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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Fayose Shocks EFCC With 'Stomach Infrastructure'; Buys Food For 150 People In Their Office

You can take a man out of the street, but you can't take the street out of him. Abi how dem dey talk am?
Ex-governor Ayodele Fayose, in his usual characteristics, took his stomach infrastructure to the EFCC Lagos office on Monday when he provided food for over 150 people (detainees and visitors).

According to his media aide, Lere Olayinka, the highly elated detainees jointly sang the National Anthem after their stomachs were adequately serviced.

Fayose also secured lawyers for some of the detainees that are in genuine need of legal representation and promised to assist those having challenges in meeting their bail conditions.

The former governor is indeed a special character.

DSS Breaks Silence On Nnamdi Kanu's Escape

After resurfacing in Israel, there has been controversy on social media.

The Department of State Services (DSS), has denied that five of its personnel aided Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to escape from his Umuahia home on Sept. 14, 2017.
But how did he escape from Nigeria without a passport?

NAN reports that Kanu’s whereabouts was unknown, until he surfaced in Israel recently, after the alleged Sept. 14 raid by a combined team of the Army, Police and the DSS at his home in Umuahia, Abia.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Peter Afunanya, said that the purported report was fake, mischievous and defamatory.

“The Service wishes to state that the news is fake, mischievous and defamatory. It is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the originators,” the statement quoted Afunanya as saying.

He said that the stock in trade of Kanu and his collaborators, was to peddle rumours, gossips and propaganda aimed at subverting the government, its key agencies and officials,

He said that the service was aware of some unscrupulous elements keen on exploiting the situation to constitute a nuisance to the freedom of Nigerians as guaranteed in the Constitution.

Afunanya said that the elements were also keen on disrupting the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

“The DSS will not idly standby and watch these undesirable elements achieve their aims,” he said.

Peter Obi Speaks On Igbo Leaders Position On His Nomination

The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Peter Obi on Monday stated that Igbo leaders as well as governor’s of the zone never disagreed on his nomination as VP candidate but disagreed with the process.

Peter Obi who visited Governor David Umahi in the Government House Abakalikii said he was in the state to intimate them about his nomination as the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP in the forth coming general election and to solicit their support.

Obi said he also came to solicit the support of the Governor of Ebonyi State towards the coming election and commended the governor for his developmental strides since he assumed office.

“Umahi is our leader, he is a man of impeccable character, he was at the centre of the storm but I want to tell the people that Umahi and Igbo leaders were misrepresented badly. Igbo leaders never disagreed with my nomination as VP candidate but disagreed with the process but I am here to solicit for your support “, he said.

He lamented the mismanagement of the country by the APC.

“PDP as a party is desirous of returning to power at the center not just because we want to return to power but because we have seen that in our country Nigeria every indices of development today is heading south and we cannot continue that way in terms of borrowing and all other indices everything is heading south. So PDP wants to come back and continue rebuilding the nation”, Obi added.

Reacting, Governor Umahi commended the former governor for his humility and described him as an asset to the country and the PDP.

He said the state is completely with Peter Obi and Atiku ticket.

He noted that the zone will still meet with the Presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar to discuss his plans for the region.

‘I have every reason to be happy very with you. There is no way even if I was nominated I will be the Vice Presidential candidate. I still have more than four years as a Governor. Secondly, we have always supported ourselves. During my campaign, you came and even gave us vehicles”

“A lot of people have understood that there is nobody that is against our son, nobody has anything against you and that’s why everywhere you go the south east Governors will roll out their drums. But no Governor in the south east will say the process, I approve of it and he(Obi) didn’t approve of it. He told me, ‘look if I were in your position, I will be angrier’ and that is an honest man who understands what his people are saying." 
"And so sir, you have done very well because what you did is to save the party. I feel that all these noise they are making is marketing the party, you have saved the party and I want you to keep on explaining to those who didn’t understand so that they can understand”.

“With this, the Presidential candidate has said look I am coming to the south east to discuss with you. We south east people have never gone into presidential election with negotiation, nobody has thought of that. This is the only opportunity we are going to have to ask the
presidential candidate what is it that you are going give us.

“Probably, if we didn’t raise eyebrow about that, we would have probably gone into the victory and we now begin to say we are now marginalized. I will never repent on that that which is going to come to south east, when we see what is going to come to south east we will sit down and ask what Ebonyi will get. We have close to 1.5million votes but we are working to deliver 1.3 votes, that’s the fact and with that we will be saying what is coming to south east and what is it that will come to us, this is very important. 
“I am a straight forward person. If we are giving support to PDP, we are giving support to PDP and there is no doubt about that. We are PDP, no more no less. Sir, we will give you the support but we must see our presidential candidate to discuss with us what he has for south east and Ebonyi."

Why Court Order Nigeria Police To Pay Charly Boy N50mllion

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, Abuja to pay musician, Charles Oputa (Charly Boy) N50million for violating his rights.

Justice John Tsoho, in a judgment on Monday, also ordered the Police to tender public apology to him, which should be published in two national newspapers.

The judgement was on a fundamental rights enforcement suit by Oputa, filed on March 29 this year.

The applicant had, in an affidavit, said policemen, numbering over 100 from the Federal Capital Territory (FC() Police Command, invaded the Unity Fountain in Abuja on August 8, 2017 and attacked him and his group with teargas canisters, hot water cannon and wild police dogs during the Resume or Resign protest when he led other activists to protest the prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari from Nigeria on account of his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

He claimed that the attack by the policemen was so severe that he collapsed in the process and was rushed to the hospital.

Oputa claimed that the police attacked them because of claims that their protest over the President’s absence, which had exceeded 90 days on the second day of their daily sit-out protest, had gone international and brought serious embarrassment to the country.

Justice Tsoho, in the judgement rejected the respondents’ claim that miscreants invaded or stormed the premises of the protest. The judge said there was no evidence to support such claim.

The judge said the applicant was entitled, under the Constitution, to stage a peaceful protest.

Justice Tsoho noted that protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right, provided it is done peacefully

Fayose Shocks EFCC With 'Stomach Infrastructure'; Buys Food For 150 People In Their Office

You can take a man out of the street, but you can't take the street out of him. Abi how dem dey talk am?
Ex-governor Ayodele Fayose, in his usual characteristics, took his stomach infrastructure to the EFCC Lagos office on Monday when he provided food for over 150 people (detainees and visitors).

According to his media aide, Lere Olayinka, the highly elated detainees jointly sang the National Anthem after their stomachs were adequately serviced.

Fayose also secured lawyers for some of the detainees that are in genuine need of legal representation and promised to assist those having challenges in meeting their bail conditions.

The former governor is indeed a special character.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

See Bishop Oyedepo's Mandate Estate (Photos)

According to online reports, the Estate consist of 50 rooms according to Churchgist and serves as the official residence of many Winners Chapel top leaders. At the center of the Estate is Oyedepo's home surrounded by that of his pastors.

The Bishop left the Bishop's Court few years ago to 
oversee the Canaancity Project and Covenant University which necessitated that he changed location within Canaanland.

The Estate as like all of Canaanland is powered by the 15MW gas turbine which ensures that the entire community is without the noise of generator sounds.

The Estate which is very close to Canaancity is a preamble of what's to come in the Church' own estate where thousands of houses are being built for members.
Currently, the Bishop's court is said to be in use by Bishop Abioye, the First Vice President of The Living Faith Church - on his occasional visits to canaanland.

Did You Know? Eating Too Much Fruits Causes Diabetes

A Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, has cautioned Nigerians against too much consumption of fruits, saying it causes diabetes and other health conditions.

His words; “People are taking smoothies and mix a lot of water melon, pineapples, oranges and then, mix all like that in large quantities.
“They are not good for the pancreas, because they are too much. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended daily amount of fruit is like 200 grammes, which is just very small amount.

“Too much of it exhausts the function of the pancreas and that is what leads to diabetes, because the organ that produces the insulin cannot regenerate,“

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Ooni Of Ife Celebrates His 44th Birthday In Style (Photos)

The respected Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi on Tuesday, October 17, turned 44 and the whole palace celebrated him in style. His sisters were also present at the celebration.

In some pictures, the Ooni of Ife appeared thrilled as his chiefs and others in the palace showered him with love. HBD to the Ooni!

"We Won't Accept It" - Labour reacts to "No Work, No Pay"

Following the federal government’s announcement that it has proposed N24,000 as the minimum wage for civil servants after consultations, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said it will hold an emergency meeting to take a decision.

The general secretary of NLC, Peter Ozo-Esan, in an interview with Premium Times last night said the committee adopted (through a motion) to recommend N30,000 naira as the minimum wage and that motion was moved and seconded by members from the labour union and the employers’ representatives.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, on October 10 after Federal Executive Council meeting debunked media reports quoting the president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba that the tri-partite committee discussing the demand for new minimum wage has agreed to increase it from the current N19,200 to N30,000.

“Such information is not true,” Mr Ngige said

But Mr Ozo-Esan said the tripartite committee adopted a figure and “that is the only relevant thing in the issue”.

“If Ngige is manufacturing something that was not agreed at the table, that is his problem. We have called our organs for an emergency meeting that will hold next week and the next step will be taken from there. We have no business with Ngige’s falsehood and his falsified process of the committee work,” he said.

Earlier, the national president of United Labour Congress (ULC), Joe Ajaero, on October 16 said the labour unions would not sign any agreement with the federal government on new National Minimum Wage if it is less than N30,000.
“N24,000 can never be the new Minimum Wage for workers. If the government pays it, then it is an award,” Mr Ajaero said.

Mr Ajaero said the tripartite committee agreed that N30,000 would be paid at the end of its negotiations

He said it was sad that N30,000 was adopted by the tripartite committee “but the representatives of government announced N24,000”.

The labour leader said the unions would stand against it and would not sign any document, which does not reflect the true deliberation by the tripartite committee.

Labour also said the No work, No pay policy being talked about by the Presidency can't work and should be jettisoned to avoid more troubles.

Ohanaeze Endorses Peter Obi As Atiku's VP

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, has described some Igbo Presidential candidates in the 2019 general elections as midgets.

The Igbo socio-cultural organisation at a press conference in Awka, Anambra State, likened such candidates with “somebody trying to go to Lagos from Awka by bicycle.”

Speaking at the conference, the State President of the group, Damian Okeke-Ogene, stated that the chapter had decided to support Peter Obi, who was nominated as the running mate to the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

Okeke-Ogene said, “You know in this presidential race that some contestants are like somebody trying to go to Lagos from here by bicycle, while others are like somebody trying to do the same journey by aircraft.

“So, we have chosen the person we shall support in that election based on his acceptability, capacity and chances to achieve result.”

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Pre-wedding Photos Of A Nigerian Couple Who Love Football

A Nigerian couple who are fans of Manchester City football club decided to fly the colours of their football team in their pre-wedding photos. Their pics have been attracting funny reactions on social media, in a positive way.

The lovebirds appear elated and in love, judging from their photos.

Atiku: The Opposition Candidate Gaining Momentum In Nigeria 2019 Election Race

Written by Bloomberg
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari must think history is threatening to repeat itself as he watches his main challenger in February elections, Atiku Abubakar, do what he did three years ago: build a broad alliance to win power in Africa’s biggest oil producer.

Buhari, 75, rode atop a wide coalition to become the first opposition candidate to win a general election in the continent’s most populous nation. While Buhari tapped into a yearning to end years of corruption, Abubakar, 71, is capitalizing on the angst of the elite. He’s portraying himself as the friend of investors and ethnic minorities in his bid to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress.

“What is happening is that the elite now think there’s an option,” 
said Bismarck Rewane, chief executive officer of Financial Derivatives Co., a risk advisory group based in the commercial hub of Lagos. “Before it was almost a certainty it was going to be a slam dunk for APC. With Atiku, they now have a fighting chance.”

When Abubakar last week reconciled with his ex-boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, he took along influential Muslim and Christian clerics. It was a deft move in a country almost evenly split between a predominantly Christian south and a mainly Muslim north and racked by periodic outbursts of sectarian violence that critics say Buhari has managed poorly.

Political Establishment
Added to previous endorsements by most of the country’s ex-military elite, consultations with influential pressure groups in the north, southwest and the oil-rich Niger Delta region, Abubakar appears to be having some success at cementing the backing of the political establishment.

“The implicit support of important religious leaders from across faiths is likely to give Atiku’s emerging campaign a further boost in a country where religious leaders wield mass influence,” Malte Liewerscheidt, London-based vice president of Teneo Intelligence, said in an emailed note on Monday.

The importance wasn’t lost on Buhari, who admonished religious leaders in a speech two days after the meeting about the perils of meddling in politics.

“Religious leaders should not be seen to involve themselves in partisan politics or political controversies,” he said. “Otherwise, they risk losing their status and public respect.”

There are ominous signs for Buhari. Despite strong support in the north, he failed in three attempts to be elected president until 2015, when he formed an alliance with key segments of the political elite and defectors from the then-ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

Many of those allies, including Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal, have deserted him. So have former army rulers such as Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida, who toppled Buhari’s military administration in 1983.

While Buhari promised in the last campaign to calm Nigeria’s various security challenges, including the war against Islamist militants in the northeast, the violence continues. The president’s popularity has waned in the central region he won in 2015 over widespread perception he’s not done enough to end the grazing conflict that has devastated the area. Investors also blame Buhari for worsening a recession that resulted from an oil-price drop two years before he took office and deterring investment by imposing capital controls.

Anti-Corruption War
Buhari is still touting his anti-corruption war that critics say is mainly targeting his opponents. He signed an executive order on Oct. 13 that bars about 50 people, said to be facing graft investigations, from leaving the country.

He’s also expected to continue to question whether Abubakar, considered one of the richest people on Nigeria’s political scene, acquired his wealth legitimately. A former top customs official, he later became a major shareholder in Intels Nigeria Ltd., an oil-service company.

While the momentum may now appear to be in favor of the opposition, victory is far from certain, according to analysts including Liewerscheidt and Rewane.

Abubakar’s choice of running mate, Peter Obi, a former state governor with a good track record, may help lock down votes in the southeast, where the majority Igbo people have complained about a lack of national representation since their leaders tried to secede from Nigeria in the Biafra civil war in the 1960s.

But the choice of Obi also carries the risk of tilting votes in the ethnically Yoruba-dominated southwest, a key swing region where Vice President Yemi Osinbajo comes from, firmly in favor of Buhari.

“This election is going to boil down to who wins the southwest,” Rewane said. “It’s true that Atiku’s campaign experience gives the PDP a chance. But then the APC is not going to fold its hands and lie down.”

PDP, Obasanjo-backed ADC, SDP, Others Meet On Atiku As 2019 Consensus Candidate

Leaders of the 42 political parties involved in presenting a coalition presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election met in Abuja on Tuesday.

The leaders, who met under the auspices of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), were said to have agreed that Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and the presidential candidates of other parties that emerged at individual primaries would undergo screening.

The leaders, at their meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Musa Yar’Adua Conference Centre, were also said to have agreed that all the parties would support any candidate picked for the election.

Sources at the meeting said that the leaders of the CUPP were said to have pledged their readiness and commitment to forge a common front to chase out the APC-led administration.

The meeting, which was chaired by the Chairman of the CUPP steering committee, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, also had in attendance the National Chairman of the SDP, Chief Olu Falae; National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus; R-APC Chairman, Mr Buba Galadima, and the Leader of the National Intervention Movement, Alhaji Tafawa Belewa.

Also in attendance was a former Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, and all the chairmen of the over 40 political parties involved in the coalition.

Spokesman for the CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, confirmed the meeting, adding that “the meeting agreed to rescue the country from the gradual drift to a state of economic hopelessness and reign of impunity from the APC.”

He added, “At the meeting, a decision was taken to start the process that will lead to the eventual selection of the consensus candidate for the major opposition parties in Nigeria.

“The CUPP chieftains pledged their readiness and commitment to forge a common front to chase out the incompetent APC administration.”

We won’t accept less than N30,000 minimum wage - Labour

A Labour leader, Mr. Joe Ajaero, said yesterday that the organised labour would never sign any agreement with the Federal Government on new National Minimum Wage, which is less than N30,000.

Ajaero, who is United Labour Congress (ULC) President, said in Lagos that the tripartite committee agreed that N30,000 would be paid at the end of its negotiation as the new Minimum Wage for workers.

“N24,000 can never be new Minimum Wage for workers.  If the government pays it, then it is an award,” Ajaero added. He said it was sad that N30,000 was adopted by the tripartite committee, but the representatives of government announced N24,000.

The ULC leader insisted that the organised labour would stand against it and would not sign any document, which does not reflect the true deliberation by the tripartite committee.

He added that the committee had concluded its meeting on the new wage and labour was expecting the government to invite them to sign an agreement on the decision.

“No more meetings. A date has been fixed to sign an agreement on the figure agreed. On that day, if the amount is not what the tripartite committee agreed, the organised labour will not sign,” he said.

On November 27, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for the negotiation of a new national minimum wage.

Labour collectively demanded for N65,000 per month as the new Minimum Wage for all workers as harmonised by the organised labour.

However, after many delays on reaching an agreement on the figure, the NLC, TUC and the ULC on September 26 went on a two-day nationwide warning strike, to protest government’s delay on the wage by not allowing the committee conclude its job.

Throwback Photo Of Patience Ozokwor As A Teenage Girl

The photo, set in the black and white format of the 70’s, shows a smiling and beautiful Patience Ozokwor (aka Mama G) with the sister to late kinsman, Mr Vincent Nweze. They are said to be between 18 and 19 at the time.

Years later, the young Miss Patience joined Nollywood where she carved a niche for herself as one of the most iconic actresses in the history of the Nigerian movie industry.

Atiku: 40% Of My Cabinet Will Be Women and Youths

PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar's latest assurance;
'Nigeria under Buhari is now the world HQ for extreme poverty. If we are to change that, we must empower women & youths. Therefore, I give an undertaking that if by the grace of God, I am elected by you the good people of Nigeria, at least 40% of my cabinet would be women & youths.'

72 Afe Babalola Uni Students Graduate With First Class

Seventy two students of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) will graduate with First Class honours at the 6th Convocation.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Michael Ajisafe disclosed this on Monday at a press briefing to herald activities marking the convocation.

Ajisafe explained that all the first class graduates have been offered automatic jobs as academic staff.

Graduating students who bagged Second Class Upper are 343 while 366 obtained Second Class Lower.

A total of 93 students bagged Third Class. Total number of graduating students is 917.

Two distinguished Nigerians will be honoured with honorary doctorate degrees.

They are the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and Momoh, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television.

The duo will be bestowed with honorary Doctor of Letters.

Momoh will deliver the convocation lecture on Saturday.

Ajisafe explained that the University was graduating its first set of medical doctors which he described as unprecedented.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Obasanjo Commended For Openly Endorsing Atiku

A pan-Yoruba group, Yoruba Youth Forum, has commended former President Olusegun Obasanjo for forgiving ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of his past mistakes.

The group also lauded Obasanjo for endorsing Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the PDP, for the 2019 general elections.

The YYF said by forgiving Atiku, Obasanjo had shown himself as a genuine leader, adding that it believed that the former President’s move was in the country’s interest because “the majority of Nigerians are already tired of the APC-led government which has failed to deliver despite the massive supports by Nigerians.”

It said this in a statement by its Chairman, Olusegun Bolarinwa.

The YYF said, “We want to specifically thank former President Olusegun Obasanjo for finally accepting the apology of his former deputy in the interest of Nigerians.

“Many Nigerian voted for the APC because they thought the party would be able to improve their lives but today the party has made a mess of every sector of our national life.

“The economy today is in a total mess. During the electioneering period, President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, APC, made promises which many of us believed.

“Some of us believed in those promises not because we were fools but because those promises came from Buhari, a man we once vouched for his integrity.

“But today, Mr President, none of those promises has been fulfilled. Nigeria has fared badly under President Buhari.”

The Yoruba group said that under Buhari, the nation’s economy had become “a ravaging bull running amok and has defied any solution from the government.”

“Majority of Nigerians have become hopeless in the face of the economic hardship that has plagued the nation since Buhari took over the mantle of leadership of this great nation.

“The vicious cycle of poverty now engulfs the masses to a level of suffocation,” the group added.

Woman Gives Birth While In A Coma, Wakes Up 23 Days After To See Baby In Her Arms (Photos)

A mother stunned doctors when she reportedly woke up from a 23-day coma the moment her newborn son was placed in her arms.

Amanda da Silva, 28, who suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure while 37 weeks pregnant, which she claims was triggered by a heated argument with her husband.

Since the seizure could kill both mother and her unborn baby, doctors sedated her and delivered her son Victor via an emergency C-section...
This happened last February. Complications set in immediately, forcing medics to place Mrs da Silva in a medically-induced coma to stabilise her, while 4.6lbs (2.1kg) Victor was taken to intensive care.

After spending weeks unable to move or communicate, nurse Fabíola Sá suggested placing Victor on Mrs da Silva's chest, which immediately caused her heart rate to quicken and tears to cascade down her face.

Mrs da Silva, from Fortaleza, North East Brazil, slowly started to improve until, 20 days after she first held her son, the pair were finally able to go home.

'We don't have a scientific answer to what happened but it's evident we should never underestimate the importance of skin-to-skin contact between mother and child,' Ms Sá said.

Mrs da Silva, who has no memory of giving birth, said: 'The first thing I remember was having Victor in my arms, seeing his little head and smelling his lovely scent.

'It was an amazing situation but at the same time confusing.

'I asked my dad if the baby was mine. I put my hand on my belly and realised I was no longer pregnant.'

Ms Sá, an intensive care nurse at Ceara's Assis Chateubriand Maternity Hospital, where Victor was born, said: 'Her response was immediate.

'After 23 days in a coma her reaction was inexplicable.'

'We never expected such a quick change and everyone in the medical team wept with happiness and relief.'

Mrs da Silva, who also has a four and two-year-old, was rushed to hospital with an acute seizure while around nine months pregnant.

The convulsions threatened both of their lives due to the low amount of oxygen reaching her brain and womb.

Doctors therefore performed a C-section, which led to her being placed in a coma.

Victor was born with a weak immune system and respiratory problems due to the medication his mother had been taking to stabilise her epilepsy during pregnancy.

He was therefore sent straight to neonatal care where he stayed for six days before going to a semi-intensive care unit.

Mrs da Silva was transferred to intensive care where she remained in a deep coma.

The young mother later managed to open her eyes but was unable to respond or react to any communication.

Obstetrician Carlos Alencar said: 'Just over a week after she was admitted to hospital we began removing the sedatives that kept her asleep, but she didn't respond as we expected.

'Although all the exams testified she had a good neurological response, she didn't move.

'We applied pain stimuli, but she didn't react. The exams showed brain activity, but the areas of activity weren't responding to anything specific, not even to the voices of relatives.

'She didn't move her arms, legs or anything.'

The medical team were running out of ideas and were on the verge of sending her to another health facility when nurse Ms Sá suggested putting Mrs da Silva and her son together.

Due to Mrs da Silva being motionless and unable to hold her child, Ms Sá wrapped the new mother's arms around her son, cradling him on her chest.

To everyone's surprise, the moment the baby was placed 'skin-to-skin', the unconscious Mrs da Silva's heart rate quickened, and she started crying and producing milk. 
'As soon as Amanda felt the touch of the baby's skin on hers, tears started pouring down her cheeks. It was a cry of love,' Ms Sá said.

'More than that it was a cry that said: "I'm still here, I'm alive, I want to live''.

Source: Daily Mail UK

Atiku Appoints Saraki, Fayose, Wike To Head 2019 Campaign

The PDP and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar have assembled a strong campaign team, lead by Senate President Bukola Saraki for the 2019 elections.

See names and positions of the members below;

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki is Director General.

H.E Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is Zonal Coordinator for NorthWest.

H.E Ibrahim Dankwambo is Zonal Coordinator for NorthEast.

H.E Ortom Samuel is the Zonal Coordinator for NorthCentral.

H.E Dave Umahi is the Zonal Coordinator for SouthEast.

H.E Nyesom Wike is the Zonal Coordinator for SouthSouth.

H.E Ayo Fayose is the Zonal Coordinator for the SouthWest.

HE Barr Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, Chairman, Legal Matters.

H.E UdomEmmanuel is the Chairman, Fund Raising.

Beautiful Lady Working As A Mechanic Melts Hearts Online

A lot of positive reviews have been observed since Hausa actress Bilikisu Abdullahi shared this adorable photo of a female mechanic on duty, somewhere in Kano State.

The unnamed lady looked well kitted as she put her hands to work on the wheel of a vehicle. We commend her for her diligence.

Fayose Arrives EFCC Office In Style (Photo)

Peter the Rock, former Ekiti state Governor Ayo Fayose is a man of his words. As he had promised, he reported to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) this Tuesday afternoon to answer any questions the agency has for him, with respect to their allegations of corruption.

Interestingly, Fayose arrived the anti-graft agency office in style rocking a T-shirt with a bold inscription; "EFCC I'M HERE!"

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Five Things You Should Know About Peter Obi

Former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, who has been selected as the running mate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP is an unconventional African man.

Here are five things you should know about him.

1. Peter Obi who was governor from 2007 to 2014, has only two children; a daughter and a son.

According to Wikipedia, their names are Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi, who is two years older than her brother, Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi.

For a man from his generation and his cultural background, it’s a bit unconventional that Mr. Obi has only two children.

2. Obi, who was born on July 19, 1961, graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1980 with a degree in Philosophy.

3. The former governor is a Catholic Church Papal Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester.

4. Obi spent eight years and seven months as the governor of Anambra State. He was sworn in as governor of Anambra State on 17 March 2006. However, on 2 November 2006, he was impeached after seven months in office. He took the matter to court, he won and was reinstated on 9 February 2007.

Another election took place in 2007, that brought in Andy Uba. Obi went to court to argue that he didn’t complete his four-year tenure, the court agreed with him and said his tenure ought to end on March 2010.

After his dramatic first term, Obi contested for the position of governorship again and won a second term in office, which ended on 7th of March 2014.

5. He was appointed the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission by former President Goodluck Jonathan in April 2015.

Peter Obi: Why He Was Picked For Vice President

The Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel yesterday gave reasons why former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, was picked as the running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

In a statement last night, Gbenga Daniel said,
Obi’s choice was largely influenced by his youthfulness, vast knowledge of global and local economics as well as being a financial expert, all experience which Nigeria is in great need of at this point in time.

“This ticket will be able to steer our nation back on the path of progress, economic prosperity and unity,” Daniel said.

In line with its pre-primary election zoning formula, Atiku yesterday picked ex-Governor Peter Obi as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election.

With the development, the party has returned to the winning formula of the defunct National Party of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983 in which ex-President Shehu Shagari paired with the late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme.

PDP’s zoning of the VP slot to the South East was allegedly designed to woo the Igbo who had been complaining of marginalization.

Since the conclusion of PDP presidential primaries, party leaders have narrowed the choice of vice presidential candidate to the South-West and the South-East.

But Atiku and the party leadership have opted for the South-East in order to address “the marginalization of the zone.”

Already, the PDP has given a copy of the nomination form to Obi to fill with the ex-governor having audience with Atiku at about 5 pm yesterday.

It was also gathered that a South-South governor may be appointed as the Director-General of the Presidential Campaign Organisation of the PDP.

A top PDP source told The Nation that: “Earlier on Monday, the PDP presented guidelines to Atiku and eventually, it was agreed that ex-Governor Peter Obi fits into the criteria set out.

“The concession of the slot to the South-East was also in line with the wish of Atiku.

“In its power sharing formula, the PDP had conceded the VP slot to the South-East and reneging on the agreement would have been fatal for the party in 2019.

“Apart from being a prudent leader, Obi has rich experience in the private and public sectors which will help him manage the nation’s economy as the Chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC).

“The banking sector, which is the mainstay of the nation’s economy, will have a new lease of life with Obi in charge.."

Couple Set To Wed 2 Years After Meeting At NYSC (Photos)

A beautiful lady identified as Omowunmi Ayeni, has taken to social media to share pics with her husband-to-be who she met at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp two years ago.

According to Ayeni, she met her husband Oluwagbenga Oluwasegun while preparing for a program in camp. They exchanged numbers and went their separate ways...

As fate would have it, they met two years after and are getting married.

2019 Presidency: How Buhari, Atiku Are Battling For Big Votes

Although over 20 political parties have produced their presidential candidates in the race to the 2019 general elections, observers believe the presidential election will be mainly a battle between President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.

In the meantime, as the North leads with the number of registered voters, political analysts say this is where Buhari and Atiku – who are both Muslims, Fulani and septuagenarians – will have their hottest battle for votes.

What are their strategies to win the big votes?

The Punch's Jesusegun Alagbe writes; 
When former Vice President Atiku Abubakar defected to the PDP in December 2017, after a four-year sojourn at the ruling APC there were insinuations he was not going back to the PDP just to be a member, but to make another attempt at fulfilling his presidential ambition.

The former Vice President had in previous times sought this position: first, in 1992 when he contested the presidential primary of the Social Democratic Party but lost out to late Chief MKO Abiola.

He sought the presidency again in the 2007 general elections on the platform of the Action Congress, but came third behind the PDP’s candidate, late Umaru Yar’Adua, who won the election, and the All Nigeria Peoples Party’s candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, who came second.

In 2011, Atiku contested the PDP presidential primary ticket but lost out to former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was Yar’Adua’s ex-Vice President.

Not giving up on his ambition, in 2013, he defected to the newly-formed APC, but lost in the party’s presidential primary to Buhari, who eventually won the presidential election in 2015.

Following this defeat and being allegedly shut out of the Buhari administration, Atiku stayed two more years at the APC before leaving in December 2017.

Expectedly, he declared another presidential bid on the PDP platform in July 2018, promising to rebuild the economy and tackle insecurity effectively, two areas in which he claimed the Buhari administration had failed the people woefully.

Fortunately for him, the former VP emerged the PDP presidential candidate last Sunday in what political pundits have described as the most competitive presidential primary of any party in the race to the 2019 general elections.

Atiku, who garnered 1,532 of the 3,274 votes from party delegates, defeated 11 other aspirants, including Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Senate President Bukola Saraki; and a former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

“We have a wonderful opportunity to return the PDP to power,” Atiku said in his acceptance speech at the Adokiye Amesiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

“We’ve enumerated the challenges faced by the country over and over. What we need to do is to proffer solutions. That is what will make us different from the clueless government.”

Speaking of the “clueless government,” the ex-VP apparently referred to the administration of Buhari, his likely major contender in next year’s presidential election.

Buhari had also emerged the APC’s 2019 presidential candidate after polling 14.8 million votes in the party’s direct presidential primary across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Other presidential candidates the Independent National Electoral Commission has cleared include Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party; Olusegun Mimiko of the Zenith Labour Party; Obi Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria; Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party; Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria; and Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress.

However, despite the emergence of new and young candidates, political analysts postulate that next year’s presidential election will mainly be between Atiku, 71, and Buhari, 75, of the PDP and the APC respectively.

“We hope to see the emergence of people like Ezekwesili, Moghalu and Durotoye in the future. They are young and seem innovative, but I believe the 2019 presidential election will still be between Atiku and Buhari,” a Lagos-based lawyer and political commentator, Mrs Seyi Lawal, said.

She explained, “More people, especially the youths, are getting more politically conscious and are demanding employment, safe business climate, stable electricity, among others. They are taking a cue from their counterparts in North America, Europe, Asia and even the Middle East.

“They are seeing how government is run in places like Dubai, Singapore, Canada, France, and so on. They won’t tolerate the present crop of political class who have kept them in perpetual mediocrity for too long again.

“But for now, from the look of things, the 2019 presidential election still remains between Atiku and Buhari, that is, between the PDP and the APC. Moreover, this is also because the 36 states are still largely controlled by the two main parties.”

An Abuja-based political scientist, Dr Joseph Bello, agreed with Lawal, saying with Atiku’s emergence as the PDP presidential candidate, Buhari would strive harder to beat the former VP at the poll, because “more Nigerians are getting fed up with the APC administration.”

Bello noted that with increasing unemployment, insecurity, unstable economy, poor business environment, and one-sided anti-corruption war under the Buhari administration, more Nigerians were already looking up to another “saviour.”

He opined that it might be an easy victory for the PDP in states in the South-East, South-South and the Middle Belt, while the PDP and the APC would slug it out in the North-East and North-West, as well as the South-West.

Citing reasons for his assertion, the political scientist said, “Let me start with the South-West. Even though the zone is run by the APC, the votes are going to be divided between the PDP and APC. Case studies are the recent Osun State and Ekiti State elections.

“The South-South, with six states, and the South-East, with five states, have always voted for the PDP at the presidential level since 1999. I don’t know how that’s going to change in 2019, especially due to several factors.

“The South-Southern and South-Eastern people won’t quickly forget Buhari’s 95-5 leadership mindset, wherein the President suggested those who gave him just five per cent of votes at the 2015 elections shouldn’t expect more from him, unlike those who gave him 95 per cent of votes.

“These people would also not forget the way the Indigenous People of Biafra were treated under this administration. Talking about the Middle Eastern people, the herdsmen killings will be a huge factor in voting for the next president. I’m not sure they would want to forgive Buhari over the insecurity situation there.”

He added, “Even though Nasarawa State is led by the APC, the PDP still won at the presidential level in 2015, so this may still happen in 2019; same thing in Plateau State. Benue State is now a PDP-controlled state, and with the herdsmen killings, the APC should be afraid.

“The Senate President will likely pull a stunt in Kwara State, where he hails from. In other states like Kogi and Niger in the Middle Belt, the votes might be shared between the PDP and the APC.”

Bello noted the main battleground for Atiku and Buhari would be in the North-East and North-West, where both hail from respectively.

He further analysed, “Buhari is from Katsina State in the North-West, where we also have Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states.

“This geopolitical zone provided the President with 46 per cent of his entire 15 million votes in 2015, but with Atiku having the support of former co-aspirants who are political heavyweights in their respective states, he will eat into Buhari’s votes significantly.

“Remember we have Tambuwal and Attahiru Bafarawa in Sokoto State; Kwankwaso in Kano State; Ahmed Makarfi and Datti Ahmed in Kaduna State; Taminu Turaki in Kebbi State; and Sule Lamido in Jigawa State. Hence, it’s not going to be an easy ride for Buhari in 2019, unlike in 2015.

“Atiku is from Adamawa State in the North-East, where we also have Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states. In this zone too, the PDP and APC will have a fierce fight. The APC controls four states while the PDP controls only two in this zone.”

In his piece, 2019: Atiku vs. Buhari, a former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to ex-President Jonathan, Mr Reuben Abati, stated that Atiku, just like Buhari, had a strong political machinery in the North.

He wrote, “Atiku came into the limelight through the late Shehu Yar’Adua political machinery: the People’s Front of Nigeria, which later became the People’s Democratic Movement.

“Yar’Adua, who was murdered in prison by the late General Sani Abacha government, used that platform to build bridges across Nigeria. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was Yar’Adua’s friend, (and) they were both Abacha’s prisoners, and he would later prove his loyalty to the man who previously served him as Chief of Staff, by anointing his junior brother, Umaru Yar’Adua as Nigeria’s President in 2007.

“It was Atiku Abubakar, not Umaru Yar’Adua who inherited the Shehu Yar’Adua political machinery. In fairness to Atiku, he has kept that machinery alive, oiling it over the years such that there is no part of Nigeria where you do not have a PFN-PDM cell. Atiku’s emergence has automatically re-activated those cells.”

He added, “Politically, even members of the ruling All Progressives Congress see Atiku Abubakar as one of their own. There is no major player in this country who has not had the opportunity of interacting with Atiku at one level or the other. To every other constituency, Atiku is saying Nigeria must be restructured. He poses a real threat to President Buhari’s second term ambition.

“Senator Kwankwaso, now the main PDP politician in Kano State, will divide the votes in Kano in Atiku’s favour. The South-East and the South-South may not vote for Buhari. In the South-West, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the godfather of Lagos State politics, has every reason to give Buhari ‘an Ambode treatment'."

An Abuja-based lawyer and political commentator, Mr Aliu Mustapha, also noted that with the North having the highest number of registered voters in the country (39,021,964, according to INEC as of January 2018, as against 34,020,986 in the South), the zone remained the hottest battleground for both Atiku and Buhari.

He said, “The North has always shown better disposition when it comes to voting and I don’t expect this to change in 2019. Many southerners travel abroad or monitor elections on the TV or social media.

“Hence, both Atiku and Buhari will have to battle for these people’s votes in 2019. A lot of factors will come into play and you can’t readily tell who is going to win. Both are strong politicians in the region.”

Shortly after Atiku emerged the PDP presidential candidate on Sunday, the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group and Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, said the 2019 presidential race would be a robust fight between two “old eagles.”

The cleric stated this during his Independence Anniversary State of the Nation address titled, The Road to 2019: Quo Vadis, Nigeria?

According to him, the 2019 presidential contest between Atiku and Buhari will be an “Eagle versus Eagle” and not “Eaglet versus an Eagle.”

Stating that he wasn’t campaigning for Atiku, Bakare said, “I wish President Muhammadu Buhari the best in 2019. He has the power of incumbency and he will do his best to win the election, but Atiku is not going to take ‘no’ for an answer when the two forces collide in the election.

“I can’t say Atiku will win or lose. You see, I am not advocating for him. Among all the aspirants who contested the PDP’s ticket with him, he is perhaps the most cosmopolitan, he is a Wazobia man.”

Friday, 12 October 2018

ATIKU/OBI 2019: What do you think?


Thursday, 11 October 2018


Full Speech Here:
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
On The Visit of PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to Abeokuta
October 11, 2018
I am happy to welcome the distinguished leaders of goodwill who have led the PDP Presidential Candidate and my former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to my humble abode and I welcome the Presidential Candidate himself.
Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.
Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku.
And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.
I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.
From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.
Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party.
That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party. In addition to appreciating all that the Party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.
There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends. You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.
But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared. And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.
I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate - all at the national level.
With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.
For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through. From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent.
You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.
You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways. As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.” And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.
As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard. On your behalf, I thank them all. May their coast continue to be expanded. And when you become Nigerian President which, insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin. Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, if not time.
Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency. The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended. I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding ALL the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.
Constitutionalism, popular participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for reversing the deficits of the past three and half years. They will ensure abiding faith in our indivisibility, oneness and faith in the survival of all against none.
The fundamentals for our development, economic growth and progress are hard and soft infrastructure. Remember to always give adequate places in your administration to our youth and women.
All the authorities involved with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the election must ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.
Once again, congratulations and I wish you well. My distinguished brothers and leaders of goodwill, thank you for making this happen. I will now count on you to encourage all hands to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the level God has created it to be – autopilot level.
God bless you all and God bless Nigeria.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Tambuwal Speaks On Loss To Atiku, Reveals Next Action

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has congratulated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for picking the Presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections.

However, Tambuwal, in a letter addressed to Atiku, 
On Monday in Abuja, pledged to support his presidential bid.

“On behalf of myself, my family, and millions of my supporters from across the length and breadth of the country, I heartily rejoice with and congratulate you on your emergence as the flag bearer of our great political party, the PDP.

“Your emergence through a transparent process is a testament to the fact that the PDP is now a reformed party and has sent a strong signal about our resolve to bring about the desired national transformation needed to turn around the fortunes of our beloved nation Nigeria,” he said.

Tambuwal promised to work with Atiku to ensure that he emerged victorious in the 2019 general elections, and urged members of the PDP to roll up their sleeves to ensure victory for the party.

Mike Bamiloye & wife celebrate 30th wedding anniversary in style

The Founders of Mount Zion ministries, Evangelist Mike and Gloria Bamiloye celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on October 8. The celebration took place at RCCG House on the Rock parish, Grand Prairie Texas on Sunday.

The Church celebrated their 30th Anniversary in a Grand style as they began with a variety and Sporting events on Saturday, October. More photos...

Evangelist Mike and Gloria Bamiloye started their marriage as young people who had the desire to serve God through the Drama ministry. Their marriage is blessed with three wonderful children.

We celebrate the grace of God on their lives and family. HMA!

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