* Live Updates: Anambra election (Punch) * Election: Anambra witnesses water-tight security (Guardian)

* Live Updates: Anambra election (Punch)         *  Election: Anambra witnesses water-tight security (Guardian)



Live Updates: Anambra election (Punch)

Obi dumped APGA for PDP shortly after he left office in 2014.

The result is as follows: PDP 145 APGA 40 APC 1

The Catholic Bishop of Awka diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for making what he called “significant improvement” in the electoral process The Bishop stated this after casting his votes at Nodu village hall ward nine, Okpuno, Awka South Local Government Area of the state, where he cast his vote. He expressed satisfaction the way the electorate comported themselves in the election. Read more

Election: Anambra witnesses water-tight security (Guardian)

The people of Anambra voted amid tight security in the Saturday governorship election. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 36 political parties and candidates are participating in the election being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). NAN correspondents who visited the 4,608 polling units in the 21 council areas report that heavily armed security operatives were seen in all the units and council areas visited. Read more

Politics not about life and death – Obasanjo (Nation)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Saturday that politics should not be treated as a matter of life and death. Speaking at the public presentation of a book titled: Stepping Forward with Uti J.D. Agba, written by Goddy Jedy Agba and Mathias Okoi-Uyouyo in Calabar, Cross River State, Obasanjo, who was the special guest of honour at the event, said politicians who failed to win elections can help winners to succeed. The former President said: “If you cannot be the chief servant you can be the assistant chief servant. This is because the chief servant cannot do it on his own. He has to work with others.” Read more

Anambra election: APGA leads in Aniocha as INEC starts counting (Vanguard)

Anambra election – The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, is presenting leading in some polling units of Aniocha local Government Area in the on-going Anambra state governorship election. In the votes already counted at Uzuanunu polling unit in Aguluzoigbo‎ ward, APGA scored 68, APC 8, PDP 1 and NCP 1. Reacting to the preliminary report‎, former National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh said he expects the votes margin to be wider in the rest polling units. Read more

#AnambraDecides2017: Yul Edochie denies stepping down (PremiumTimes)

Nollywood actor and Democratic People’s Congress, DPC, governorship candidate for the Anambra election, Yul Edochie, has denied endorsing Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor of the state. Mr. Edochie said on Twitter he was still in the race after reports surfaced Saturday afternoon claiming he had stepped down for Mr. Obiano. Mr. Edochie said a video appearing to show him backing Mr. Obiano was shot two years ago. He threatened legal action if the footage was not removed. Read more

Anambra election: Policemen threaten to shoot PUNCH reporter (Punch)

Some policemen on election duty at Otollo Ward 1, Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State threatened to shoot The Punch correspondent for taking photographs during the governorship election on Saturday. At gunpoint, the irate policemen ordered our correspondent, Ihuoma Chiedozie, to delete pictures from his phone. Read more

Treat money laundering, others with zero tolerance, Osinbajo advises W/Africa (Vanguard)

The Federal Government on Saturday called on countries in the West African sub-region to treat money laundering and other illicit financial crimes with zero tolerance. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the call at the opening of the 18th Ministerial Committee Meeting of the Intergovernmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa in Abuja. Osinbajo said that governments in the sub-region had “for long affirmed our commitment to fighting money laundering and terrorist financing”. The vice president reiterated that criminal syndicates had utilised technologies to bypass “conventional financial systems checkpoints and safeguards”, making them “ahead of government and the law”. Read more

Police distribute 2,500 leaflets on security tips, distress call numbers in Enugu (Guardian)

The Enugu State Police Command, on Saturday, distributed over 2,500 leaflets with security tips, distress call numbers and social media addresses in Enugu. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the command’s four distress call numbers are: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 and 08098880172. Its social media platforms include: nigeriapoliceenugustatecommand for Face-book; @PoliceNG_enugu for Twitter handle and [email protected], [email protected] for Email. Read more

Suicide Attacks: 5 killed, 4 injured in Maiduguri (ThisDay)

Five persons were killed and four others injured on Saturday morning as suicide bombers made unsuccessful attacks on troubled Maiduguri, Borno State capital. The residents of the troubled town, the birthplace of Boko Haram, were already in panic as there has been a surge in suicide attacks, traced to the terrorist group, in recent times. During the week in suicide attacks by four persons on an outskirts of the town, 18 persons were killed on the spot while 29 others sustained injuries. Read more

Anambra election: I accepted money, slippers, but still voted my candidate (Punch)

A voter in the ongoing Anambra governorship election has said he voted for the candidate of his choice despite attempts by some party agents to persuade him otherwise. The voter, identified simply as  Onyemaechi, voted in Njikoka Local Government Area. He told The Punch that he was approached with promises of N1,000 and a pair of slippers if he voted for the agent’s governorship candidate. Read more

Agege LG Chair mobilises support for Moses for 2017 BBC footballer award (Vanguard)

Agege Local Government Council Chairman of Lagos State, Abdulganiyu Egunjobi, on Saturday canvassed support for Super Eagles’ winger, Victor Moses, who was shortlisted for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017 award. Egunjobi, called for the support for Moses after receiving an award from the organiser of Asisat Oshoala Foundation and Lagos State Secondary School Girls Football Clinic for his contribution to the clinic at Agege Stadium. Read more

Controversial goals earn Arsenal 2-0 victory against Tottenham (Punch)

Controversial goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal their first Premier League success against Tottenham for over three years as the Gunners won 2-0 in a heated north London derby on Saturday. Arsene Wenger’s side ended a six-match winless run against their hated rivals thanks to a pair of fiercely debated first-half goals at the Emirates Stadium. Tottenham were furious that referee Mike Dean awarded a free-kick for Davinson Sanchez’s challenge on Alexis Sanchez and their indignation grew louder when, from the resulting set-piece, Mustafi headed Arsenal’s opener from what the visitors claimed was an offside position. Read more

Kane, Lloris fit for Tottenham’s showdown with Arsenal (Punch)

Tottenham stars Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris were fit to feature in the starting line-up for Saturday’s north London derby against Arsenal. Kane and Alli missed England’s recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil with knee and hamstring injuries respectively, while France goalkeeper Lloris was sidelined by a groin problem during the international break. But Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was able to select all three at the Emirates Stadium. Read more

Mugabe: Liberation hero turned despot  (Punch)

Zimbabwe’s veteran leader Robert Mugabe once quipped that he’d rule his country until he turned 100. But the 93-year-old’s decades-long grip on power appears to be slipping with the streets filled with protesters calling for his removal and top party leaders abandoning him in droves. First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony Rhodesia of white minority rule, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was soon cast in the role of a despot who crushed political dissent and ruined the national economy. Read more

Hundreds volunteer for Gaia Pope search in Dorset (Guardian)

Hundreds of volunteers have joined the search for the missing teenager Gaia Pope in Dorset.The 19-year-old has not been seen for 11 days and clothes belonging to the teenager were found on open  land near cliffs south of the Dorset town on Thursday. Her father, Richard Sutherland, thanked those who came to search areas around Swanage on Saturday. Read more

Foreign ministers to meet Arab League chief ahead of urgent session (Memo)

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will meet Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Cairo on Sunday prior to an urgent session of the organisation, Egypt’s MENA state news agency said on Saturday. The agency did not specify the precise reason for the meeting. Saudi Arabia this week called for an urgent gathering of Arab foreign ministers to discuss Iranian actions in the region. Read more

Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; 4 injured (Reuters)

Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between “extremists” from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites. Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority. Read more

Rohingya refugees face threat of mudslides and disease, Disasters Emergency Committee warns (Skynews)

Rohingya refugees are facing the threat of disease, malnutrition and mudslides, the Disasters Emergency Committee has warned. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since a violent military crackdown was launched in August, in what the UN has described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Nicola Peckett, head of communications at the DEC, which co-ordinates UK aid charities, said a “massive effort” was needed to prevent the spread of disease in the refugee camps in Bangladesh. Read more

Azzedine Alaïa: Popular Tunisian couturier dies aged 77 (BBC)

The celebrated Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa has died at the age of 77, French media report. Alaïa, whose close-fitting designs awarded him the nickname “king of cling”, gained notoriety for his work in the 1980s. He became popular among celebrities including the British model Naomi Campbell and US singer Lady Gaga, with clients ranging from Greta Garbo to Michelle Obama. Alaïa was known for his uncompromising attitude to exhibit his designs to his own schedule and was uninterested in the publicity of fashion weeks. Read more


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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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