TRUMP IS ‘PHYSICALLY ILL AND FUNCTIONALLY ILLITERATE’- OMAROSA

** Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman questioned President Trump’s physical and mental fitness in a forthcoming book about her time at The White House and claimed that he is “just this side of functionally illiterate.”

In her tell-all, “Unhinged,” Manigault-Newman writes: “I’d come to understand that [Trump] read at an eighth- or ninth-grade level. That’s fine for some, but for the leader of the free world?”

Manigault-Newman goes on to claim that the 72-year-old Trump, whom she refers to as “Donald” throughout the book, “has only a surface-level understanding of the content he’s signing into law” and adds “Donald has always relied on his charisma, his street smarts, and trusted advisers to tell him what was in the paperwork.”

TRENDING

*. Sen. Bukola Saraki yesterday met with Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Mr Saraki arrived the home of his host located within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library on Monday evening. The embattled senate president had last week also met with former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, in the latter’s home in Minna, Niger State. Mr Saraki’s meeting with the past leaders is believed to be related to the 2019 elections. He recently defected from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP.

*. A Nigerian soldier, who is tired of the situation in the country, has advised Nigerians to go and get their PVCs to ensure that the nation will be ‘ruled by a better leader come 2019’. In a video shared online, the young Nigerian soldier is seen lamenting the current state of the country, while encouraging the youths to get their Permanent Voter’s Card to vote in a better leader. “Get your PVC and let’s do this. Come 2019, no old ass gon rule us anymore. Take it or you leave it. It’s time for a better change

NEWS FLASH

1. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Vote counting was underway across Mali on Monday following a runoff vote that pitted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita against the country’s main opposition leader, Soumaila Cisse.
Observers reported a low turnout in Sunday’s second round. Several polling stations were attacked by armed men and one election official was killed. Three election workers were killed in the preliminary round two weeks ago. After casting his vote on Sunday in Mali’s northern Niafunke region, Cisse told DW: “I vote with full confidence because we did an incredible campaign, particularly here in Niafunke. 

2. PRESIDENCY:
The Presidency on Monday said that the opposition PDP was behaving like a militant group instead of following the democratic tenets in its activities on national issues. This is as the Presidency has also said that the victory recorded by APC at the National Assembly bye elections in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi States at the weekend was an indication of President Buhari’s acceptance by Nigerians and what will be expected in the 2019 elections.
Briefing State House correspondents, Garba Shehu said that each of the bye elections was considered to be epic in nature.

3. PRESIDENCY:
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Senate, Senator Ita Enang, has revealed why former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio was “approached” and convinced to decamp from PDP to APC.  Enang disclosed that Akpabio was approached about defection due to his “nationalist posture”.
Speaking with newsmen in Calabar, Cross River State, yesterday, the presidential aide also stated that the former Akwa Ibom State governor will be a great asset to the APC.

4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The leadership of the national assembly never agreed to reconvene on Tuesday.,Last week, Yusuf Lasun, deputy speaker of the house of representatives, announced the lawmakers will be cutting short their recess to reconvene this week. He had said the agenda will primarily be the presidential request for virement of funds for the operations of INEC for the 2019 elections. However, unlike the customary practice, less than 24 hours to the planned date (Tuesday), the lawmakers are yet to be informed of the decision to cut short the recess.

5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Godswill Akpabio, former senate minority leader, says he is not perturbed by the call to declare his seat vacant. Akpabio is representing Akwa Ibom north-west in the upper legislative chamber. On Sunday R-APC asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to declare Akpabio’s seat vacant following his defection to the ruling party from PDP. The group based its demand on the premise that there is no division in PDP.
But speaking with journalists at the national assembly on Monday, Akpabio dismissed the R-APC saying the group is not a political party.

6. JUDICIARY:
The Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to among others, restrain the AGF, the IG of Police and the DSS from supporting any effort to sack Senate President Bukola Saraki through means other than that provided for under Section 50(2)(c ) of the Constitution. The request from part of the reliefs in a suit filed on Monday by Senators Rafiu Adebayo (PDP, Kwara South) and Isa Misau (PDP, Bauchi Central) through a team of lawyers, including former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Kanu Agabi (SAN) and Mahmud Magaji (SAN)

7. POLITICS:
Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of APC was expected to meet with senators elected on the party’s platform last night. Ahmed Lawan, Majority Leader of the Senate was expected to lead other senators to the Maitama residence of Oshiomhole, where the meeting will hold. The gathering will review strategies of the APC caucus ahead of the possible reconvening of the National Assembly, with Oshiomhole hell-bent on seeing Saraki impeached following his defection to PDP. Monday night’s meeting is a follow-up on the extended version that held with President Buhari

8. POLITICS:
PDP, and the ruling APC have clashed over the plot by the Buhari Campaign Organization to invade the National Assembly if the Bukola Saraki refuses to resign. The BCO coordinator who made the vow yesterday in Ogun State, said that they will shut down the National Assembly complex seeking for Saraki’s resignation. The acting Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena and the Deputy Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, spoke to Vanguard on the matter. The APC said the wish of the people should be respected in a democracy, while the PDP described the plan as a democratic coup.

9. DSS:
SSS has denied that huge sums of money and other incriminating materials were found at the homes of its sacked DG Lawal Daura. Videos of such recovery have been circulating with some media organisations publishing that such recovery was made after Mr Daura’s houses were searched. The agency, however, said the videos were false. In a statement distributed for the agency by PR Nigeria, a news agency with links to security agencies, the SSS said “no such recovery operations have been undertaken by the EFCC or any other security agency at DSS’ office or residences of the former DG.”

10. ENTERTAINMENT:
Ace Nigerian singers and song writers Wizkid and Davido performed exquisitely in Windhoek Namibia and New York City over the weekend.
Davido performed at the Dr Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek in Namibia, with more than 15,000 people in attendance Our very own Davido was the caption act on the night and his entrance on stage was one that set the crowd into a wild passion. The “Assurance’’ crooner had the crowd singing along every lyrics of his song with the opening of his hit song “Dami Duro’’ and also rendered most of his greatest hit including “If’’, “Aye’’, “Fia’’, and “Assurance’’.

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