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** Tonye Cole, an executive director of Sahara Group, has resigned from his position to join active politics.

Cole, who co-founded the company in 1996, will be contesting for the gubernatorial seat in Rivers.

“The Board and management of The Sahara Group of Companies wish to inform the general public and other stakeholders that one of our co-founders and Executive Director, Mr Tonye Patrick Cole has formally informed the Board of his decision to participate in active politics,” the statement released on the company’s website read.

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, had earlier denied claims that Tonye Cole is his candidate for the 2019 governorship election in Rivers.


*. Nigeria, Germany, Norway, and the United Nations have converged on Berlin Monday for a “pledging conference on Boko Haram”. The Berlin Conference, holding from September 3 to 4, is jointly organised by the three countries and the UN, and is one of the 2018 largest pledging conferences for the Lake Chad region. The conference will focus on humanitarian assistance, civilian protection, crisis prevention and stabilisation for the region, as well as seek to raise funds for the humanitarian requirements totaling $1.56 billion.

*. President Buhari Sunday in Beijing said that as a beneficiary of free and fair elections, he is not afraid of a credible process in 2019. To this effect, the President reaffirmed his commitment to making sure that the 2019 polls, under his watch, will be free, fair and credible. He spoke at an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community in China. He President pledged that Nigerians eligible to vote in the next general elections will be allowed to freely elect candidates of their choice.


    Late US Sen. John McCain has been buried, just as he wished and planned before his death. He was laid to rest at a private ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The burial on Sunday climaxed the week of tributes from the two sides of political divide. McCain, who retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of captain, was buried in a plot of land next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend Adm. Chuck Larson, who died of leukemia in 2014.
    According to The Hill, mourners and the senator’s family walked behind a horse-drawn caisson carrying his casket
    U.S. President Donald Trump has replied critics who used the funerals for singer Aretha Franklin and U.S. Sen. John McCain on Saturday to criticise his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”. Trump tweeted a four-word reply, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” to get back especially at Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Republican Senator. Meghan McCain, had on Saturday, alluded to Trump’s slogan during her eulogy for her father, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on Aug. 25. “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” McCain said
    Chinese funds are not for “vanity projects” in Africa but are to build infrastructure that can remove development bottlenecks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday, telling Chinese firms they also had to respect local people and the environment. Mr Jinping said at a business forum before the start of a triennial China Africa summit their friendship was time-honoured and that China’s investment in Africa came with no political strings attached. “China does not interfere in Africa’s internal affairs and does not impose its own will on Africa.
    What appears a push to curtail the pace of reform being implemented at SSS has brought President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, head-to-head with DGl Matthew Seiyefa. Already, multiple sources said, Mr Kyari has ordered Mr Seiyefa, who was named to the position only last month following the sack of Lawal Daura, to reverse some key decisions he took and desist from implementing new measures unless otherwise directed from the presidency. It’s learnt that Mr Seiyefa called Mr Kyari’s bluff saying he would rather report to and take directives from the NSA under whose office the SSS is structurally placed.
    PDP, yesterday accused President Buhari and APC of frustrating genuine efforts by the National Assembly to deepen democracy in the country, following the refusal of the President to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law. The party said not signing the amendment bill has left Nigerians in the dark, as they do not know if the old Electoral Act or the proposed amendment version would guide the conduct of the 2019 general elections. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, repeated the allegation by the PDP that the ruling party was planning to rig the polls in 2019.
    FG has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss a suit seeking an order stopping the Senate from being reconvened without the authorisation of Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/843/18 was instituted by Saraki’s loyalists, Senators Rabiu Adebayo (Kwara South) and Isa Misau (Bauchi Central). The duo, Saraki and some other Senators recently dumped APC for PDP In his notice of preliminary objection, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), argued that the plaintiffs lacked the locus standi to file the litigation.
    The General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, Dr Daniel Olukoya, has filed a libel suit against the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore, demanding N10bn in damages. In the suit filed before the Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo, the MFM founder said he was constrained to take legal action against Sowore, his online platform, Sahara Reporters Incorporated and the Incorporated Trustees of Sahara Media Foundation for their alleged failure to desist from publishing false and malicious articles against him and his church, MFM, since 2013.
    Timipre Sylva says his problems began after the demise of ex-president Umar Musa Yar’Adua. Yar’Adua was elected in 2007 but died in May 2010. Goodluck Jonathan, his vice-president at the time, replaced him as president. The former governor, while speaking at an event — Frank Talk with Timipre Sylva — on Saturday in Abuja, said he started having problems because he was not in Jonathan’s “succession plan”. Sylva won the Bayelsa gubernatorial election in 2007, succeeding Jonathan. The APC chieftain said once he became governor, Jonathan started fighting him
    FG has set aside $1.3 billion (about N468 billion) from the National Sovereign Investment Fund to finance five critical infrastructure projects. Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Sunday when he appeared as guest on NTA programme, “Stepping Up”. The minister said the five ongoing projects to benefit from the fund included the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway construction, the second Niger bridge and the East-West road construction. The other two are the Abuja – Kano expressway construction and the Mambilla power project.
    There is a report that the number of Nigerian soldiers killed during an ambush by militants of dreaded Boko Haram group has risen to 48. AFP had on Saturday quoted two military sources as saying that scores of fighters in trucks stormed the base at Zari village in Borno state late on Thursday and briefly captured it after intense fighting. However, Premium Times reports that seventeen additional bodies of gallant Nigerian soldiers who lost their lives while preventing the Islamic sect from overrunning their base on Thursday evening have been recovered by a search and rescue team

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