next President in the 2019 presidential election.

Atiku said despite claims by his critics that he was bent on becoming the nation’s leader, he was qualified to contest the presidential election and had the right ideas to address the challenges affecting the country.

The PDP presidential aspirant spoke during his visit to delegates of the Edo State chapter of the PDP to solicit their support ahead of the party’s primary in September.

Atiku said, “What do you expect my critics to say? And there is nothing wrong with entering the race. I can run as many times as possible.

“I am fit and qualified. I still have ideas that I believe that are going to put this country on the right path. So, what is wrong with running?

I am not desperate and if I were desperate, I would have taken the Presidency in 2003. If I were desperate, I would not have stepped down for (late Moshood) Abiola. I am not desperate.”

The former vice-president lamented that Nigeria had suffered retrogression in the last three years.

While accusing the ruling APC of being responsible for the loss of nine million jobs since 2015, he noted that the recipes for peace in the country were equity and job creation.

He said, “Since the APC came into power, it said it was going to create three million jobs. It has lost three million jobs every year and today, we have 11 million young Nigerians not working.

“It is only the PDP that can create these jobs because we have done so before. We have created jobs before; we have brought prosperity before in this country. We have unified this country before and we have ensured that there was equity in this country before.”

Governor gives N5million to Israel Galadima for scoring the highest mark in the 2018 United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has given a cash prize of N5million to Israel Galadima for scoring the highest mark in the 2018 United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Israel, an indigene of Biu Local Government Area in the southern part of Borno State, had a total mark of 364 in the just concluded examination, and also had nine distinctions in his O’level WAEC.

Shettima had earlier promised Israel full scholarship throughout his undergraduate study when he hosted him and his family at the Government House in Maiduguri to celebrate his exploit.

The Governor promised to give him N1million to cover his yearly tuition and other expenses while in university.

Presenting the cheque on behalf of the Governor, Borno State Commissioner for Higher Education, Usman Jaha, urged Israel’s family to ensure the money is used for the right purpose, and he encouraged them to pay Israel's tuition fee in advance of five years to avoid any future rise in fees.

Israel had gained admission into Covenant University in Electronics Engineering.

Receiving the gift, his family lauded the governor for his kind gesture.

"Governor Kashim Shettima was a University lecturer. He is well-educated, very sound and visionary," Jaha said. "He is extremely passionate about education and those of us from Borno State know how he is completely changing existing schools, modernizing them and building many new schools.”

The presentation was done at the office of the Registrar, Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State

Family Man Serving Life Sentence Begins Master’s Programme

An inmate at Awka Prisons in Anambra State, Jude Onwuzulike, has enrolled for a Master’s degree programme in Information Technology at the National Open University of Nigeria.

The 39-year-old man and father of four, who is serving a life jail term, matriculated on Monday during the seventh matriculation ceremony of the institution held at the Awka Prisons.

What motivated a prisoner on life sentence to go to school?
Speaking with Southern City News at the matriculation arena, Onwuzulike said he believed that one day, his education and knowledge would be of help to him.

He said he had earlier obtained a first degree and post-graduate diploma from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, respectively, before his ordeal.

He said, “My first degree was in Accounting in 2005, while the second was in Mathematics. When I came here, I did a post-graduate diploma in Information Technology and now, I’m doing a Master’s degree in the same discipline.”

Onwuzulike said he enrolled for Information Technology due to the unsatisfactory manner the case that led to his imprisonment was investigated.

I noticed some lapses in the way the case that brought me here was investigated, which someone needs to correct. So, this course I’m studying will assist me to carry out forensic investigations in similar circumstances,” he added.

Describing the prison as not ideal for learning, Onwuzulike said it would only take someone who remained focused in life to maximise the opportunity.

He added, “Here, you see all kinds of people; the uneducated, those who lack parental upbringing and those who were brought up in the motor park. They will be distracting you, including asking you to switch off the lights for them to sleep and stuffs like that.”

Speaking, the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof Abdalla Adamu, who was represented by Dr Scholastica Ezeribe, expressed delight in Onwuzulike’s zeal.

Adamu said though the university’s matriculation took place on June 23, the management had to fix a special day for the inmate in view of the peculiarity of his case.

Adamu urged other inmates to take advantage of the free education provided by NOUN to better their lots.

He said, “The VC is so passionate about the programme that he graciously offered it to inmates free of charge in order to encourage them and to give them hope.”

On his part, the prison superintendent, Ezenam Andrew, said the programme was one of the reformative packages to make the inmates useful and productive so as not to be threats to the society after their time in prison.

After Begging For Obasanjo's Support In 2015, Tinubu Says "OBJ Can't Tell Us Who To Vote"

Nigerian politicians only respect you and show loyalty when they desperately need you and your connections to defeat their strong opponent. Once you help them get to power, they disregard you.

The national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday slammed President Olusegun Obasanjo, PhD, over the letter of criticism he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari months back, saying the ex-President had no right to dictate who the people should vote for in the 2019 presidential election.

The former Lagos State governor, who said Obasanjo did his terms in office without being disturbed, urged him to face his business in his Ota farm.

Tinubu said if Obasanjo had laid a good foundation for the country when he was President, like he (Tinubu) did in Lagos State, Nigeria would not be in the mess that it was in.

Tinubu spoke at the Lagos APC secretariat in Ogba on Tuesday during the party’s stakeholders’ meeting.

Tinubu, who switched between Yoruba and English languages, said having brought Buhari in, the party would also ensure his re-election next year, notwithstanding Obasanjo’s opposition.

“Look at us in Lagos, we can get angry with one another, it is only God that has perfection. When you elected me as governor, I laid the foundation. If we didn’t lay the foundation for Lagos, there’s no amount of wisdom that Fashola may have that will make the state as progressive as it has been.

“If we didn’t lay the foundation, there’s no amount of wisdom that Ambode may possess that will make things as smooth as they are…so, Obasanjo that is talking, if he had laid a strong foundation in Abuja, the country would not have scattered; things would not have been going the way they are going. And you (Obasanjo) want to sit in Ota; face your chicken and egg business.

“You cannot govern from Ota; you cannot tell us who to vote for; you have used up your time. Let us tell Obasanjo so. Our Buhari is our own; we were the ones who brought him and we will secure the second term for him,” Tinubu said in Yoruba language.
In 2014, Obasanjo said he won't support Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, the APC turned him to their godfather, always visiting him and describing him as a respected leader, both in Nigeria and abroad

Student Who Scored 364 In JAMB Receives N5m Cash (Photo)

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has given a cash prize of N5million to Israel Galadima for scoring the highest mark in the 2018 United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Israel, an indigene of Biu Local Government Area in the southern part of Borno State, had a total mark of 364 in the just concluded examination, and also had nine distinctions in his O’level WAEC.

Shettima had earlier promised Israel full scholarship throughout his undergraduate study when he hosted him and his family at the Government House in Maiduguri to celebrate his exploit.

The Governor promised to give him N1million to cover his yearly tuition and other expenses while in university.

Presenting the cheque on behalf of the Governor, Borno State Commissioner for Higher Education, Usman Jaha, urged Israel’s family to ensure the money is used for the right purpose, and he encouraged them to pay Israel's tuition fee in advance of five years to avoid any future rise in fees.

Israel had gained admission into Covenant University in Electronics Engineering.

Receiving the gift, his family lauded the governor for his kind gesture.

"Governor Kashim Shettima was a University lecturer. He is well-educated, very sound and visionary," Jaha said. "He is extremely passionate about education and those of us from Borno State know how he is completely changing existing schools, modernizing them and building many new schools.”

The presentation was done at the office of the Registrar, Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State

Monday, 13 August 2018

Will Saraki Reconvene Senate As Plot Against Him Hots Up?

Senators and House of Representatives members were yet to confirm last night whether or not the two chambers will reconvene tomorrow to consider the 2019 elections budget.

The Chairman of the National Assembly, senate president Bukola Saraki has not announced that the lawmakers should reconvene.

Also, there are indications that if the two chambers reconvene, the Senate may end up merely concurring with the report of the House Committee on the 2019 poll budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The House Committee, chaired by Hon. Aisha Dukku, is said to have concluded the consideration of the budget before the abrupt recess of the National Assembly on July 24.

Many senators and House members, who were hitherto set for summer and Hajj rites, remain in Abuja because there is no word from the National Assembly’s leadership.

A member of the House from the Northwest said: “This budget is important but there is anxiety everywhere on the security implications of recalling members.

“From the look of things, our leaders are looking at all options on how to make the ratification of the budget easier.”

A principal officer of the House, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have not been told when the National Assembly will reconvene to consider the poll budget. I know the Speaker assured INEC Chairman Mahmud Yakubu last week that we will give the budget a speedy consideration. We are awaiting a recall announcement.

So far, Tuesday does not look practicable. The basic challenge is the crisis of confidence among members of the two chambers.

“I think the National Assembly leadership is trying to manage the tempers arising from the defections and the seige to the Assembly complex last week. We are also talking to ourselves to allow reason to prevail.”

Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan said: “I am still waiting to be informed by the President of the Senate on whether we will sit on Tuesday or not.

“Well, I will expect the Senate President to talk to me or call. I have not received any communication yet.

“And normally, an announcement is supposed to be made. We have not heard of any as I speak with you.”

Five Hacks For Looking Fashionable On A Budget

You do not need to break the bank all in the name of looking good. This is because you can still spend less and still appear fashionable. The important thing here is how you wear what you have. Correspondingly, Jumia shares ways you can look good or fashionable on a budget.

Get easy to pair clothes
The first tip to building your wardrobe is to make sure you have enough basics to serve a variety of different outfits. This means looking for clothes that are neutral, free of complicated patterns and easy to pair with other clothes. These include plain t-shirts with simple necklines in multiple colours, a pair of form-fitting blue jeans in your favourite cut, simple ballet flat shoes, a decent jacket or blazer in a dark colour and a pair of black pants.
Sell or swap with friends
Rather than giving away unwanted clothes or throwing them away, see if your friends are interested – then ask if there’s anything in their wardrobe they don’t want anymore. Swapping clothes with your friends can give new life to unloved pieces and help everyone pick out new pieces to freshen up their wardrobe.
Look for sales and clearance items
The best way to keep budgets low is to get your clothes from online clearance sales. Many fantastic pieces end up in these stores due to inability to move product, or sometimes because a store simply needs to make space for new goods, meaning you’ll find great pieces at low prices in these stores.
Browse thrift stores
Along with looking for sales and clearances, your clothes can also come from thrift stores. These places hold a unique mix of clothes donated by those who lost interest in them for a variety of reasons. Perfectly good clothing will end up here for outrageously low prices.
Get creative with combinations
The best way to keep your outfits fresh is to swap out small pieces or parts. This is why you want staples, and why you should build up a generous collection of accessories such as cardigans, scarves, belts and jewellery that can add flair and a sense of change to your outfits.

After 3 Miscarriages, 2 IVF, 5 Years Of Waiting... Couple Welcome Cute Baby Boy

The proud father took to social media to share the good news. Congrats to them!


Sunday, 12 August 2018

Cool Tips For Setting Up The Perfect Buffet Table

If you're throwing a big party or an event, like a wedding reception or birthday gig, chances are good that you'll be setting up a buffet. Buffet may be so convenient and yet prone to common shortcomings. These simple tips shared by Jumia Food discuss points to help you avoid pitfalls and take your buffet from good to great.

Provide plenty of serving utensils
To prevent guests from using their hands when making their own plates of fruits, veggies or bread, be sure to stock the buffet with a spoon for each menu item.
Put drinks on a separate table from the food
Getting a drink, especially if there is coffee, with its attendant pourers and packets of sugar, is a different flow. It's a separate station, and you need to make it easy for people to swing by and refill their glass, without pressing through the buffet line. You also want it near the kitchen, as jugs of water and pots of coffee are heavier than food trays, and more prone to spillage.
Plates at the front, cutlery at the end.
A rule of thumb is not to make people pick up their forks, knives, spoons, sporks, or cups at the beginning of the line. All that should be at the beginning of a food line are plates, and maybe napkins. All cutlery and anything else that has to be juggled goes at the end (or, even better, on the tables where people will sit down and eat).
Arrange the food table strategically
Put most plentiful or cheapest types of food at the beginning; push the scarcest or most expensive to the end. 
Don't leave the buffet unattended

Even though it is a buffet, endeavour someone is on ground to monitor it. This will ensure that the buffet is properly monitored and coordinated. It will also prevent the buffet from being a mess. 

2019 Presidency: The Man Who Will Emerge PDP Candidate

Ahead of the primaries for the 2019 general election, the parties are neck deep in permutations on who to elect as their presidential candidates. While it is taken for granted that President Muhammadu Buhari might enjoy the Right of First Refusal in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the hot enclave is the main opposition group, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where 12 aspirants are jostling for a presidential ticket. 
Who among the top men will stand for PDP?
The Nation assess the chances of the PDP aspirants.

After the hullabaloo over defections, the die is cast in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has to pick its presidential candidate in a matter of weeks. By the timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 poll, all parties have to elect their presidential, governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly candidates between August 18 and October 7, 2018. The primaries for the FCT Area Council Elections will commence on September 4 and end on October 27, 2018.

The presidential primary election of the PDP will be highly instructive for the following reasons:

It will indicate if PDP really has learnt its lesson or could walk the talk after 16 years of abysmal failure in power; it will produce a main challenger to President Buhari. It is likely to determine whether or not the party can make any impact in 2019 poll.
  • Nigerian voters will be able to tell if they have an alternative to Buhari. 
  • The PDP primaries will be a beacon for measuring how keen and colourful the next presidential poll will be.

With its persistent vicious attacks on the administration of Buhari and recourse to merger or alliance talks with about 45 mushroom parties, the pressure is more on PDP than its arch-rival, the APC. For a party noted for money-politics than issues, the conduct of the primaries will make or mar its electoral fortunes.

So far, about 12 aspirants have emerged in the party for the presidential primaries. It is a motley crowd. The aspirants are ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso; ex-Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Kabiru Turaki; Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo; ex-Governor Ibrahim Shekarau; ex-Governor Sule Lamido; a former Interim National Chairman of PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi; Governor Ayodele Fayose; ex-Governor Attahiru Bafarawa; Datti Baba Ahmed; and the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki whose body language has shown a serious desire for the office . Analysts believe that Saraki is pretentiously busy testing the waters. The visit of 45 political parties to him on Thursday in Abuja was much more than the solidarity visit.

About seven tendencies have been in the PDP in the last 20 years of its existence. There is the military cabal which formed/ joined the party. This cabal is represented by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, ex-Military President Ibrahim Babangida, ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Theophillus Danjuma and ex-NSA Gen. Aliyu Gusau. There are also the surviving elements of G-34 used as a springboard to form the party but shoved aside later; the new generation of power brokers in the party revolving around the shadows of Governor Nyesom Wike who is now in control of the party’s structure; the present crop of PDP governors who control delegates to the primaries; the old brigade of governors under the leadership of Makarfi and ably supported by Lamido, ex-Governor Liyel Imoke and ex-Governor Gabriel Suswam among others; the anonymous captains of industry, bank executives, oil sector cabal who share the ideals of the PDP secretly and benefited tremendously through humongous patronage during its 16 years inglorious rule; and now the defectors under the leadership of Saraki who has been branded as the national leader of PDP at a recent emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party to the consternation of many dyed- in – the – wool faithful.

The incessant shuttles to ex-President Obasanjo in Abeokuta (whose ghost is still haunting PDP), the Hill Top mansion of Babangida in Minna, the T.Y. Danjuma haven in Lagos and the modest Asokoro residence of Gusau pointed to how much reverence the party leaders and members still accord the military cabal which joined the party and produced Obasanjo as the nation’s President in 1999. Virtually all presidential aspirants have turned the homes of these military heavyweights to consulting clinics. Also, barely a few hours after addressing a world press conference on Wednesday on the siege to the National Assembly, Saraki jetted out to Minna to meet with Babangida, which was a confirmation of the influence still being wielded by the ex-military leaders. These past leaders have been fingered in the looming coalition of forces against APC.

With the way the PDP governors installed the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, it is glaring that they will play a major role in the choice of the party’s presidential candidate. Apart from keeping faith with the mutual power agreement which brought Secondus to power, the governors control the party structure at state level and they also determine the voting pattern of delegates from their states. A member of the National Working Committee said: “The governors have been dictating the pace in the PDP since 2003. They are natural kingmakers and I don’t think 2019 will be different because most of the statutory delegates are either their appointees or loyalists.”

Notwithstanding these tendencies in the PDP, all the 12 aspirants have been traversing every corner of the country in order to seek the support of governors and delegates. But the big question is how will these tendencies throw up in the choice of the party’s flag bearer? The big men are strategizing for the battle ahead.

Love Nwantinti!! Nigerian Man Weds Pretty Oyinbo Lady With Keke NAPEP (Photos)

A Nigerian man, Maigalisa Yohanna, and his bride, Danielle Villasana, on Saturday, August 4, 2018, surprised their guests after storming their wedding reception in a tricycle in Yola, Adamawa.

The duo met at the American University of Nigeria, where Danielle teaches Photography and Maigalisa is an IT expert. HML! See more photos...


We Challenge Presidency To Speak Out On Alleged N21b Found In Daura's Possession - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to end their silence and speak out on the alleged N21billion, guns and thousands of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) allegedly found in the residence of the sacked Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura.

Read the party's statement in full below;

"The world can now see that the PDP has not been raising a false alarm when it alerts that the Buhari Presidency has been using its much hyped fight against corruption and sustained harassment of opposition as a cover to divert public attention from the humongous stealing going on under President Buhari’s official cover.

Nigerians have now seen that while the Buhari Presidency and the APC have been hounding and harassing opposition members with trumped-up corruption charges to create an impression of integrity and fight against corruption, their agents have been busy frittering away, and warehousing trillions of naira, ostensibly for their 2019 re-election and service their wasteful lifestyles, while millions of compatriots wallow in abject poverty across the nation.

Today, the sneaky ways of this Presidency have further been exposed and it must not in any way seek to disown the sacked DSS DG as Nigerians already know that he was merely one out of the numerous agents being used by the APC and Presidency cabal in their nefarious activities, including warehousing money, fake PVCs and weapons to be unleashed during the 2019 elections.

What the APC and the Buhari Presidency should note is the eternal reality that though the truth may be suppressed for a while, it always has a way of showing itself to light at the end. Nigerians are already aware of the leaked memo detailing alleged underhand oil contracts to the tune of N9 trillion at the NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, which are under the direct supervision of Mr. President.

They are already aware of the alleged stealing of over N25 billion, meant for the health needs of the people, from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and how the indicted and suspended Executive Secretary was recalled by Mr. President.

They are aware of the alleged diversion of crude oil worth N1.1tr, using 18 unregistered companies; the diversion of N18 billion Internally Displaced Person (IDP) funds and billions of unremitted revenue from sale of crude for which there have been deadlock at the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), all of which are being swept under the carpet by the Buhari Presidency.

The time is ripe for the Buhari Presidency and its disintegrating APC to tell the nation how these corruption acts were allegedly perpetrated under an administration that lay claim to integrity."

Wonderful!!! Meet "Smallest" NYSC Member Who's Popular In Abuja (Photos)

Pictured is Zahradeen Saiful-Islam Deeneeya, popularly known as Dini, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, who was specially recognised at the Abuja NYSC camp.

The physically challenged man who graduated with HND in Science Lab. Technology from Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria, got a first-class treatment in the Abuja orientation camp as the wife of the vice president, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo and the Director General of NYSC, paid him a visit. See more...

The young man is said to be gaining more attraction and attention from the public because he never allows his condition to weigh him down. 

Lady Falls From Balcony Of 2-Storey Building While Chatting With Friend (Photos)

The lady pictured above has been hospitalised after suffering an unfortunate mishap in Nnewi area of Anambra state. According to Christabeler Akunna, she went to visit her friend when the accident happened which saw her injure badly after falling from a building.

It was revealed that the lady was chatting with her friend on the balcony of a two-storey building when she decided to rest on the rail not knowing it was not strong...
Immediately she leaned on it, she fell from the building and broke her body parts including femur, patellar Jaw, teeth and ankles.

She was rushed to Nnewi Teaching Hospital where she received some treatment after she recovered consciousness.

The lady who lost some tooth, ate liquid food for about four months and also went for local bone setting for five months, all to no avail.

Some Facebook users have reached out to the wounded lady in order to come to her aid.

All My 35 Students Got A1 In Maths After Studying & Praying For 7 Days - Ex-Minister of Justice

A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola (SAN), is celebrating the students of one of the educational establishments founded by him for their excellent performance at the latest edition of the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
This is an interesting case of a big man who trust in the Lord.

According to Vanguard, Ajibola, a retired Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, Kingdom of Netherlands, is thanking God for strengthening him to make the IMA International Model College happen. According to him, all the 35 students from the school who sat for the examination scored A1 in mathematics.

The new development which, he said, is not new to the school, however, came with added excellence this year. The students’ achievement appears to be a further proof of God’s acceptance of the strides of the global figure who served as Minister for over six years without taking salary.

It will be recalled that the Crescent University Abeokuta (CUAB), which is the peak of the educational establishments founded by the Olori Omo Oba of Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta, is, today, one of the leading private universities in Nigeria. CUAB is also known as the ‘Citadel of moral and academic excellence’.

At a ceremony held in the premises of Islamic Mission for Africa (IMA), Abeokuta, the 84-year-old legal luminary gave details of how the latest academic success of ‘his children’ at the IMA International Model College gladdened his heart.

Ajibola said: “What I saw and heard on Thursday, July 26, 2018 concerning our outgoing students at IMA International Model College not only amazed me but also gave me the impression that these students are among the best all over Nigeria if not in Africa. They performed wonders in their dedication and diligence in many ways. 
“Before the final examination (SSCE), they unanimously took a decision to fast for seven days which they completed with prayers. God Almighty answered their prayers because all the 35 students passed their SSCE. Besides, none of these students failed in mathematics”.

The founder went on, “In fact, they all got A1. The most incredible of this is that one them who sat for further mathematics also scored A1. They all did well in physics, biology and chemistry scoring credit..."

2019 Presidency: Kwankwaso Meets Obasanjo (Photos)

Looks like Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of the PDP is one of those Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, PhD, will comfortably support for the epic 2019 presidential contest. Kwankwaso visited Baba on Sunday for consultation. More photos...


Saturday, 11 August 2018

Saraki Replies Oshiomhole: "You Need To Be Better Educated"

Senate President Bukola Saraki last night said that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other people demanding his resignation are merely dreaming and engaging in wishful thinking.

Saraki said Oshiomhole and others talking like him are ignorant...
“They will continue to dream about their planned removal of the Senate President. They will need 73 Senators to lawfully remove Dr. Saraki and they will never get that in the present eight Senate,” Saraki said in a swift response to Oshiomhole’s threat yesterday that the APC would get him impeached if he refused to resign.

Saraki in a statement signed by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu said: “the argument of APC that the Senate President must come from a majority party; that the Senate Presidency is their crown and National Assembly is their palace is only supported by ignorance and dangerous delusion. First, the issue of which party is in the majority will only be resolved when the Senate resumes. Two, Section 50 (1) (a) of the constitution is clear that any Senator can be elected as Senate President. If the only thing left of the APC change agenda is to change the Senate President we can only wish them goodluck.

“Perhaps, Mr. Oshiomhole needs to be better educated about our parliamentary history when he Stated that ‘For the first time in parliamentary history in Nigeria, we had a situation where the APC had majority of Senators and went on to elect a PDP as Deputy Senate President’. Where was Mr. Oshiomhole when Senator John Wash Pam of the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP) became Deputy Senate President in the Second Republic even when the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) had the majority? The same thing happened in the House of Representives when NPP’s Rt. Hon. Edwin Umeh Ezeoke was elected Speaker in an NPN majority House. But then, it would require a level of education to understand these things.

What hypocrisy! To think that this same APC were jubilating when Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal retained his position after he defected from the PDP and still retained his seat, even when his new party was in the minority. These are people whose standards of morality are infinitely elastic.

“We are sure the remaining APC Senators need to do a lot of work to bring Oshiomhole up to speed about parliamentary practice. His ignorance are too clear in his comments about how the Senate was adjourned on July 24, 2018, the distribution of committee chairmanship in the Senate and the difference between the post of Senate President and Minority Leader.

“He has made so much song and dance about Mr. Godswill Akpabio resigning as Senate Minority Leader when he left the PDP to join APC. For this, Akpabio has become his hero and a symbol of honour. He obviously does not understand that the post of Minority Leader is a strictly party affair. And the PDP simply decided who to give it as it is not even a position that was mentioned in the constitution. Whereas, the Senate President position is a constitutional creation, which required majority votes of all the members. Again, we don’t expect people whose only experience in politics is at the provincial levels to understand this. No wonder they are talking of crowns and inheritance.

“The fair distribution of the Committee chairmanship is one of the stabilizing factors in the 8th Senate and has helped it in achieving more than all its predecessors.

“We need to inform this divisive element who now leads APC that if he wants to know why the 2018 budget was delayed, he should ask the heads of the MDAs. We reckon that should be easy for him since he is now their ‘headmaster’, moving around with canes to whip ministers into line.”

Saraki said “a million of Adams Oshiomhole cannot remove Saraki as Senate President. His illegal plots, can only feed his insatiable ego and keep him awake at nights. But it will remain an exercise in futility.”

Tips For Going-off An Unusual Path When Traveling

Have you ever considered going off an unusual path when you travel? Going off the unusual path can mean different things to different people. For some people, it’s simply escaping the crowds and exploring spots that are somewhat less touristic. 
This doesn’t mean that you skip the tried-and-true tourist stops, it just means that you want to find attractions that may not be in most travel guides. Jumiaa Travel shares few tips for going off the usual path when travelling.

Do your research
Whether you’re planning a camping trip or a touring a new destination, it’s important to learn as much as you can about your destination before you get there. No matter where you want to go, find articles that tell you what the most popular tourist attractions are, as well as those that are less well-known. 
Get advice from the Locals
Don’t be scared to talk to the locals.  This is a great way to hear or learn about the location’s best-kept secrets, top places to eat and tips on navigating the area. 
Take public transportation
The best way to visit an unfamiliar destination is to either take public transportation or rent a car. Using public transportation when visiting a new place is a great way to see lesser-known attractions and experience the local lifestyle.
Learn the Language
Learning a bit of the native language will help you navigate local transportation and negotiate good deals for places to stay and eat if you are visiting a city like Kano in Northern, Nigeria where English is not like the second-language. It’s also important to know some useful phrases just in case there is an emergency and you need help. 
Stay safe

No matter where you are travelling, remote areas can pose risks. Using a little common sense can go a long way to ensuring your personal safety, especially if you’re thinking about going to an unusual destination. The basic rule of thumb when going anywhere is to be aware of your surroundings and be smart about where you're going.

Man Discovers Bundles Of Old Naira Notes His Late Grandfather Left At Home (Photo)

A Nigerian identified as Adeeko Kehinde has taken to social media to share a photo of wads of Naira notes that his grandfather reportedly forgot in his house.

His grandfather died 10 years ago. He captioned the photo: "I just found the money my grandpa left for us."

Behold The Hubless Motorbike With Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engine

This ultra-sleek TMC Dumont motorbike is powered by a 300-horsepower Rolls-Royce Continental V6 aircraft engine from the 1960s.

It has 36-inch hubless and spokeless wheel, the largest wheels ever made for a motorcycle.

The creator, a Brazilian, said: "My greatest motivation was to show the Americans our capacity for creation and innovation with a 100% national project. And I think these trophies of the photos respond well to this doubt and prove that not only did we succeed, but that the dream was worth it."

Child Of God, Break Up Your Fallow Ground

Fallow ground is hard, dry and full of ruts. It wasn't always this way as it once produced fruit but through neglect, it has become fallow. If it stays in this state the only thing it will produce is weeds, which are generally good for nothing. 

Same way, our hearts can become fallow ground if we're not careful. Bad habits may come in when we're resting, when we're not vigilant, or when we're coasting. 
You need to dig deep and do the strenuous work to "break it up", so as to have room to grow and bear good fruit. The Lord will help us all.

Breaking of fallow ground requires persistence and diligence  also.

God  bless you.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Minister Of Health Visits Man Who Got Leg Injury After Trekking For Buhari (Photos)

The minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has visited Abubakar Duduwale who developed leg injury after he trekked from Yola, Adamawa state all the way to Abuja to honour President Muhammadu Buhari during his inauguration in 2015. He's at a hospital in Yola.
Looks like the guy is now receiving good care.

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