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** Nigerian banks on Saturday engaged in a social media battle, throwing banters at each other on their Twitter handles. Some seem to be winning and others are at the receiving end.

Five major banks so far involved in the battle of wits are Sterling Bank, Access Bank, First Bank, FCMB and Union Bank.

The beef apparently started when Sterling bank took to its twitter handle @Sterling_Banking to post a picture with the inscription: “In shooting for the moon men become stars”

The post by Sterling Bank didn’t quite go down well with some of the banks whose logos or signature animals were depicted as most of them tweeted their clapbacks at the post by Sterling Bank.


Ademola Adeleke, senator representing Osun west, has won the governorship ticket of PDP in his state. The senator defeated his closest challenger, Akin Ogunbiyi, to emerge the flagbearer of the PDP in the September 22 governorship election. Adeleke won by a close margin, securing 1569 votes while Ogunbiyi had 1562.


*. Atiku Abubakar stood before a cheering crowd in his home state of Adamawa on Saturday, announcing he will seek the PDP ticket for president next February. Decrying the large-scale killings that have touched many parts of the country in recent months before thousands packed into Yola town square at the heart of Nigeria’s north-east, Mr Abubakar said President Buhari’s government would be remembered more for its bloodshed than any development it brought to citizens.

*. A nursing mother was among the 155 Nigerians stranded in Russia who arrived the country on Friday. Scores of Nigerians who travelled to the country for the World Cup were unable to leave, having discovered that they were swindled. On Monday,  President Buhari ordered their immediate repatriation on the expense of the federal government.
The stranded football fans came through Ethiopian Airline flight number ET-ALP. The flight arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 9pm.


Park Geun-hye, the South Korean former President who was jailed for 24 years for corruption, has been slammed with an additional eight-year jail term for receiving bribe from the country’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). A Seoul Central District Court gave the verdict on Friday after a separate trial on the allegation that she received bribe from the NIS and unlawfully intervened in 2016 selection of a parliamentary candidate for her party.  Geun-Hye was sentenced to six years for taking ?3.3billion ($2.9 million) from NIS, and two years for the electoral offence. The terms are to be served 

The President Buhari-led government has reacted to the vote of no confidence passed on his administration by the Northern Elders’ Forum, NEF, and other socio-political organizations in the country. The coalition of Northern Elders’ Forum, NEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Pan Niger Delta Forum had during the week, passed a vote of no-confidence on Buhari, over what they described as the President’s inability to find a lasting solution to the country’s problems. Reacting through his SSA on Media and Publicity, the President described the leaders as selfish.

There were strong indications that President Buhari, the APC and governors are considering juicy offers for the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to prevent his defection to PDP. It was learnt that some prominent leaders of the party, especially the coordinator of the reconciliation initiative, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, might be involved in the negotiation with Saraki. Tinubu was said to have been briefed about the President’s interaction with Saraki and others.

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, has reacted to claims by electricity distribution companies (DisCos) that he misled Nigerians on power generation capacity. Sunday Oduntan, executive director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the umbrella body of DisCos, had said the federal government lied about an improvement in power generation. In a statement on Friday, Fashola said Nigerians can testify to the upswing in electricity in the past few years.

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has 
said he is not on a vendetta mission on his decision to probe how the state’s finances were managed when he takes office on October 16. Fayemi said there is need to know why the state government still owes several arrears of workers’ salaries and pensioners’ benefits after receiving three tranches of bailout funds, Paris Club refunds, Budget Support Funds and secrecy with which the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is shrouded in the last four years.

PDP seems to be in a hurry to get its deal with members of the R-APC done and sealed. The two sides have been locked in intense talks and negotiations over the last few weeks for the aggrieved members of the APC to switch camps. But President Buhari and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, have also launched peace talks of their own to persuade such APC members to reconsider their plan to dump the party. With no defection of note happening as expected by the PDP, the party has given Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara and others a two-week deadline to make up their minds and rejoin it.

Alex Otti, a former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2015 general elections in Abia, on Friday declared his interest to run again in 2019. Mr Otti, a former banker, told a crowd of his supporters at the Ngwa High School, Aba, venue of the formal declaration, that he would seek election as governor in order to restore Abia to the path of growth and socio-economic development. “I have decided to contest again for the governor of the state because the Pharoahs of Abia must be forced to let Abians go free,” he said.

The British Government has condemned vote-buying, which was rampant in the recent Ekiti State governorship election. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, described vote-buying as a form of electoral misconduct like rigging and ballot stuffing, while addressing journalists shortly after a meeting with the Chairman of INEC Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja on Friday. He said, “I was there in Ekiti to monitor elections and I heard a lot of reports of alleged vote buying and we are convinced that some vote buying went on. I condemn it. Vote buying is illegal.

Dino Melaye has said he will honour the invitation by the police. He disclosed this in an interview with Channels Television on Saturday, a day after the police accused some persons in his convoy of attacking their personnel in Kogi State. “The account of the police is false and illogical,” the lawmaker said, adding, “I will honour the invitation of the Kogi State Police Command on Thursday, despite the attempts on my life.” Senator Melaye had accused the police of shooting at his convoy on his way to inaugurate a project at his constituency on Thursday in Kogi.

Chief Michael Obi, the father of John Mikel Obi, has opened up on the kind of relationship he shares with his celebrity son. Pa Obi, 74, said that were it not for an opportunity created by the just concluded World Cup in Russia, it would have been five years since he last spoke to Mikel on phone. According to him, the Super Eagles’ skipper once confided in one of his brothers that anytime he wants to call their dad, something tells him not to do so. “My relationship with Mikel is an issue, but we don’t know what to do. It’s over five years now without a phone call from him to me. But he communicates with his mother.

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