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BUHARI DEPARTS ABUJA FOR LOME ON SUNDAY

**President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart Abuja for Lome, Republic of Togo, to participate in two high-level meetings. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday.

On arrival in Lome, Shehu said the President would have an interactive session with the Nigerian community based in Togo at the Nigerian Embassy. He added that on Monday, Buhari will attend the Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit.

He said the summit would deliberate on common security threats to countries in West Africa and members of the Economic Community of Central African States

TRENDING

*. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says despite the gale of defection in the National Assembly and plans by the governors of Sokoto and Kwara states, Aminu Tambuwal and Abdulfatah Ahmed respectively, to leave the All Progressives Congress, President Buhari is still certain to win the 2019 election, Punch reports. According to Amaechi, even if President Buhari is carried on a sick bed to states like Sokoto, Kano and Bauchi, he is certain to have a landslide victory as those are part of his comfort zones.

*. Following the defection of former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, from APC to PDP, his spokesperson, Binta Spikin, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not win in Kano State in the 2019 general election. She said this to while reacting to Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi’s comment on Mr Buhari’s chances. According to Punch Newspaper, Mr Amaechi had on Friday said Mr Buhari will win in Sokoto, Kano and Bauchi States in the 2019 general elections even if he was taken to the states “on a sick bed”.

NEWS FLASH

1. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Ugandan Constitutional court on Friday, validated a constitutional amendment that removes an age limit for presidential aspirants, clearing the way for long-serving President Yoweri Museveni to remain in power for life. After more than 11 hours of debate, 4 out of the 5 justices on the Constitutional court rejected a challenge to the amendment that prevented anyone 75 or older from holding the presidency. Justice Kenneth Kakuru was the only dissenting judge Museveni, who is now 73, would have been ineligible to run again when his current term expires in 2021 if the court had not ruled as it did.

2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed the killing of one Chibuzo Nwankwo, a 42-year-old man from Enugu State. The Publicity Secretary of the Union, Habib Miller, said Nwankwo was shot in the early hours of Friday at a local bar in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. “The deceased, a patron of the bar, got drunk and started harassing a female worker. Information available to the union said that Nwankwo was chased out by security personnel, but he kept on coming back; became very aggressive and rude before the ugly incident occurred,’’ he said

3. PRESIDENCY:
The presidency has issued a statement urging its supporters to be calm and exercise patience during the election campaigns so the game can be played according to rules. In a statement signed by Femi Adesina, ‘It has been observed that some fervent supporters of President Buhari have begun what may be interpreted as political campaigns in their advocacies and advertisements in the mass media’. He continued to say, ‘we appreciate their enthusiasm but we hereby appeal for patience, so that the game can be played according to the rules.

4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, Friday, said the President Buhari-led government is persecuting him and some others because of their demand for true democracy in Nigeria. He spoke in Enugu after thousands of residents marched through the streets to show anger over the siege laid on his residence and that of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The crowd had marched in Enugu metropolis and terminated at Ekweremadu’s house where he addressed them upon his arrival from Abuja.

5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has fined DAAR Communications (owner of AIT/Raypower) N500,000 for persistent violation of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
NBC’s Head of Public Affair, Maimuna Jimada, via a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja, said comments made on Raypower’s programme “Political Platform” was against the broadcasting code.
Mrs Jimada said that the organisation was sanctioned due to “provocative, inflammatory and divisive comments” by anchors of the political platform.

6. STATE GOVERNMENT:
The defection of the former governor of Kano state, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso alongside other parliamentarians, to the opposition PDP has been described by the governor of Kano state Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as not being enough a reason to cause havoc to the ruling APC. Ganduje made this known to newsmen on Friday, where he emphasised that the party is not scared of his exist. “We are not scared by their exit. Their defection doesn’t constitute any havoc to our great party, the APC, at all levels. People should keep eyes to what will happen during election.”

7. SARAKI VS EL-FAI
Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the comment made by Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that he leads the worst senate house Nigeria has ever had. In an interview with Punch, Saraki who spoke via his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said El-Rufai is a careless talker who is suffering from diarrhea of the mouth. “We challenge el-Rufai to mention the name of any senator whose name was announced without his or her consent. He (el-Rufai) is a divisive element, an expert hero worshipper and noisemaker.”he said

8. POLITICS:
ADEMOLA Nurudeen Adeleke, senator representing Osun West Senatorial District and the state’s PDP gubernatorial candidate, did not graduate from Jacksonville State University (JSU), says the authorities of the  public university located in Alabama, United States. According to his profile on the National Assembly website, Adeleke has a Diploma in Criminology from JSU and graduated in 1986. He also graduated from Ede Muslim Grammar School, Osun State, where he obtained an Ordinary Level Certificate. His academic claims have, however, been brutally challenged. 

9. POLITICS:
PDP says the Buhari presidency has become a citadel of liars where deceptive lies are churned out daily to beguile Nigerians. The party was reacting to a presidency statement credited to the SA to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, claiming that members of the National Assembly, who reunited and those who joined the PDP have agreed to work for Buhari in the 2019 election. Dispelling the submission as a hallucination of a failing government, the PDP said the Buhari presidency has become so jittery over its imminent loss of the 2019 election that it now recourse to bare-faced lies and childish blackmail.

10. ENTERTAINMENT:
American hip-hop superstar, Sean Combs, alias P Diddy has expressed a desire to come ‘back home’ after meeting Nigerian superstar Ayobami Balogun a.k.a Wizkid..Diddy, who is best known for his hit song, ‘Bad Boy For Life’, shared a video on his Instagram page on Friday following a visit to Wizkid’s home. In the video, that has since gone viral, Diddy said, “Came to see the young black king (Wizkid), he hit me with some love and vibration from the wonderland. “I’m coming back home not gonna wait too long, expect me soon while I’m young.”

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