I WILL START TEACHING AT EKSU IN OCTOBER - FAYEMI

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As the Ekiti governorship polls draw nearer, the incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi has decided to return to the classroom. This he said he is doing out of his interest to mentor the younger ones as well as provide the right type of leadership. He will start teaching at the state-owned university in October 2014. Fayemi disclosed this to reporters in Ado-Ekiti on Friday. 

He said his action would also put a stop to those saying he had plans to destroy the university through increased school fees. The governor also said he intended to reduce the current N50,000 fees payable per student to the barest minimum. What made you increase the fees initially Mr Governor? Good decision though, if you get elected.

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EVERY ETHNIC GROUP HAS RIGHT TO RIVERS GOVERNORSHIP

Nyesom Wike

Nyesom Wike

Governor Rotimi Amaechi

Governor Rotimi Amaechi

A press release from the office of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has stressed the importance of rotational governorship in the state. This is especially going to infuriate Nyesom Wike who is eyeing the Governorship seat. He explained that apart from the Ikwere ethnic nationality, any other ethnic group in the state could contest next year’s governorship election. 

He spoke when the chiefs and elders of Ogu/Bolo paid him a solidarity visit in Government House, Port Harcourt. Being from Ikwerre ethnic group, Amaechi said it would be unfair for yet another Ikwerre son or daughter  to become governor of the state next year. He described those warming up for next year’s governorship election in the state as desperate politicians and called on the people to vote out the PDP. Should rotation form the basis of our politics?

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BUHARI BLASTS JONATHAN FOR ABANDONING BLAST VICTIMS

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Former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari has lambasted President Goodluck Jonathan over his recent visit to Kano State for a People's Democratic Party (PDP) rally organised barely 24hours after the Abuja bomb blast. The blast claimed 71 lives and left over 200 severely injured. 

The All Progressives Congress leader, voiced his disappointment via his Facebook page and he described the president’s action as very unfortunate and unpresidential. An excerpt from post reads: “More so, other Nigerians are not happy with Jonathan over this and they've taken to the social media to scold the president. “While the country is still mourning, President Jonathan, went to Kano state to welcome former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shekarau, to the PDP.”

NOBODY CAN STOP ME IF I DECIDE TO CONTEST PRESIDENCY – TINUBU

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has those opposing his political aspiration to find something else to do. He then declared that nobody can stop his ambition in 2015 if he declares for the Presidency. According to him, he has the right to be the President of Nigeria regardless of his religion and state of origin.

“We must choose the right person to lead the battle, and nobody, no one under the sun, under the United Nations Human Rights Charter can stop Bola Tinubu’s ambition. This is not an election of a vicar or bishop, not of a Muslim Imam or cleric; it is about an individual with the character, brain and capacity to govern. “Whether you are a Christian or Muslim and you are good, you will win our support" he said. Will Tinubu contest for the Presidency? 

ANAMBRA’S NEW INFORMATION COMMISSIONER UNFOLDS AGENDA

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Chief Tony Onyima, who is the new Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Information, in Anambra State, has unveiled his key policy direction. Onyima was the former managing director of the SUN Publishing Company before Willie Obiano appointed him as a commissioner. He then directed the entire staff of the Information Ministry to key in to whatever Governor Obiano has set out to achieve. 

Onyima stated that in the days ahead, he will work hard to ensure that there will always be the communication component in every development effort that is executed by the government. Joe-Martins Uzodike, his predecessor alerted the new commissioner that the Anambra Broadcasting Service might lose its license to operate if it does not change its present analogue status and embrace digital broadcasting by the 31st of December this year.

 

APC GOVERNORS CHALLENGE JONATHAN

Governor Rochas Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

“We urge him to show leadership at this moment by doing whatever is within his capacity and capabilities as a President, to fish out those who were involved in this act" were the words of the All Progressives Governors led by Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. They expressed worries over the escalating security issues in the country and called on President Jonathan to wake up as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and protect Nigerians. 

The wakeup call and challenge was made when they visited some of the victims of the Nyanya Motor Park bomb explosion at the National Hospital, Abuja. The governors announced they had decided to set up a trust fund to support the victims’ families. Okorocha emphasised this was not the time to apportion blame, but Nigerians irrespective of their party or religious affiliation must close ranks to ensure the safety of lives and property. So Mr President needs the governors to remind him of his duty now? 

OBIANO MARKS ONE MONTH IN OFFICE

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Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, while marking his one month in office, unveiled enormous new programmes and policies for months ahead. He vowed to crush all the unrepentant criminals operating in the state. Speaking in a radio/television broadcast, he outlined some of his activities for the past one month, and warned criminals and hoodlums to vacate the state or stop such acts. 

“Make no mistake about this, I am determined to win this war- Anambra shall be safe".He stated that his administration will reclaim the environment from the filth and rubbish that has overtaken it. He then mentioned that he has already inaugurated a Special Committee on Agriculture to revolutionalise agriculture in Anambra State”. Sounds like a governor who might go all out but then, this is Nigeria. Blowing hot never goes out of style. 

OBIANO ARRESTS NOTORIOUS ARMS DEALER

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To further tighten the noose on the activities of criminals in the Anambra state, the Governor, Mr Willie Obiano has promised to provide a new gun-boat for the Nigerian Navy who are actively involved in the campaign to weed criminals out of the state. He also assured that the state government would repair all grounded naval vessels and put them back into stressing that most of the arms were smuggled into the state through the River Niger. 

He spoke at the parade of a notorious suspected arms dealer Mr. Alphonsus Ngwu who is fingered for supplying arms to crime syndicates in the state. Ngwu who was paraded at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Headquarters, Awkuzu, along with a gang of four armed robbery suspects openly confessed to newsmen that he had been a gun-runner for over fifteen years. The Obiano administration pledged to achieve zero tolerance of crime in Anambra State. Can Anambra's crime rates significantly reduce? 

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PROSECUTOR'S ABSENCE STALLS FANI-KAYODE’S TRIAL

Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode

Festus Keyamo

Festus Keyamo

The absence of Mr Festus Keyamo, the prosecutor in the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has stalled the case.  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Fani-Kayode to court on an amended 40-count charge bordering on money laundering before a Federal High Court in Lagos. 

Fani-Kayode’s counsel, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), therefore, asked the court for an adjournment sine the prosecuting counsel was nowhere to be found. The judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, expressed displeasure that the prosecutor was absent without writing a letter to the court that he would not be available. She adjourned the case till May 14 for continuation of trial. We are obviously not serious about the corruption war in Nigeria.

 

JONATHAN GAVE ME FREE PUBLICITY - KWANKWASO

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Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State apparently angered by President Jonathan’s accusation that he pocketed his campaign money during the 2011 presidential election, stormed the venue the president used for his rally and swept his footprints away. Jonathan had during a rally in Kano on Tuesday accused the governor of frustrating his ambition by refusing to release the money he gave him for delegates from his state. 

He then lambasted the President for flying all over the country just hours after a major bomb blast in Abuja had killed many. “The man came to Kano to smear our image, but thank God, he gave me free publicity by mentioning my name over 50 times in a 15-minute address. “If I decide to contest for the Presidency, I will beg APC, APGA and Labour Party not to vote for me. I want to assure you that, with the PDP votes that I will garner, I will defeat the President hands down” the governor stated. Serious talk. What do you make of the President's trips?

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KWANKWASO TOOK MY CAMPAIGN MONEY AND DID NOT VOTE FOR ME

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday took a swipe at Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano. He accused him (Kwankwaso) of embezzling allowances meant for Kano delegates during the 2011 PDP presidential primary and that he also refused to vote for him. Jonathan recalled that during the presidential primaries at the Eagles Square, Kwankwaso left when it became clear that he had won. 

Kwankwaso, had earlier said, “I regret voting President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, as he has done nothing to move the nation forward”. He stated this at the All Progressives Congress elders meeting. Reacting to Kwankwaso’s comment however, Jonathan said “I read in the paper that the Governor of Kano state said he regretted voting for me. Let me tell my good people of Kano that Kwankwaso did not vote for me and the Vice President. 2015 is real!

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USE OUR CONFAB ALLOWANCES TO FIGHT TERRORISM - CLARK

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A call has been made by Chief Edwin Clark for Nigerians to put all hands on deck in order to fight terrorism in the country. He also called on fellow delegates at the ongoing National Conference to contribute their feeding allowances to combat insecurity in the country. The thought is quite patriotic but counting on the delegates to do that, please do not hold your breath. 

Recovering from the abduction and freedom of his son, he spoke at the CONFAB session yesterday, “The issue of my son that was kidnapped is no longer an issue compared to what has happened. What is happening now is a national issue. It is not a North or South issue. Wherever it is happening, Nigerians are being killed and under siege. Such words coming from a man who has uttered divisive statements in the past are nothing short of a miracle. 

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FG TO ADJUST MEMBERSHIP OF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

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Reacting to alleged marginalisation of Muslims at the ongoing National Conference, the Vice President, Namadi Sambo has disclosed that the membership of the national conference would be reviewed. This is coming on the heels of a complaint lodged by an Islamic delegation led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar. The Muslim representatives had pointed out the imbalance between Muslims and Christians in the 492-member conference. 

I want to confirm that Mr. President has directed that positive action be taken on the matter,” Sambo said at the 50th anniversary lecture of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), a body led by the Sultan. Sambo also said “Mr President has also accepted my recommendation to appoint a special adviser on Islamic affairs and we are making efforts to address the issue of grazing range and grazing reserves. Special Adviser on Islamic affairs, really? That is the solution?

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LAGOS WILL HAVE 24/7 ELECTRICITY BY 2019 – AKABUEZE

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Upon conclusion of the 7th Lagos Economic Summit, Ehingbeti 2014, an assurance has come for residents that there will be significant improvement in power generation in the next five years. The assurance came from the Lagos State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze. , The parley had in attendance foreign investors, who expressed readiness to partner the state in the areas of power, tourism, industry, agriculture, et al. 

 "The kind of meeting we just held is really about engaging investors of partnership. As a government, it is our duty to create the platform, discuss opportunities, provide policy support, build infrastructure necessary to make business thrive, while listening to ways we can improve on areas that can attract foreign direct investment” he said. The Federal Government promised regular power at the end of 2013 which has remained a mirage. Is 2019 not too far? Do you believe the Lagos State government?

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NOBODY CAN ISLAMISE NIGERIA - SULTAN

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"God would have made everybody Christian or Muslim if He wanted to, so nobody can Islamise Nigeria". These were the words of the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar. He said all the rumours about turning Nigeria into an Islamic nation were not only unfounded, they were also impossible. He believes any attempt to do such will be trying to play God which is impossible. 

The Sultan, who is the President-General, Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI), made this known at a lecture. He stressed the need for Nigerians to set aside ethno-religious differences and be committed toward peace and development of the nation. He reinforced that no JNI action was aimed at fighting the government, any group or religion. Why would anyone think it is possible to force one religion down the throats of others in a religiously diverse nation like Nigeria? 

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“YOU ARE ‘MYOPIC” – NFF BLASTS AMIESIMAKA

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In a reaction to the comments ascribed to Adokiye Amiesimaka, after he declared that the Super Eagles are not well prepared for the 2014 World Cup which kicks off next month in Brazil, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has lambasted the ex Super Eagles winger. Amiesimaka told Goal in an interview last week: “I have said it over and over again that we are not ready for the 2014 World Cup. Everyone is talking about the provisional list, no one seems to be asking, ‘what of the technical crew? According to the NFF, “He is never going to be happy about other people going to play in the FIFA World Cup finals, because he never got to play at that esteemed level. He is spewing evil and ill-will for the whole nation and continent all in the pretext of a myopic campaign for an ex-team mate to be included in the technical crew.”

The NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire insinuated that the former international was being jealous and never sees anything good in what others do. “Mr. Amiesimaka has behaved true to type. At a time that good hearted ex-internationals are egging the Super Eagles on, expressing faith in them to do Nigeria and Africa proud and generally giving the players immense psychological boost, Amiesimaka has again erected his tent in the Sadists’ Corner, wishing the team failure,” Olajire wrote in a media release. Allegations and counter allegations are just all over the place, is it possible for us not to politicize everything in Nigeria?

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WE WANTED THAT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPOT - MARTINEZ

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After a match that left his team dry and hanging, Everton manager Roberto Martinez, could not hide his disappointment after a 3-2 home loss to Manchester City. The loss ensured they could no longer pip Arsenal to fourth place in the league. Barkley opened scoring for the Toffees with a stunning strike, before Aguero levelled for Manuelo Pellegrini’s side. Edin Dzeko helped himself to a brace, before Romelu Lukaku headed in Everton’s second. Martinez was however keen to shrug off the disappointment and continue next season in the Europa League. “There are mixed emotions. Overall it has been a tremendous season,” he told Sky Sports.

“Today’s game showed the belief that we have and there is a lot to be excited about for the future. We have taken real strides forward and the football has been outstanding.“Everyone is a little bit down because we wanted to finish the season with a real fight for the Champions League spots, but you cannot be too disappointed. “If we can get into Europe it will be a magnificent achievement.” You have to give credit to Martinez, he transformed an average team into arguably one of the top teams in the league in less than a year. Great work from him. 

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“THE PLAYERS WERE FLAT AND I DON’T KNOW WHY” – GIGGS

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Following his team’s loss to Sunderland, Manchester United manager, Ryan Giggs, was at a loss to explain why his team produced a “flat” performance. He was on top of the world as his team walloped Norwich 4-0 in his 1st game in charge. It was the Black Cats’ first win at United’s home since 1968 in what is proving to be a record shattering season for United. It is also the first defeat of Gigg’s tenure as caretaker. The Welshman admitted after the game that he was left bemused. The defeats have sparked accusations the bad season was not Moyes’ fault but that most of the United players are not good enough.

However, Giggs believes in the quality of his players when he said “I still believe there is quality in the dressing room. We showed that last week but just didn’t this. The players were flat and I don’t know why.” “In the first half we got some decent crosses in, and just didn’t get enough people in the box. In the second half we had all the possession and just couldn’t find that key pass or bit of quality to get us back in the game. I am sure if we scored one we would have gone on to score more.” Is Giggs still the man for the United job?

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BOXING TOUGH DUEL: MAYWEATHER DEFEATS MAIDANA

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Floyd Mayweather faced one of the toughest fights of his career on Sunday morning, but went on to beat Marcos Maidana by majority decision, to become the WBA and WBC welterweight champion of the world. Boxing’s number one pound-for-pound fighter, who remains unbeaten, admitted afterwards: “It was a tough fight, which is what the fans wanted to see.” Dave Moretti scored the match 116-112 for Mayweather, Bert Clements had it 117-111 while Michael Pernich thought it was a draw at 114-114. The result was met by discontent and boos from some sections of the crowd and Mayweather said he was ready for a rematch.

“If the fans want to see it again, let’s do it again,” Mayweather said. The defeated Maidana said: “I have to give him a rematch, because I won.” Maidana, however felt he stood up to Mayweather. “Other fighters respected him and didn’t go toe-to toe with him like I did,” he said. Mayweather is now 46-0 with 26 KOs. Maidana drops to 35-4 with 31 KOs.

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I DON’T DESERVE TO REMAIN BARCELONA COACH – MARTINO

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Heaping blame upon himself for his team’s failures this season, Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino, has admitted that he does not deserve to remain coach of the Catalan club. Commenting after another disappointing result as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Getafe on Saturday, he said “It is not the desired end, is not a good season from a personal point of view, obviously neither for Barcelona, because it isn’t what they are used to”.  Lionel Messi tucked Dani Alves’ cross away to give Barca the lead, before Angel Lafita made it 1-1 at the Nou Camp. Alexis Sanchez restored their lead, but Lafita struck again in second half stoppage time.

Many think Martino is being forced to make himself a scapegoat for the club board’s failure to strengthen the team.“It has been a difficult season, with many problems off the pitch. We have tried to get over them with football and we were alive in the title race, until today. “A poor season wasn’t what we expected. There was the chance of not reaching the goals, but not due to our own mistakes. Even less after the two previous games in which we had to make comebacks. And sometimes one feels that his job wasn’t good enough and is not necessary to ask for a new chance, because he doesn’t deserve it”. The comments are especially tough on him and we salute his courage.

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