* Governors push for Lawan in race for Senate President * PDP tells Osinbajo to stop lying against the party

* Governors push for Lawan in race for Senate President                          * PDP tells Osinbajo to stop lying against the party

 

1st NEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – APRIL 1, 2019

 

Governors push for Lawan in race for Senate President

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have begun the battle to smoothen Senator Ahmad Lawan’s road to the Senate presidency. Some of them last night met in Abuja on how to push “the Lawan Agenda.” He is the party’s and President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice for the job. Lawan was at the meeting, which was said to be part of steps to keep APC caucuses united ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

 

PDP tells Osinbajo to stop lying against the party

The People’s Democratic Party on Sunday said the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was economical with the truth when he said the PDP never completed any major infrastructural project in 10 years during the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Abuja. According to him, the PDP never completed any major infrastructural project before Buhari’s administration despite that Nigeria earned $383bn between 2010 and 2014. The VP had said, “At the last colloquium, I said that Nigeria’s main problem is not a lack of ideas, it is not a lack of projects and programmes, it was most of the time with experience in the past, a lack of integrity in leadership and corruption in particular. That was the reason why we were finding it difficult to make any progress and I think that was why we earned $383bn in four years, 2010 – 2014, the highest ever in the history in our country and yet Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was not done and Lagos-Kano Railway was not done. All the things that were supposed to be done were not done.

 

Delayed Appeal Court’s decisions worry Onnoghen’s lawyers

The wait for the Court of Appeal in Abuja to deliver its judgments on the appeals filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to challenge his assets declaration breaches-related charges and the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s order suspending him, has entered the second month. A three-man bench of the court, led by Justice Stephen Adah, had on February 27, 2019, heard the appeals and reserved judgments promising to communicate the date of the judgments to parties whenever they were ready. The wait, which is now a cause of worry to some associates of the embattled CJN, clocked one month on March 27.

 

Kwara youths won’t suffer under me – Abdulrazaq

Kwara State governor-elect Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has said that, on assumption of office, he would build huge infrastructures across all sectors of the economy such that it would attract investments in the state and solve problems of unemployment. Abdulrahman, who admitted that the problems of youths unemployment was awaiting his administration, also assured that he will pay optimum attention to the well-being of youths in the state. He spoke at the weekend in Ilorin, the state capital, during a youth summit.

 

Man, treks 265km to celebrate the victory of Ortom, senator-elect Jev election

Vincent Kaior has embarked on a 265km trek from Tsar Mbaduku, a border community with Cross River State, in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State, to Makurdi, the state capital, to celebrate the re-election of Governor Samuel Ortom and the victory of the senator-elect for Benue North-West, Mr. Orker Jev. Days before the general elections, Kaior, who started the trek a day ago, had promised that he would embark on the tortuous journey if the duo emerged victorious in the hard-fought election. In fulfillment of the promise, he commenced the journey, Friday morning, from his home town, Tsar Mbaduku, which is 4kms to Cross River State, at exactly 7:20am and was received at Vandeikya Local Government Secretariat by the council secretary, Mr Boniface Taave.

 

Nigeria urges developing countries to tackle illicit financial flows for economic growth

The Federal Government has urged members of the South-South Cooperation to take concrete steps to tackle illicit financial flows as a strategy to address poverty and accelerate growth among the developing nations. Director-General, Nigeria’s Directorate of Technical Aid Corps, Pius Osunyinkami, made this call in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja. Osunyinkami, was quoted as making the call at the second UN High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also called for urgent measures to tackle illicit financial flows among the member countries.

 

NGO urges Social Media users to  promote peace

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Youths for Peace and Security-Africa (YPSA) has called on users of Social Media in Kaduna to use the organ to promote peace in the state. The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that YPSA has its volunteer members cut across African countries with the aim of fostering peace and security in Africa under vision 2026. Abdullahi Bala, a Nigerian volunteer member in kaduna, told NAN that YPSA would train its volunteers in Nigeria with skills and knowledge in preventing and resolving violent conflicts effectively in their localities, using the social media. “The social media has found in a youth environment a field of expression and these tools, also used by high personalities and sometimes against common communication users, have become double-edged swords.

 

NNPC, MOMAN partner to ensure steady supply of petroleum products

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has strengthened partnership with the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) to ensure seamless supply of petroleum products across the country. A statement by the corporation’s spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu in Abuja on sunday quoted the Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru as saying this at the MOMAN’s Chief Executive Officers Strategy Retreat Dinner. He said the corporation, as the supplier of last resort, would continue to strengthen its relations with MOMAN to avoid any supply gap in the Downstream Sector. He appreciated MOMAN for being a dependable ally in the supply and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.

 

Former Lagos City Council Clerk Fashinro dies at 99

Second Republic Senator Hassan Adisa Fashinro is dead. He passed on at exactly 8.29pm yesterday after a brief illness. He was 99. Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was saddened by the death of one of the founding fathers of the state.Popularly called HAB, Pa Fashinro was the first Clerk of the Lagos City Council. He would have clocked 100 years by September. In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, the governor describe Pa Fashinro as one of the great founding fathers of Lagos, saying that he was one of the main architects of the state.

 

NPFL Week 13: 2 away wins as El-Kanemi whip Akwa United

Rivers United ended their three-game winless streak on Sunday with a 1-0 away win against Remo Stars in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Week 13 fixture in Sagamu. Justice Charles scored the important goal for the away team in the 70th minute. Rivers United, with 16 points, moved five spots away from the relegation zone to seventh on the Group A log. Remo Stars with 12 points remain rooted in the relegation zone in 11th place. Nasarawa United also secured an away win, edging out Abia Warriors 1-0 in Umuahia.

 

Ighalo scores as Shanghai Shenhua secure first win of season

Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo was on target for Shanghai Shenhua as the visitors recorded their first win in the Chinese Super League with a 2-1 win against hosts Henan Jianye. The game played at the Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium saw Ighalo open scoring for the visitors in the 52nd minute after he was set up by Wang Lei. Feng Zhuoyi equalised for the home team in the 83rd minute, while Giovanni Moreno scored the winning goal for Shanghai Shenhua two minutes from time. Ighalo who received a yellow card in the 25th minute of the encounter has scored two goals in three league appearances for the club this season.

 

Inter coach says club humiliated by forward Icardi

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says the club has been humiliated by striker Mauro Icardi as he explains why he left the Argentine out of the team for Sunday’s Serie A match at home to Lazio. Icardi was stripped of the captaincy in February after being embroiled in protracted negotiations over the renewal of his contract and the 26-year-old then said he could not play because of a knee problem. Icardi, Inter’s leading scorer in each of the last four seasons, returned to training this week after a meeting between his lawyer, Paolo Nicoletti and the club. He was expected to face Lazio but was surprisingly left out by Spalletti.

 

Federer downs injured Isner for 101st career title

Roger Federer defeated a hobbling John Isner 6-1 6-4 for his 101th career title at the Miami Open on Sunday. Holder Isner struggled to continue late in the second set, hampered by pain in his left foot. Federer, who won his fourth Miami title, broke Isner three times in a blazing opening set. But the American fought back in the second, leveling the set 3-3 and 4-4 before the pain made it difficult to continue. Federer took the final two games for the victory. “What a week it’s been for me,” said the Swiss. “I’m just so happy right now. It’s unbelievable. I played here in 1999 for the first time and here I am in 2019. It means a lot to me.”

 

One of Russia’s richest women killed in German plane crash

One of Russia’s richest women has died in a plane crash in south-western Germany along with two other people. Natalia Fileva, a co-owner of private Russian airline S7, also known as Siberia Airlines, was confirmed as one of the victims of Sunday’s crash in statement issued by her company. A police car racing to the scene of the crash collided with an other vehicle, killing the two people inside and seriously injuring three police officers, the DPA news agency reported. The air crash involved a six-seater aircraft travelling from France to the town of Egelsbach south of Frankfurt. The plane went down in a field at around 1330 GMT, police said. The Epic-Lt, a single-engined jet designed for private flights, disappeared from radars at 1322 GMT, according to data from a flight tracker Flighradar24.

 

Saudi Arabia ‘hacked Amazon boss’s phone’, says investigator

An investigator for Amazon boss Jeff Bezos says that Saudi Arabia hacked Mr Bezos’s phone and accessed his data. Gavin de Becker was hired by Mr Bezos to find out how his private messages had been leaked to the National Enquirer tabloid. Mr de Becker linked the hack to the Washington Post’s coverage of the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has not yet commented on the allegation. Mr Bezos owns the Washington Post. Mr de Becker said he had handed his findings over to US federal officials.

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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