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** Spokesperson of the Alhaji Atiku Abubakar campaign organisation, Mr Segun Sowunmi, has announced that there will be crisis if his principal doesn’t pick the PDP presidential ticket during the October primaries.

The PDP will hold its primary elections in the first week of October, in accordance with guidelines set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for all political parties.

Asked on a ChannelsTV program what his principal’s chances are ahead of the primaries, Sowunmi said: “Atiku is the man that the nation is waiting for. He can’t lose the ticket. It’s practically impossible. Human beings have to vote and they have taken a position that Atiku is the candidate they are expecting. Anything other than that is crisis”.


*. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday delivered a stinging rebuttal to criticism of China’s development aid in Africa, following a pledge by Chinese President Xi Jinping to invest $60 billion in the continent.
Speaking at a summit on China-Africa cooperation, Ramaphosa said the meeting “refutes the view that a new colonialism is taking hold in Africa, as our detractors would have us believe”.

*. Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo has taken control of Real Valladolid after buying 51 percent of the La Liga club’s shares, it was announced on Monday. At a press conference held in the city’s town hall, Valladolid president Carlos Suarez said: “Today is a starting point. Ronaldo personally acquires 51 percent of the shares of Real Valladolid.” “He is an idol that loves and spreads a dream.” Ronaldo played in Spain for Real Madrid and Barcelona, while also winning the World Cup twice with Brazil.


    Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin who died last month at the age of 76, did not leave a will and her four sons Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Franklin and Ted White Jr. Clarence are expected to find out how much she was worth and will divide it up equally among themselves. According to Mail Online, Court papers filed in Michigan’s Oakland County court last week by David J. Bennett, the lawyer who worked most closely with Franklin, lay out the few known basics: She was not married and left four sons, ages 48 to 63: Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Franklin and Ted White Jr.
    The Vice President of Zimbabwe has approached the Civil Court in Harare seeking a protection order against his wife who he says has left him in fear for his life. Kembo Mohadi initiated divorce proceedings against his wife Tambudzani Bhugadi Mohadi. But after she got served with a copy of the divorce summons, Kembo claims his already violent wife became even more violent and began sending threatening messages on his mobile phone. Mohadi claims Tambudzani is now influencing the children to insult and turn against him and they are also selling some matrimonial property with her blessing.
    President Buhari on Monday requested the Chinese government to help the West African states in the areas of economic development, visa facilitation for businesspersons and students, tourism infrastructure, as well as foreign direct investments. He spoke in Beijing, China and stressed that the Chinese government’s economic help to West Africa must be complemented by the push from the member states in order to achieve the desired economic transformation.
    President Buhari has declined assent to Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018 due to “some drafting issues” that remain unaddressed following the prior revisions to the Bill, an official said. Ita Enang, the SSAto the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday. The presidential aide said that already, the president had communicated his position to the Senate and the House of Representatives on August 30. “Mr President is declining assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill due to some drafting issues that remain unaddressed following the prior revisions to the Bill.
    Senate President Bukola Saraki withdrew his presidential ambition twice – for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and President Buhari – Alhaji Abubakar Baraje has revealed. In a recent chat with journalists, Baraje, who is the leader of R-APC said theSenate President has every right to vie for the presidential seat. “Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been trying his luck on being the President of this country since 2011. He withdrew for the then candidate Goodluck Jonathan. In 2015, he also withdrew for the present President Buhari”, he said
    Sen. Ike Ekweremadu has on Tuesday declared his intension to represent his constituency for the fifth time in the senate. Ekweremadu who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday morning, averred that he was persuaded by his people to return to the senate. “My people, the good people of Enugu West Senatorial District, including the Enugu West Peoples Assembly, Members of the National Assembly, Council Chairmen, members of the Enugu State Executive Council, Enugu State Chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, leaders of the PDP from Enugu West, among others gave me a surprise on Sunday.
    The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki is heading an 85-member campaign council of PDP for the September 22 governorship election in Osun State. All the party’s serving governors and presidential aspirants are also members of the council. The council, which was inaugurated in Abuja Monday by the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has since resumed work.
    Secondus, while inaugurating the team, described election rigging and vote buying as the worst forms of corruption, warning that the PDP would not tolerate the charade.
    APC adopted the direct primary for the selection of its candidates for next year’ elections to boost internal democracy, Adams Oshiomhole said yesterday. He said that the party decided to “liberalise” its shadow polls by making all registered members automatic delegates. He said the option will reduce the corruption and manipulation associated with the delegates system, which always generates huge post-primary crises.
    He however, acknowledged the challenges associated with the direct system, including logistic and security, saying they are surmountable.
    Godwin Emefiele, governor of CBN says MTN was investigated over three allegations by the bank’s committee of governors. “The first charge was how Nigerian investors bought forex to pay for their shares in the telecoms company. The second was the failure of the banks to issue certificates of capital importation (CCIs) within 24 hours of receipt of funds in-flowed into Nigeria as stipulated in our regulations. “Now, the third and the most critical is the unauthorised conversion of a loan of $399 million to preference shares by the MTN and the banks, which led to the repatriation of $8.1 billion without CBN final approval over eight years, he said
    Nigeria’s external debt commitment rose by $11.77bn in the last three years, investigation has shown. According to debt statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office, the country’s external debt rose from $10.32bn in June 30, 2015 to $22.08bn as of June 30 this year. This means that the country’s external debt commitment has grown by 114.05 per cent in the last three years. Although multilateral debt made up $10.88bn or 49.28 per cent of the country’s external debt profile, most of the increases in the last three years occurred in the area of commercial loans.

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