* US Confident INEC Will Conduct Credible Election in 2019 * FG spends N3.5m monthly to feed el-Zakzaky in detention –Lai Mohammed

* US Confident INEC Will Conduct Credible Election in 2019              * FG spends N3.5m monthly to feed el-Zakzaky in detention –Lai Mohammed



US Confident INEC Will Conduct Credible Election in 2019

The United States of America has expressed confidence that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is capable of conducting a free, fair and credible election in 2019, going by the success of the previous election and the current efforts of the commission under the leadership of Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu. The visiting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor Nagy, who stated this Thursday while hosting the INEC Chairman Yakubu at the residence of the US Ambassador in Abuja, noted that though the task before the commission is a very difficult one but with the support of all, the commission would do very well.

FG spends N3.5m monthly to feed el-Zakzaky in detention –Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government claims it spends N3.5m monthly to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai M0hammed, made the claim in a video that went viral on the internet on Thursday. If the claim is correct, the government may have spent over N120m to feed the Islamic cleric since he was arrested and detained in December 2015 after his followers were engaged in a bloody clash with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna State.

 Oshiomhole’s tango with DSS: He is a citizen, not above the law – Senators

Some Senators have described the interrogation of the National Chairman of the ruling, All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole by men of the Department of State Services, DSS as being in order against the backdrop that he remains a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not above the law. Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo South said, ” Speaking frankly, I do not know the issues that are involved and I cannot even ascertain the authenticity of the story. If it is true and anything has to be considered, no one is above the law, Oshiomhole is a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he is not above the law. The law should be allowed to take its place and justice must be the order of the day. ”

2019 Election: We Have No Preferred Presidential Candidate, Says US

The United States on Thursday said it had no preferred candidate in next year’s presidential election, maintaining that Nigerians have absolute right to choose their leaders. US also expressed confidence that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was capable of conducting a free, fair and credible election in 2019, going by the success of the previous election and the current efforts of the commission under the leadership of Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.

 2019: PDP chieftain urges Urhobo to back Omo-Agege

A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, Mr. Peter Okorodudu, has called on the Urhobo nation to work towards the re-election of the incumbent senator representing Delta Central at the National Assembly and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, in the 2019 general election. In a statement yesterday, Okorodudu said Omo-Agege was deserving of re-election, noting that the senator had given Delta Central the strong voice which he said had eluded the Urhobo nation at the National Assembly since 1999.

2019: Only God can stop my re-election, says Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has said only God can stop him from being re-elected in 2019. The governor, who spoke at a town hall meeting with Akwa Ibom State indigenes in Abuja and the 19 northern states, used the occasion to showcase his achievements since he came on board over three years ago. He said he needed to reiterate that power belongs to God, following insinuations by some people that the state would witness war during the 2019 elections.

 VON DG Calls for Oshiomhole’s Resignation

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has asked the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to resign honourably to save the party from further embarrassment. The APC national chairman was reportedly interrogated by the security agencies early this week before he traveled out of the country. Speaking against the background of allegations of corruption arising from the recent primaries of the party, Okechukwu said Oshiomhole’s exit will save the ruling party from the serious moral burden his reported interrogation by the Department of State Security Services had imposed on it.

Lagos-Ibadan rail can run on electric in future

The ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project can be converted to electric train in future, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), has assured Nigerians. Mr Jerry Oche, the Railway District Manager of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that the Federal Government was serious on delivering the project on time as “work is going on as we speak’’.

Buhari declares state of emergency on water supply, sanitation

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday declared a state of emergency on the country’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector. Buhari said the step is to curb the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country, which has caused preventable deaths. While inaugurating the National Action Plan for Revitalization of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector at State House Conference Centre, Buhari also directed government at all levels to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the nation’s water supply and sanitation need

 We will miss Ighalo — Eagles spokesman

Super Eagles Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye has provided three reasons why the Super Eagles will definitely miss Changchun Yatai frontman Odion Ighalo on November 17 when they take on South Africa. ‘’It is a big miss, somebody who has scored six goals in his last three games, an average of two per game will surely be a big miss,’’ Ibitoye said to Channels Television. ‘’He has overcome the lack of confidence that he had at the World Cup, now he is firing on all cylinders. He’s scoring a lot of goals for his club, he is in the mood, so we are going to miss him.

 Onyekuru replaces injured Ighalo

Everton loanee Henry Onyekuru has been handed a late international call-up for the Super Eagles’ crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa next week. AFCON leading marksman Odion Ighalo suffered a season-ending injury in Changchun Yatai’s 2-2 draw with Tianjin Quanjian on Wednesday evening. The former Watford star underwent a scan on Thursday morning which determined that he will spend 4-5 weeks on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury which led to his substitution after 17 minutes in Wednesday’s Super League clash.

‘Manchester United did nothing to deserve victory’ – Ronaldo

Two late goals saw Jose Mourinho’s side come from behind to inflict Juventus’ first defeat of the season on Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldo claims former side Manchester United “did nothing to deserve” their shock 2-1 win over Juventus in Turin on Wednesday. A stunning volley from Ronaldo looked to have won a key Champions League clash for the Bianconeri, only for Juan Mata’s free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal to gift United all three points late on.

 USA Becomes World’s Biggest Crude Oil Producer

The United States is now the world’s biggest crude oil producer, pushing Russia and Saudi Arabia to the back seat. In the week ending November, the U.S. crude production hit a whopping 11.6 million bpd, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data released on Wednesday. That’s a threefold increase from the U.S. low reached a decade ago, and a 22.2 percent rise just this year. It makes the United States the world’s biggest producer of crude. Russia pumps an average of 10.8million bpd and Saudi Arabia, about 10.5million bpd. More U.S. oil will likely come. The EIA expects output to break through 12 million bpd by mid-2019, largely thanks to a surge in shale oil production.




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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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