* APGA’s Victory maintains national balance of power ahead of 2019 (ThisDay) * Mugabe refuses to resign, risks impeachment (ThisDay)

* APGA’s Victory maintains national balance of power ahead of 2019 (ThisDay)     * Mugabe refuses to resign, risks impeachment (ThisDay)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 20, 2017

 

APGA’s Victory maintains national balance of power ahead of 2019 (ThisDay)

With the emphatic victory of the All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA) candidate, Governor Willie Obiano, in the Anambra State governorship election held last Saturday, the country’s balance of political power has been maintained, leaving the contest for 2019 open.  The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had hoped to use the governorship contest to gain a foot hold in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) dominated South-east of the country, while the latter also made a spirited bid to make the region its exclusive enclave by clinching the only APGA controlled state in the region. But as APGA’s Obiano retained his seat, the power equation remained the same with all the leading political parties maintaining their strong holds preparatory to the 2019 general elections.  Read more

Mugabe refuses to resign, risks impeachment (ThisDay)

Embattled President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe Sunday remained adamant, insisting that he would hold on to power, at least, till the December congress of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), which had relieved him as its leader and gave him up to noon Monday to resign as president or risk impeachment. ZANU-PF had Sunday appointed Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe had fired as vice-president two weeks ago, as its new leader.

The party, according to the BBC, had given 93-year-old Mugabe until noon Monday to resign as president or face impeachment. Read more

Why I didn’t implement 2014 Confab report — Jonathan (Vanguard)

Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, said, yesterday, he didn’t implement the 2014 Confab report because time was too short for him to do so, as the report was submitted in the twilight of his administration. He also advised leaders to take decisions, which impact would outlive them when out of office. Jonathan, whose explanation was contained in the goodwill message delivered on the occasion of Integration Summit Roundtable in Abuja, said the 2014 Confab report held the key for reshaping and consolidating the necessary common grounds and shred values needed to move the nation forward. Read more

Human trafficking, Illegal migration, threat to national security — Saraki (Vanguard)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has described human trafficking and illegal migration by some Nigerians as threat to national security that required urgent response. He said that in view of the bad image being created for the country and the overall security implications posed by illegal migrants and victims of trafficking, the Senate would support the Federal Government and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, to work out a cohesive and comprehensive national response to the twin evil. Saraki, who spoke when NAPTIP’s Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, led senior members of the agency’s management team on a courtesy visit to him, said human trafficking and illegal migration activities had reached crisis proportions in the country with severe implications for national security. Read more

PDP chairmanship: Fayose calls for shadow election among S-West aspirants (Vanguard)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has advocated the conduct of primary election among the national chairmanship aspirants in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the Southwest zone, so as to have a solid front in the coming national convention of the party. Contrary to insinuations that he is aversed to the national chairmanship position of the party coming to the South West, the governor said he would never work against the interest of any aspirant or interest of the zone. Read more

Lagos APC leaders urge members to embrace unity (Punch)

The apex body of the All Progressives Congress in the Lagos East Senatorial District has urged party members in the district to be united. The members in a meeting held in Ikorodu under the leadership of Otunba Bushura Alebiosu were also urged to ensure the progress of the residents and the party. The body in a statement on Sunday by its Secretary, Joko Pelumi, stated that the group met to discuss issues pertaining to “the unity of the senatorial district in particular, and the progress of the APC in general.” Read more

As MPC meets, marginal drop in inflation may delay interest rate cut (ThisDay)

As members of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) commence their last meeting for the year Monday, the marginal drop in October inflation released recently might make the committee members to retain interest rate at 14 per cent. But some analysts believe that a possible stronger third quarter 2017 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures to be released Monday may leave the committee members with no choice but to cut interest rate when they vote on Tuesday. Nigeria’s headline inflation slowed for the ninth consecutive month in October, declining to 15.91 per cent from 15.98 per cent in September. Read more

NNPC: crude-for-product arrangement on course (Nation)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it will go ahead with its crude-for-product plans. Its Group Public Affairs Manager, Ndu Ugbamadu, in an interview with The Nation at the weekend, said Federal Government has never contemplated dropping the idea or substituting it with another as of efforts to make fuel available in the country. He said the delay in fast-tracking the growth of the initiative does not mean that the government has abandoned the idea. He said the Federal Government through NNPC, is in talks with prospective bidders for crude locally and internationally in order to ensure that the scheme enjoy a seamless run. Read more

Lagos to get 24/7 power supply in 2018 – Ambode (Punch)

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has said plans are at advanced stages to generate constant electricity for residents of the state in 2018. He noted that the state government had already devised strategies to short-circuit power generation, transmission and distribution to ensure there was “24/7 power supply to residents.” Ambode spoke at a recent interactive session with members of the business community and informal sector, a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Habib Haruna, said on Sunday. Read more

Niger Gov: Zungeru Power Project to be ready Dec 2019 (ThisDay)

The Zungeru hydro power project in Niger State started by the administration of former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 is to be completed and delivered for use in December 2019, the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, disclosed at the dam site last Saturday. On completion, the dam being constructed with several billions of naira would add 700 megawatts of electricity to the national grid thereby giving respite to electricity consumers in the country. Read more

Equities lose N144b as investors await CBN decisions (Nation)

Investors scrambled to realign their portfolios and lock in profit ahead of the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). A midweek selling spree left the equities market with a net capital depreciation of N143.9 billion last week as investors anxiously await the decisions of the MPC. The MPC is scheduled to meet between today and tomorrow during which the apex bank will review its monetary policy tools and rates, in the light of current macro-economic and global outlook. While many analysts expected the apex bank to retain its current rates, some analysts said improving macro-economic performance, though still fragile, could encourage the apex bank to cut rates. Read more

Will Kanu reappear? (Nation)

With the Federal High Court in Abuja scheduled to decide on December 13 whether the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, should be asked to account for the whereabouts of separatist Nnamdi Kanu, the drama of disappearance is not about to end. Since Kanu disappeared while on bail, his sureties have been asked to account for his whereabouts, but they seem not to know. The controversial leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was granted bail by a Federal High Court on April 25, after many sympathetic voices had called for his release from prolonged detention for separatist activities.  Kanu is facing trial for “alleged offences of conspiracy to commit acts of treasonable felony and other related offences.” Read more

CFAO inaugurates assembly plant (Nation)

The CFAO group has opened an assembly plant for Fuso its Amuwo-Odofin, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, facility. The plant is expected to produce 500 units of Canter truck yearly. According to CFAO, the Canter truck has segment advantage in the areas of reliability, ruggedness; low maintenance cost and particularly meets the economic needs and requirements of the Nigerian end users. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okey Enelamah was represented by the Director- General of the Nigerian Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr Jelani Aliyu in attendance at the event. Read more

Exciting winger Samuel Kalu scores fourth league goal in Gent win (Allnigeriasoccer)

Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu was on target for his Belgian topflight side KAA Gent in an emphatic 3-0 win against Sporting Lokeren on Sunday evening. The 20-year-old who has been making headlines in Belgium with his trickery and dynamism profited from a Brecht Dejaegere’s assist to double his side’s lead in 76th minute of the second period, after the provider has earlier put the team ahead with a deft finish. And French playmaker, Samuel Gigot added another six minutes from stoppage time to ensure the points and hand Gent their fifth win of the league season. Read more

Rohr among 13 Foreign Coaches at the 2018 World Cup (Allnigeriasoccer)

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr is among thirteen foreign coaches that will lead teams other than their counties of birth or nationality at the 2018 World Cup. Born in Mannheim, West Germany, Rohr is also the holder of a French passport, having lived for more than twenty years in Bordeaux. Spaniard Roberto Martinez will coach the Belgium national team at the mundial, Vladimir Petkovic from Croatia is Switzerland’s boss, and a Norwegian Hareide Age will manage Denmark. Read more

FIBA Africa club tourney will be tough for Pillars – coach (Punch)

Kano Pillars coach, Sani Ahmed, has predicted a tough outing for the club at the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship in Tunisia from December 8 to 17. The Nigeria Premier Basketball League champions will  represent FIBA Africa Zone 3 along with fellow Nigerian side Gombe Bulls. The two clubs qualified for the competition after finishing first and second at the FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers, which ended in Lagos on Saturday. Read more

Balogun breaks hand, undergoes surgery (Punch)

Nigeria powerful defender Leon Balogun  has returned to the treatment room days after helping the Super Eagles beat South American giants Argentina 4-2  in Krasnodar in Russia on November 14. His German Bundesliga club Mainz 05 confirmed on their official Twitter account on Sunday that  the 29-year-old suffered a fracture to his left hand  on Friday and had undergone surgery. The former Werder Bremen player, who made his international debut in  the 0-0 draw in a  friendly game against Mexico in March 2014, missed Mainz’s league clash against Cologne at Opel Arena on Saturday. Mainz won 1-0. Read more

Real Madrid Xbox One S package available exclusively in Spanish territories (Mspoweruser)

In July, Xbox announced that the company had become the official console partner of Real Madrid, one of the top soccer teams in the world. Nothing tangible for most players has come from that partnership until now. Xbox has revealed a new limited edition Real Madrid Xbox One S that is available exclusively in Spanish territories. The console (shown above) is a standard 500 GB Xbox One S system that comes with 2 sets of Real Madrid skins in the package to customize your console however you wish. It’s unfortunate that they are only stickers and not etched onto the console itself, but it’s still a nice deal for soccer fans. Read more

Daniel Sturridge Eyes January Exit Amid Latest Rumours (Bleachereport)

Daniel Sturridge is reportedly looking to move away from Liverpool in the January transfer window as his lack of game time at Anfield is putting his England 2018 FIFA World Cup place in jeopardy. According to Darren Lewis in the Mirror, the former Manchester City and Chelsea forward will “spark a mid-season scramble” by opting to quit Anfield, and “sources close to him are hoping Liverpool will put a realistic price-tag on his head when the transfer window reopens.” Read more

Guardiola will ‘kill’ City stars if they get complacent (Fourfourtwo)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned his team he would “kill” anyone who got complacent after their flying start to the season. City continued their Premier League dominance with a 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday seeing them maintain their eight-point lead at the top.

Guardiola’s men have won 11 of 12 league games, scoring 40 goals and conceding just seven. The Spaniard said there was no chance of his team becoming complacent despite their stunning form. Read more

Rashford: Tim Howard was my idol growing up (Goal)

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has spoken about his early days as a goalkeeper, saying U.S. international Tim Howard was his idol growing up. The 20-year-old England international is off to a strong start this season, having scored seven times over 19 appearances in all competitions. But before Rashford developed into one of the sport’s most promising forwards, the Manchester native put on the gloves as a youth — looking to then-Manchester United goalkeeper Howard for inspiration. Read more

US troops in Japan banned from drinking after fatal crash (Abcnews)

U.S. military personnel in Okinawa have been restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol after a Marine was arrested over a crash that killed a Japanese man. Police on the southern Japanese island arrested 21-year-old Nicholas James-McLean late Sunday on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury or death and driving under the influence of alcohol, said Kazuhiko Miyagi of the Okinawa police. He confirmed that a breath test indicated James-McLean had an alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. The Marine was slightly injured, Miyagi said. Read more

Australia, NZ officials discuss screening for Manus refugees – NZ PM (Reuters)

New Zealand and Australian officials have begun talks about screening processes for asylum seekers who have shut themselves inside a Papua New Guinea detention centre, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. Australia has been refusing New Zealand’s offer to take up to 150 of the detainees from the Australian-run camp on Manus Island, but Ardern’s comments have raised speculation that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is ready to accept the offer. Read more

China’s Chongqing renews attacks on former disgraced leaders (Reuters)

The government of the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing renewed its attacks on two of its disgraced former leaders on Monday, saying one had set up an “independent kingdom” while the other was a lazy deceiver. Chongqing, one of China’s most important cities, is perhaps best known outside China for its association with its one-time party boss, Bo Xilai, once himself a contender for top leadership before being jailed for life in 2013 in a dramatic corruption scandal. Read more

Kathy Jackson pleads not guilty to Health Services Union theft (Guardian)

The former Health Services Union boss Kathy Jackson will stand trial over charges she stole money by passing off personal expenses as work expenses. Jackson, who lives in New South Wales, will face trial after pleading not guilty in Melbourne magistrates court on Monday to 166 charges. Jackson entered the not guilty plea after counsel told the court they would no longer proceed with a committal hearing, which was expected to run for two weeks. The hearing would have determined whether Jackson should stand trial but she instead waived her right to cross-examine witnesses during the pre-trial stage. Read more

Behind Mugabe’s rapid fall: A firing, a feud and a first lady (Nytimes)

The rapid fall of Zimbabwe’s president, whose legendary guile and ruthlessness helped him outmaneuver countless adversaries over nearly four decades, probably has surprised no one more than Robert Mugabe himself. For years, he was so confident of his safety — and his potency — that he took monthlong vacations away from Zimbabwe after Christmas, never facing any threat during his long, predictable absences. Even at 93, his tight grip on the country’s ruling party and his control over the military made his power seem impervious to question. Read more

 

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