SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 24, 2019
INEC inaugurates 7-member legal team Monday
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Monday inaugurate a seven-member legal team to handle all presidential election cases on behalf of the commission. INEC had on February 27 declared President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the 2019 presidential election after he got a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who scored 11,262,978 votes. The former vice president rejected the results, citing irregularities, and subsequently revealed his decision to approach the tribunal to reclaim his mandate.
PDP leads Imo Assembly with 13 seats
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won four out of the five Local Government Areas where supplementary elections held in Imo State on Saturday, bringing to a total of 13 Assembly seats won by the party. The Action Alliance (AA) clinched the remaining LGA to win a total of eight Assembly seats, while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won a total of six Assembly seats. Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) did not win in any of the 27 Council Areas. The supplementary election held in Ngor-Okpala, Ikeduru, Oguta, Isu and Orlu LGAs. The election was characterised by heavy voter apathy and violence with the outcome of the result, the PDP now has the majority seat in the incoming House of Assembly.
Samuel Ortom wins Benue’s supplementary election
The incumbent Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom has won a second term in office after winning the supplementary election conducted on Saturday, March 23. According to the Benue State governorship supplementary election results from some Polling Units in 22 Local Government Areas of the state, Ortom on Sunday is leading with 7,774.votes. Recall that Vanguard had reported on March 9 that the election was declared inconclusive as a result of the cancellation of results from more than ten local government areas in the state, when Prof Sabastine Maimako, said the “margin of lead is below that of cancelled votes”,
Tambuwal wins re-election as Sokoto State Governor
The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has been re-elected for a second term. Mr Tambuwal defeated the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Ahmad Aliyu, to emerge the winner in a hotly contested exercise, The margin of victory was only 342 votes, according to the electoral commission, INEC. The INEC Returning Officer, Fatima Mukhtar, formally declared Mr Tambuwal winner on Sunday afternoon. She said he scored the highest number of votes after the summation of results from both the March 9 first ballot and Saturday’s supplementary election in Sokoto State.
Lalong declared winner in Plateau
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared incumbent governor of Plateau State and Candidate of the All Progressive Congress APC Barrister Simon Lalong winner of the 2019 Governorship election. The total results was declared at exactly 4am on Sunday at the end of the collation of results which lasted between 9pm on Saturday night through the early hours of Sunday. The governor was declared the winner by the Returning Officer, Prof Richard Anande Kimbir, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue state. Lalong emerged winner in the March 9th election and also emerged winner in the May 23rd supplementary election.
Bauchi rerun: PDP’s Bala defeats APC’s Abubakar
The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed has won the supplementary governorship election held on Saturday in parts of the state. The rerun elections were held in 36 polling units in 29 wards across 15 local government areas of Bauchi State. The results from the 15 LGAs declared by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, showed that PDP’s Senator Bala Mohammed polled 6, 376 votes while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent Governor Mohammed Abubakar got 5, 117 votes. According to the results, Bala led Abubakar with a difference 1, 259 votes to emerge the winner of the supplementary elections.
Why Buhari didn’t campaign for APC Gov candidates after winning re-election —Aide
The Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has stated the reasons the President refused to visit some states to campaign for governorship candidates of his party, All Progressives Congress, after he had won the presidential election of February 23, 2019. The governorship election had held on March 9, about nine days after Buhari had received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission confirming his re-election. According to Ahmad, Buhari actually made the move to visit some states to campaign for candidates of his party, but he shelved the idea at the last minute, insisting that Nigerians should be allowed to vote whoever they wanted without his (Buhari’s) influence.
Senate Presidency Lawan’s men regroup, begin consultation
Ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly members, a group working hard to ensure that the present Senate Leader and senator-elect for Yobe North, Ahmed Lawan, becomes the president of the upper house and chairman of the National Assembly has emerged. The cluster group, which has members cut across various political parties, has begun consultations amongst the senators-elect, party officials and other stakeholders. The group, which had mapped out plans on how it would relate with the executive and the judiciary arms of government if it emerged winner, disclosed that even though it believed in party supremacy, the APC, which has majority among the senators-elect, would not allow what happened in 2015 to happen again.
Lai Mohammed, emir, others attend fidau of Kwara monarch
Kwara state Deputy Governor Peter Kisira, Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed and Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and others top dignitaries on Sunday attended the fidau prayer for the repose of the soul of the late Etsu Patigi, Ibrahim Chatta Umar. Etsu Umar died last Tuesday in Abuja and was buried the following day( Wednesday) at Patigi in Patigi local government area of the state. Speaking at the event, Elder Kisira charged Nigerians to contribute their quota to the development of their community which will in turn lead to the progress and advancement of the country.
Falana writes Buhari, says allocating oil blocks to IOCs, individuals violates constitution
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, has said that the practice of allocating crude oil blocks to individuals and International Oil Companies (IOCs) by the federal government is against the constitution of Nigeria, and should be stopped. Falana, in this regards asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to henceforth allocate oil blocks only to the federal and state governments, saying that those who got oil blocks often received more money from the blocks than Nigeria did. In a letter he wrote to Buhari, and which THISDAY in Abuja sighted, Falana said the practice violated Section 16(2) (c) of the nation’s Constitution which he stated provides that, “the economic system is not operated in such a manner as to permit the concentration of wealth or the means of production and exchange in the hands of few individuals or of a group.”
Ramos helps Spain edge Norway
Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 on Saturday in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over Finland. Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but got their Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset. The 2010 World Cup winners have been unpredictable of late, having been dumped out by Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup and then missing out on the Nations League finals after a home loss to England. “The team responded well to their equaliser. You always have the dream and aim of achieving something important,” Ramos told Spanish television channel TVE.
Eden Hazard has played down speculation of a move to Real Madrid this summer
Eden Hazard has played down speculation that he already has a deal in place to sign for Real Madrid this summer. The La Liga giants have been long-time admirers of the Chelsea star and hope to finally strike a deal to bring him to the Bernabeu at the end of this season. Hazard will enter the final year of his contract in London in June and reports suggest Real are set to launch another bid in the coming weeks. Currently on international duty with Belgium, Hazard denied that there is an agreement in place with Real and insisted he is not focused on his future at present. ‘There’s nothing in the reports,’ he said in a pre-match press conference. ‘I’m only focused on [Sunday’s] game against Cyprus. That’s all I’m thinking about.’
Hackers crack Tesla model 3 security, wins electric sedan as reward
Two security researchers won the Pwn2Own competition for hacking the Tesla Model 3. As promised, hacking the vehicle would give the winners the opportunity to take home a Tesla Model 3 sedan. Here’s what we know about this. According to TechCrunch, Team Flouroacetate white hat hackers’ Amat Cam and Richard Zhu were able to hack the Tesla Model 3. The two created a “Just In Time” (JIT) bug to the car’s renderer to show the message of their successful hack. This JIT bug goes through the memory randomization data of the vehicle and allows the hacker to access its files beyond its security. After this successful infiltration, the team received a cash prize and a Tesla Model 3 sedan.
‘Cabinet coup’ more Frank Spencer than Frank Underwood – but does hasten PM’s downfall
So is this latest wave of skulduggery any more serious? Like everything in politics right now, it’s more complicated than that. There can be no doubt that some cabinet ministers want Mrs May out and a caretaker prime minister to replace her. A near uniform series of Sunday front pages doesn’t happen by accident or invention. That fact is this is different to the failed coup staged by Brexiteers last autumn. A minority of cabinet ministers telling a prime minister to go is more serious than a minority of MPs.
Ethiopian Airlines defends its Boeing planes after deadly crash
The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines has rejected media reports that optional equipment for Boeing 737 MAX planes was critical for safety aboard a flight that crashed this month. The crash of flight 302 and a similar one involving Indonesia’s Lion Air in October, both flying the new 737 MAX 8, have cost 346 lives and sparked the biggest crisis in decades for Boeing. Grieving families, nervous travellers and airlines around the world are looking for answers while Boeing prepares updates aimed at getting the 737 MAX, with sales worth $500 billion at stake, back in the air. In a sign of the impact on Boeing’s business, Indonesia’s Garuda is pushing to dump a $6 billion order for the grounded planes.
One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives arrested in Romania
Shane O’Brien, one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, has been arrested in Romania after years on the run. The 31-year-old is suspected of murdering Josh Hanson, who was stabbed to death aged 21 in a bar in Hillingdon, west London, in 2015. He is believed to have fled the scene and left the UK on a private jet following the attack. A red alert was issued by Interpol and a £50,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.