WHY I DECLARED MY INTENTION TO RUN EARLY– PRESIDENT BUHARI

** Today, President Buhari explained that he declared his intention to contest the 2019 Presidential election early in order to douse rising speculations in the country. He also said the decision was to give APC enough time to prepare for the polls.  

The president offered this explanation when he received members of the Buhari Support Group Centre (BSGC) at the State House, Abuja. According to him, speculations are already constituting distraction to governance and stirring unnecessary tension in the country.     

The president said early declaration guaranteed more participation within the party and further strengthened the bond with supporters and Nigerians.

TRENDING

*. Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of APC, has accused ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo of seeking another term through the backdoor. Speaking with state house correspondents on Friday, Oshiomhole described Obasanjo as organising secretary going about to “recruit tired politicians to continue his term”. He dismissed reports that the ruling party is being hit my massive defections, saying it is the PDP that is suffering mass defection.

*. With 50,451 votes in 12 local government areas, Adegboyega Oyetola, chief of staff of Rauf Aregbesola, incumbent governor of Osun state, is inching close to securing the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 22 governorship poll. The results of the exercise are being collated at the party’s secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital. Oyetola is leading Najeem Salam, speaker of the Osun state house of assembly, who is his closest rival with a margin of 37,587.

NEWS FLASH

1. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Samuel Undenge, a former Energy Minister who served under Zimbabwe’s ex President Robert Mugabe was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to four years in jail today. His lawyer said that this is the first conviction of a Mugabe-era official since he stepped down. Mugabe resigned in November after 37 years in power following a military coup. Undenge, was accused of issuing a12, 650 dollar’s contract without due tender to a company that did not work. His lawyer Alex Muchadehama told Reuters that he would appeal the court’s decision

2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Some South African police officers in the coming weeks will be arraigned for allegedly killing a 25-year-old Nigerian, Ibrahim Olalekan-Badmus, in 2017. The Nigerian Mission in South Africa in an interview today said that the officers were implicated in the killing. The Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Godwin Adama, said through a telephone from Johannesburg that the South African authority had confirmed that investigation into the murder case was almost concluded. “Badmus, a native of Lagos was brutally murdered by the South African Police on Oct. 10, 2017 

3. FORMER PRESIDENT:
Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who served under his administration, on her appointment into the board of Twitter. The former Nigerian minister was announced on Thursday as one of the independent directors on Twitter’s board. Okonjo-Iweala will be replacing Marjorie Scardino, the former Chief Executive of Pearson. Reacting to the appointment, Jonathan said his former minister deserves the appointment. In a Facebook post, the former president said Okonjo-Iweala managed the finances of Nigeria very well as minister.

4. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
The federation accounts allocation committee (FAAC) has disbursed N668.8 billion between the three tiers of government as revenue generated in May despite disputes between the committee members and NNPC. Hassan Dodo, director of information at the federal ministry of finance, said the disbursement did not signify an end to the dispute. Governors had accused the NNPC of under-remitting revenues. The federal government received N282.22 billion; state governments, N181.16 billion; and local government councils, N136.49 billion.

5. POLITICS:
Atiku Abubakar will formally open his presidential campaign on Saturday, following “several months of consultations with critical stakeholders in Nigeria and members of PDP,” his office said in a statement. Atiku will stand before a crowd in Yola, the capital of his home state of Adamawa, around noon Saturday, hoping to tap into the anger of some citizens towards the current administration to rally for a broader support for his long-time ambition. A Friday evening statement from his media office said he would also unveil a policy document soon after the declaration.

6. GOVERNANCE:
A former Chairman of the INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, has said that Nigerian politicians are more interested in winning elections than in governance. He said such an attitude was not good for the country and its people. Jega spoke in Abuja on Thursday in a lecture titled, ‘Democracy and the Challenges of Nation Building in Africa,’ . Rather than settling down and planning on how to govern, the former INEC boss said politicians in Nigeria and some African countries only prepare on how to grab power.

7. ECONOMY:
The Central Bank of Nigeria has begun auctioning the Chinese Yuan for the first time since the naira-yuan swap deal was signed in May. According to a statement by Isaac Okorafor, acting director, communications department, the apex bank received bids on Friday between 9am and 12 noon. Results from the bids will be announced on Monday, July 24. The Yuan sales will be part of the bank’s special secondary market intervention sales. The bank said the sales would be through a combination of spot and short-tenured forward

8. NIGERIAN POLICE:
The IG of Police has rubbished the ongoing #EndSARS campaign on social media (A viral campaign against the brutal SARS, stating that many Nigerians on social media  supporting the #EndSARS campaign are “criminally-minded”. The police chief made this comment during a recent chat with the press, where journalists asked him to comment on the viral ‘clamour’ for the #EndSARS. “You see, you have to be careful about this clamouring,” “You know, social media is a technology–technology available to those that are criminally-minded and we have to be careful

9. ENTERTAINMENT:
Award-winning Canadian hip-hop star,Drake has now made Apple Music history by becoming the first ever artiste to achieve 10 billion plays on the streaming service. The record was achieved following the release of his latest project “Scorpion”, which has also broken other records including having all 25 tracks in the top half of the Billboard 200 chart. Apple Music announced the good news via their Instagram page saying: 
‘A new era. ??10 billion streams on Apple Music. Congratulations, @champagnepapi.#drake.’

10. SPORTS:
Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo has finally spoken about the World Cup 2006 infamous clash between French captain Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin. With France and Italy locked at 1-1 in extra time, Zidane was seen exchanging words with Azzurri defender Materazzi. And in few second the defender was seen crashing to the pitch, holding his chest. Everyone thought that the referee saw the replay of the incident and decided to show the French ace a red card, but surprisingly he said he did not see it.

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