SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 11, 2019
Gov poll: APC wins Lagos, Ogun, Kwara, PDP takes Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday started the announcement of the results of governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections held in the country on Saturday. The results released so far revealed some surprises and upsets across the country. For instance, the ruling All Progressives Congress in Oyo State lost the governorship poll to the Peoples Democratic Party. The APC candidate, Adebayo Adelabu, backed by the incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi, lost scandalously to his PDP’s counterpart, Seyi Makinde, with a margin of 157, 635 votes. While Makinde polled 515,621 votes, Adelabu came second with 357,982 votes.
APC, PDP trade blame over cancelled ballot in Benue State
The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State are accusing each other over the violence and alleged polls fraud, which led to the cancellation of elections in Mbalom ward, Gwer East Council. Mbalom is the settlement where suspected herdsmen killed two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners in St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpor-Mbalom, on Tuesday, April 25, 2018. Former commissioner for justice in the state and PDP supervisory agent for the state election, Alex Adum, yesterday, accused APC of sponsoring thugs that disrupted the voting process in the ward.He told The Guardian on Saturday that the security agencies deployed to the council compromised, alleging that instead of protecting electoral materials and the electorate, they watched APC thugs unleash violence on PDP members.
El-Rufai’s wife justifies husband’s choice of Muslim deputy
One of the wives of the Kaduna State governor, Hadiza el-Rufai, has defended her husband’s choice of a Muslim as his deputy, insisting that her husband was still popular among Christians despite his action. The governor’s wife, who spoke with journalists after the result of her husband’s polling unit was announced on Saturday evening, said El-Rufai had not done anything wrong. She said, “I really don’t know why you people keep harping on the issue of religion. I believe religion is a personal thing. Everybody has the right to practise the religion he or she believes in.
PDP’s guber candidate Seyi Makinde wins in Oyo
The Oyo State governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Engineer Seyi Makinde has won the March 9, governorship election. He defeated All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Chief Adebayo Adelabu in a keenly contested election. Declaring the result, the State Chief Returning Officer who is also the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe said PDP scored 515, 621 votes while APC polled 357, 982 to come a distant second.
APM alleges irregularities, rejects results in Ogun State
The Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend announcement of Saturday’s gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections results in the state.Chairman of APM Campaign Organisation, Sarafa Isola, made the call yesterday at a media briefing in Abeokuta. Isola alleged that some hoodlums and unidentified men in uniform disrupted the votes counting process at various centres and falsified the result sheets in several council areas.The affected council areas, according to Isola are, Abeokuta-South, Abeokuta-North, Odeda, Ifo, Obafemi-Owode and all council areas in the Ogun-East Senatorial district.
Ad-hoc officials’ protest, late arrivals mar elections in parts of state
Protests over unpaid remunerations by ad-hoc staffers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in some parts of Lagos on Saturday fueled voters’ apathy in places like Ejigbo, Isolo, Okota, Mile 2 and parts of Festac in Lagos State. The development, which led to late arrival of officials and election materials to polling units, ensured that an average of 20 per cent of registered voters cast their votes, despite very peaceful ambience. At the Ejigbo INEC’s Registration Area Centre (RAC), for instance, enlisted Corps members and other ad-hoc staffers downed tools and refused to head for their allotted polling units in protest against unpaid allowances for Polling Officers and their assistants.The Guardian learnt that the remuneration was for accommodation and feeding for participating in February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections a fortnight ago.
Abia moves to reactivate 57 water projects in Aba
Abia State Government has expressed disgust with the state of the multi-million naira Aba regional water scheme being executed by an Israeli Company, the JDP Construction. The commissioner for Public Utilities, Hon Chidiebere Nwoke, who disclosed this in Umuahia said, the execution of the project has lingered for years without actualization. He however hinted on government’s determination to activate the 57 water projects inherited from the old Imo state government. Nwoke stressed that the Aba project contract should be determined and dis-encumbered to pave way for the Abia State government to do the needful for water to flow there from to Aba residents.
Governor Ikpeazu wins re-election bid in Abia
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the March 9 governorship election in Abia. The INEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Benjamin Ozurumba, on Sunday said that Ikpeazu scored 261,127 votes to win the poll. He defeated Uchechukwu Ogah of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 99,574 votes. He also announced that Alex Otti, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) scored 64,366 votes. Blessing Nwagba of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) scored 2,919 votes. According to Ozurumba, 433,315 votes were valid, out of the 444, 376 votes cast,while 11,061 votes were rejected.
Closing gender gap part of CBN’s Corporate Strategy — Emefiele
The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has lauded the contributions of women at the bank, saying closing gender gap is part of the CBN’s corporate strategy. He disclosed this on Friday, March 8, 2019, in his message to commemorate the 2019 International Women’s Day. Emefiele, who noted that achieving gender equality must go beyond voicing the slogan, urged all and sundry to take deliberate steps towards closing the gender gap, something he said the apex bank had taken seriously by integrating it into its corporate strategy.
Bandits kill 17 in Zamfara, Kaduna; several injured
Suspected bandits, weekend, killed 16 people and injured 18 others at Dumama community in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, the lawmaker representing Zurmi/Shinkafi in the House of Representatives, Husseini Moroki, has confirmed. One person was also confirmed killed, while another declared missing in the volatile Kajuru district of Kaduna State. Several houses were also razed. Moroki said of the Zamfara attack: “Just yesterday (Friday) by the time election materials were being distributed, I was at Zurmi INEC office where I got a report that there is an incident of banditry attack at Dumama community.
Gunmen burn houses in Kaduna
Residents of Ungwan Barde, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State were, once again, thrown into mourning as armed men stormed the village at wee hours of yesterday, killing and burning houses. This came barely three weeks after an attack said to have left 11 persons dead at Ungwan Barde, Kufana district, and subsequent reprisals allegedly claimed 130 lives at Maro settlement, all within Kajuru l council area of the state, Of recent, there have been killings and destruction of properties among the two major communities; the Adara and Fulani.
Solskjaer unhappy with slow start as Man United stumble at Arsenal
The club’s 100 per cent away record under the former forward ended at the Emirates, leaving the manager to blame their poor start. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Manchester United were made to pay for a poor start and missed chances as they lost 2-0 to Arsenal on Sunday. United had won all nine of their away matches under Solskjaer until their trip to Emirates Stadium, where goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a potentially telling blow in the top-four battle.
Balotelli praised by Garcia after netting winner against former club Nice
Marseille boss Rudi Garcia was full of praise for Mario Balotelli after the striker’s second-half header secured a 1-0 win against his old club Nice at the Stade Velodrome. Balotelli headed home in the 61st minute to make it five goals in seven appearances for the Italy international since leaving Nice and joining Marseille in January. Garcia was quoted by L’Equipe as telling Canal Plus after the game: “When we have a scorer like (Balotelli), of this calibre, we do not need 36 chances.
Ailing president returns to Algeria as mass protests swirl
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika flew home to Algeria on Sunday after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital, state television said, returning to a country where crowds of protesters have mounted the biggest threat to his 20-year rule. A government plane transporting the ailing president arrived at Boufarik military airport near the capital, Algiers. Ennahar TV showed footage of what it said was a convoy of vehicles transporting him. Tens of thousands from all social classes have been demonstrating unrelentingly for three weeks against his decision to stand in April’s election, rejecting a stale political system dominated by veterans of an independence war against France that ended in 1962.
Jet in Ethiopian Airlines crash is same model that went down off Indonesia
The Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people aboard, is the same make and model as the plane that crashed off Indonesia last year with 189 deaths, but officials and safety experts warned against rushing to link the incidents. Officials lost contact with Flight 302, a Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner flying from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, at 8:44 a.m. (1:44 a.m. ET), authorities said.
Boeing likely to face new questions after another 737 crash
Investigators rushed to the scene of a devastating plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday, an accident that could renew safety questions about the newest version of Boeing’s popular 737 airliner. The Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after taking off from the capital of Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. The plane was new. The weather was clear. Yet something was wrong, and the pilots tried to return to the airport. They never made it.
The final iron curtain for Russia’s internet?
Russian legislators sparked hot debate this month voting by an overwhelming majority to permit a trial shutdown of Russia’s segment of the internet (runet). The ‘rehearsal’ they claim is necessary to assess national resilience for a feared scenario in which western powers move to disconnect Russia from the world wide web. The shutdown is scheduled to take place sometime before April 1st.
One reading away from shutdown
Despite Russia’s broader debate on ‘internet sovereignty’ this bill does not yet seek to sever Russia’s ties with the global community.
Slack begins testing dark mode on its iOS App
Dark mode is feature that we’re starting to see incorporated into more apps these days, and if you do a lot of communicating on your mobile device, especially late at night, dark mode can be quite an eye-saver as it makes it easier on your eyes, versus the glaring white colors that we typically see being used in apps. The good news for Slack users is that it looks like the company has started to test out its dark mode on iOS.