The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje, has said that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Jide Sanwo-Olu, would not have been contesting for the Lagos seat if not for the influence of his godfather. Ibidapo-ObeAgbaje also reacted to the issue of Igbo in Lagos, which the APC candidate addressed. Sanwo-Olu had debunked the notion that Lagos hates Igbo. He highlighted the roles that Igbo had played and are still playing in the politics and governance of Lagos state. In response, Agbaje said, “Oh yes, Lagos does not dislike the Igbo, your political establishment does.
December 12, 2018 15:00 UTC
Nigeria’s state for environment minister Ibrahim Usman Jibrin has resigned his position after emerging Emir of Nasarawa. He tendered his resignation on Wednesday at the ongoing Federal Executive Council, which was presided over by president Muhammadu Buhari. Jibrin was appointed Emir of Nasarawa on Saturday, December 8. “His people will benefit immensely from his wealth of experience in the Ministry of Environment,” Buhari said in a congratulatory message. Jibrin was appointed as the Minister of State for Environment in December 2015 after confirmation by Nigerian Senate.
December 12, 2018 14:48 UTC
Kamarudeen Ogundele, AbujaThe Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has threatened to work against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, at the February elections. Shittu who lost in the race for the governorship ticket said without restitution, there won’t be peace in the APC. The National Working Committee of the APC had raised the Peace and Reconciliation Committee for each of the six geopolitical zones to reconcile aggrieved members ahead of the general elections. The minister joins the list of Governor Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and his counterpart in Imo, Rochas Okorocha, who had threatened to work against the party’s governorship candidates in their states. READ ALSO: Uproar in Senate as Buhari excludes South-South, South-East from EFCC boardSpeaking during a media chat in Abuja, Shittu accused the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Oyo Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, of being the brains behind his exclusion from the party’s primaries.
December 12, 2018 14:28 UTC
Sweden said Wednesday it was freezing its support to UNAIDS until its executive director is removed, after an expert report blasted the agency’s leadership for systematically failing to address bullying, abuse and sexual harassment. He has to resign now,” International Development Cooperation Minister Isabella Lovin told daily Svenska Dagbladet, adding “I’ve even told him so personally”. “For… UNAIDS to regain a culture of dignity and respect, a change in leadership has become necessary,” the report said. “For 2019 no money has been earmarked as long as this leadership remains in place,” Lovin said. On Tuesday, Sidibe proposed staying on until at least mid-2019, possibly even until the end of his mandate in January 2020.
December 12, 2018 14:26 UTC
While Syria might come to mind as a war-torn zone, women are creating a haven for themselves in the Northern side of the country. Jinwar (meaning women’s land in Kurdish) is a village which inhabited by women who have been able to sustain and excel devoid of any male interference. The village is open to Widows, women who have lost their families, women want to escape the patriarchal system in the country. History tells that when the Isis caliphate ravaged Syria, Kurdish women took up arms to revolt against the war that left thousands killed and others used as sex slaves. Although men are allowed into the village, they cannot spend the night in the village.
December 12, 2018 14:15 UTC
The Pro Chancellor, Crawford University, Igbesa, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, on Wednesday said that Nigerians were spending a whooping N1 trillion annually to pursue university education abroad. Ibidapo-Obe said that it was pertinent for the country to look into how education policy makers would encourage private universities to bring out their best. Ibidapo-Obe, suggested that government could establish an Education Bank to provide a single digit interest for the private and public universities to draw funds. The university also introduced its new Pro Chancellor, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe. The former Vice-Chancellors are: Prof. Moses Ige, the founding Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Samson Ayanlaja.
December 12, 2018 14:13 UTC
Borussia Dortmund are hoping to avoid ex-coach Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool when the last 16 of the Champions League is drawn on Monday. “It doesn’t have to be Liverpool in the next round,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke replied tersely when asked if he wants to draw Liverpool in the next round. “Liverpool? That would be tough, but whoever we get, it will be tense and difficult,” said Germany midfielder Mario Goetze, who captained Dortmund in Monaco. In addition to Liverpool, Tottenham and Roma will be in the pot of second-place finishers.
December 12, 2018 14:03 UTC
The Presidency has dismissed the recent utterances by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as “a sign of confusion not worthy of attention.”Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that whoever “Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant.’’He noted that the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months. He said: “Former President Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day. We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again. “After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,’’ Shehu added. (NAN)(Visited 6,935 times, 403 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 12, 2018 13:30 UTC
Google on Wednesday announced the results of its 2018 year in search, offering an insight into the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria. NAN reports that Google Search, also referred to as Google Web Search or simply Google, is a web search engine developed by Google LLC. According to him, the Osun elections, Alexis Sanchez, Black Panther searches top the 2018 trending list. “This year’s most searched news event was the Osun elections, which gripped national attention in September due to alleged incidents of voter intimidation and interference. “Black Panther took number one in the trending movies list, while Fever by Wizkid was the top trending song,” he said.
December 12, 2018 13:10 UTC
Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz were both removed from the so-called C9 Council of Cardinals, an international advice body set up by Francis himself, the Vatican said Wednesday. The last time the C9 met in September, Errazuriz, who is accused of ignoring reports of abuse in Chile, and Pell, who faces charges in Australia related to historical child sexual offences, were both absent, and the council said it was considering restructuring. Despite being removed from the C9, Pell remains in charge of Vatican finances, the third most powerful position in the Roman Catholic Church. The Church has been hit by a series of child abuse scandals in recent years, with widespread allegations of cover-ups, including against the pope himself. The pope clarified the composition of the C9 ahead of a February meeting with leaders of bishops’ conferences from around the world dealing with the “protection of minors”, to which victims of priest sex abuse have been invited.
December 12, 2018 12:45 UTC
The Police in Abia on Wednesday arrested 51 persons suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, claiming they “operate as members of Judaism,’’ in Umuahia. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the arrest in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia. Ogbonna, a Superintendent of Police, said the suspects were arrested for allegedly being in possession of assorted insignia of the outlawed IPOB. NAN reports that the suspects held a procession on major streets of Umuahia, carrying placards with different inscriptions written in the Jewish Language. They were intercepted by a team of anti-riot policemen, who shot several teargas canisters in their attempt to disperse the procession.
December 12, 2018 12:45 UTC
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Mrs. Ronke Sokefun as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation. The appointments of other members of the board were also confirmed after the presentation of the report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Confirmation of Nomination of the following names as Chairman and Members of the Board of NDIC by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim. READ ALSO: I’ve only visited Gbagada Hospital to help the needy –Sanwo-OluMembers of the NDIC board include Barrister Festus Keyamo, SAN, Alhaji Garba Bello, Bri-Gen. Josef O. J. Okoloagu, Mustapha Adewale Mudashiru, Mr. Adewale W. Adeleke. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, charged the newly confirmed board of the NDIC to live up to expectations. He said, “This is a very serious agency and as such, I congratulate the chairman and members on their confirmation and I do hope that these very responsible Nigerians will live up to the expectations of this Senate and serve their Fatherland responsibly.”(Visited 3,948 times, 31 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 12, 2018 12:45 UTC
A 40-year-old man, Reggies Chiyanike, is now battling for his life after he took car battery water upon discovering his wife with a lover. It was reported that this is the second time that Chiyanike was consuming battery water after discovering his wife’s infidelity. According to iHarare, Chiyanike’s wife cheating is well known to family and friends. READ ALSO: Spain to raise minimum wage to 1, 050 euros in 2019“She was first caught in an extramarital affair on her matrimonial bed and the husband drank battery water but he was lucky to survive. This time, she was caught enjoying quality time with a different man prompting the man to take battery water again.”Chiyanike is said to be still in a critical condition in the hospital(Visited 5,892 times, 617 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 12, 2018 12:34 UTC
Speaking shortly after signing the peace deal, Atiku commended President Muhammadu Buhari for accepting to sign the accord, but also advised him to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018. But let me also advise him to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill”, Atiku said at the event witnessed by many PDP stakeholders and supporters. THE PUNCH reported that on Tuesday, about 30 political parties protested against their exclusion from speaking during the NPC convened by Abubakar. According to them, granting only President Muhammadu Buhari the opportunity to speak during the signing of peace accord in Abuja was the height of injustice. “Why should Oshiomhole be singled out at the event when we have equal status as chairmen of political parties?
December 12, 2018 12:00 UTC
Members of Wickremesinghe’s party and their allies voted 117-0 asking President Maithripala Sirisena to restore the status quo prior to October 26 when he dismissed his former ally. “This resolution expressing confidence in me is a vote to defeat the coup of October 26,” Wickremesinghe told parliament referring to his controversial sacking by Sirisena six weeks ago. Instead, Rajapakse and his allies are boycotting parliament since they do not have a majority in the 225-member assembly. “Unless this parliament approves a budget for 2019, the government will not be able to spend even one cent from January 1,” Karunanayake told parliament. Parliament, dominated by Wickremesinghe and his allies, have also blocked the office of prime minister spending any funds.
December 12, 2018 12:00 UTC