SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Saraki denies trending audio, says it was doctored
Senate President Bukola Saraki has denied the trending audio recording of him speaking about why he left the All Progressives Congress. Saraki through his Olu Onemola said the ‘audio recording being circulated online by known anti-Saraki henchmen is a doctored recording.’ Olu Onemola on his Twitter handle said “For the record: we always restrain from responding to inconsequential issues that we can otherwise ignore. However, in order to put this issue to rest so that we can move on to real issues, these are the facts,” he tweeted, “The audio recording that is being circulated online by known anti-Saraki henchmen is a doctored recording. It was probably part of the mix of manipulations that APC decided to employ for today’s election in four LGAs in Kwara south.
Risky to return power to PDP, Buhari should continue – Presidency
President Muhammadu Buhari should be allowed to complete the good work he started and would be “too risky and dangerous” for power to return to the People’s Democratic Power (PDP) in 2019. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said at an event organised by Buhari Media Organisation in commencement of campaigns for the Feb. 16, 2019 Presidential Election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Jan. 9 released the timetable and schedules of activities for the 2019 general elections. According to him, the PDP has not shown remorse for what they had done and had not admitted their mistakes and has not taken steps to address those mistakes.
Buhari promises women 35% appointments, shuns restructuring
The President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation has promised 35 per cent participation of women in the Federal Government if re-elected, while ignoring the growing demands for restructuring. The organisation, as part of events to officially launch the President’s 2019 campaign tagged ‘Next Level’, on Sunday, listed its promises in a chart titled ‘Next Level road map’ via a Twitter handle, @TheNextLevelNG. The document grouped the promises into 12 sections, including Jobs, Infrastructure, Broadband, Technology, Power, People Moni Bank, The Entrepreneur Bank, Policy, Education, Health, Security and Anti-corruption, and Inclusion in Government.
Tambuwal now PDP Sokoto governorship candidate
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says incumbent Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, is the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections. Tambuwal finished second behind Atiku Abubakar, who emerged the party presidential candidate at its Convention held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State on Oct. 6. Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, who confirmed the substitution said Tambuwal now replaces the name of Manir Dan’Iya, earlier submitted as the party flag bearer.
PDP’s chances of winning Presidential Election high — Sen. Bwacha
Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba South), has expressed optimism that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would win the forthcoming 2019 Presidential election. Bwacha, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, said PDP had 70 per cent chances of winning elections in most part of the country. “The PDP has a greater chance of winning the Presidential Election in 2019 if it is a free and fair election. “The matter is beyond President Muhammadu Buhari as an individual because the electorate will vote people on the basis of who they are and their performance in office,’’ Bwacha said.
2019: Why Nigerians, Lagosians should vote for Atiku, Agbaje-Group
A group, under the auspices of Friends of Waziri Adamawa, FOWA, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos, has urged Nigerians and residents to use their electoral power to vote for for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the PDP, as President and Governor of Lagos State, respectively, in the 2019 general elections. The group maintained that the duo remained the only credible persons that could lead the people out of the present economic hardship in the country, which it described as, “bondage.”
IGP, other Police officers storm Dubai
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, Sunday led delegations of senior Police officers to Dubai. In statement disclosed by the forces public relations officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, the officers are to attend the 87th INTERPOL General Assembly to synergise with other Police Chiefs across the world and improve the capacity of the Force. The 87th INTERPOL General Assembly 2018 was declared opened today, Sunday 18th November, 2018 in Dubai, UAE, by His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
Technology, solution to tackling crime in Africa- CP Edgal
Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, has called on governments and security bosses in African countries to desist from the traditional ways of tackling crime, stating rather, that the solution to tackling crimes and criminalities relied largely on the use of modern technology. This is just as Edgal has added two feathers to his cap, as he was honored with two categories of award: The Golden Star Award for Urban Crime Control and the Most Outstanding Urban Crime Control Command in West and Central Africa, at the 15th Security Watch Africa, Awards, Conference and Exhibition, in Banjul, The Gambia, Thursday.
Musa wants CAF to examine disallowed goals *Ref admits mistake
Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa bemused by two disallowed goals in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa in Johannesburg, has called on the Confederation of Africa Football examine the goals. South Africa came from behind to hold Nigeria to 1-1 draw, a result which earned the Super Eagles the right to return to the AFCON tournament after missing the 2015 and 2017 editions. But Musa felt that the Super Eagles deserve to win the game.
FIFA approves Stephen Keshi Stadium for international matches
Amaju Pinnick, the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday said world football body FIFA deserves commendation for approving the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba for international football matches. Pinnick said this at the Asaba International Airport, where Delta’s Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa received the Super Eagles on arrival from their 2019 AFCON Qualifier in Johannesburg against South Africa. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Super Eagles on Saturday drew 1-1 with the Bafana Bafana to qualify from Group E of the qualifiers for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon.
Why the UEFA Nations League has already accomplished its main mission
The international break is a unique time for football fans throughout the globe, one where complaint normally takes centre-stage. Meaningless friendlies do not receive much overall attention, and the UEFA Nations League wanted to put an end to that mindset. Only half-way through its first season, it has already succeeded. This past weekend saw Portugal and England qualify for the final four of the tournament, with the Three Lions earning a thrilling 2-1 result on Sunday versus Croatia. It was a match that could’ve been scheduled at any point during FIFA windows, the type of exhibition game that would’ve been perfect following their semi-final encounter at the World Cup.
ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev downs Novak Djokovic to earn tennis glory
The 21-year-old Alexander Zverev has wrapped up another amazing season with the biggest title of his career so far, upending world number 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 20 minutes to become the youngest champion at this event since Novak in 2008! Zverev made his debut in London last year and he managed to go all the way in only his second appearance, losing one match against Novak in the round robin stage but clinching other four wins to lift the trophy and earn his 10th ATP crown at such a young age. Novak has been the dominant force at the O2 Arena this week but he stood no chance against Alexander today, never finding his rhythm and getting broken three times (he faced only two break points before the final) to suffer only his sixth loss in the last 53 matches after Madrid.
Donald Trump ridiculed for telling Californians to copy Finland and rake forests to prevent wildfires
Donald Trump’s weekend visit to fire-ravaged California has prompted a withering barrage of ridicule and anger after he suggested the state should copy Finland in raking forest floors to prevent a repeat of wildfires that have killed at least 76 people. He claimed he had received the tip from the president of Finland, who promptly said he could not remember offering such advice. “You gotta take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forest, very important,” said Mr Trump during his trip. “I was with the president of Finland and he called it a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don’t have any problem.”
Florida’s tight elections come at a crucial time for climate change action in the US: ‘This is catastrophic’
In Miami-Dade County these days, hurricane-force winds and evacuation orders are no longer what must accompany streets flooding and roads turning into lakes. Along Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Florida, and elsewhere on the barrier island, residents have already been forced to reckon with the impacts of climate change: plastic liners and sandbags are in place to keep garages and homes dry, while the city is raising roads and installing expensive pumps as a part of a $400m (£311m) plan to try to offset rising sea levels that now frequently spill over even when the sun is out.
Macron Says France, Germany Must Advance On European Reforms, Unity
During a visit to Berlin, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for Germany and France to dig deeper as allies in the face of multiple challenges for Europe. Macron has long called for a more integrated eurozone and urged pro-EU forces to take policy steps to fend off anti-immigrant, nationalist parties on the rise in the bloc. In an address to the lower house of parliament in Berlin, Macron said the onus was on France and Germany to pursue those efforts. “We will have to share, pool together our decision-making, our policies on foreign affairs, migration and development, an increasing part of our budgets and even fiscal resources, build a common defense strategy,” Macron told the Bundestag.
Trump vows to visit US troops in war zones
President Donald Trump said that he plans to visit US troops in war zones, a remark that comes after he received widespread criticism for not visiting an American burial ground outside Paris, France, earlier this month and Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day. “Well, I think you will see that happen. There are things that are being planned,” Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace when asked in an interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday” why he has not gone to war zones to see US troops and missed the cemetery visits. “We don’t want to talk about it because of — obviously because of security reasons and everything else.”
Trump says he will not intervene if ‘politically astute’ Whitaker moves to limit Mueller’s Russia investigation
Donald Trump has said that he will not interfere if acting attorney general Matthew Whittaker seeks to limit special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The president appointed Mr Whittaker earlier this month, having forced out then-attorney general Jeff Sessions after criticising Mr Sessions for months about his decision to recuse himself from overseeing the probe. The federal investigation is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, whether there was any collusion between Moscow and Trump campaign officials and if Mr Trump has sought to unlawfully obstruct the inquiry.