PDP ALLEGEDLY OFFERS FEMI OTEDOLA LAGOS GUBERNATORIAL TICKET
**According to unconfirmed reports, Nigerian billionaire and Chairman/CEO of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, has accepted to run for the governorship seat of the Lagos State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The report was posted on Twitter by Ovation magazine publisher, Dele Momodu who wrote;
Breaking news: Lagos 2019 promises to be interesting. PDP offers Femi Otedola governorship ticket. He’s accepted and personally confirmed to The Boss newspaper..
*. President Buhari will be speaking at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The 73rd UNGA is scheduled to hold at the United Nations headquarters from September 18, 2018..The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja. Mr Onyeama said that the President will use the opportunity to canvass for a permanent seat at the United Nations and a for a Nigerian to emerge as the President of the General Assembly next year.
*. Senate President, Bukola Saraki has announced the appointment of Doyin Okupe his Presidential campaign’s Media Council. According to Saraki, ‘I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Doyin Okupe as the Chairman of my Presidential campaign’s Media Council. Dr. Okupe has served as the National Publicity Secretary of NRC” He added that, ‘Dr. Doyin Okupe brings many years of strategic insight to my campaign team.
- FOREIGN SCENE:
Russia launched its biggest war games since the Cold War on Tuesday in Eastern Siberia with hundreds of thousands of troops, including Chinese soldiers, taking part for the first time, Al Jazeera reports. The massive military manoeuvres come as tensions between the West and Russia have intensified to the highest level since the days of the Soviet Union. The drills have been condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for a “large-scale conflict”. Dubbed Vostok-2018, the war games involve more than 300,000 troops, 36,000 tanks, 1,000 aircraft and 80 warships
- AFRICAN ISSUES
Liberia president George Weah played in an international friendly for his country on Tuesday – at the age of 51. Weah, the first African footballer to win Fifa’s World Player of the Year award, featured for 79 minutes of a 2-1 home defeat by Nigeria in Monrovia. Liberia arranged the friendly to retire their number 14 shirt, worn by Weah at his playing peak. The former AC Milan striker, sworn in as president in January, received a standing ovation as he was substituted.
President Buhari has urged groups and individuals still interested in contributing funds towards his expression-of-interest and nomination forms to channel them to supporting young candidates. He said this in his message after receiving the forms bought for him by his support group, the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN), on Tuesday, at the State House, Abuja. The President, who stated that “Nigeria is blessed with talented and visionary youth who have a lot to contribute”, noted that the candidates “may not be able to afford the nomination fees” set by the APC
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Finally, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has declared that he has accepted a request by his constituents to re-contest for the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal constituency seat of the House of Representatives. Addressing hundreds of his constituents who thronged his Abuja home yesterday afternoon, the Speaker said he was already contemplating stepping aside, having represented the constituency for almost 12 years now. He, however, said he was overwhelmed by the show of support and solidarity by his people
- FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
FG on Tuesday gave conditions state governments have to meet to qualify for the payment of the balance $2.69B Paris Club loan refund. The Federal Ministry of Finance said in a statement said the conditions include that states must undertake to give priority to payment of workers’ salaries and staff related arrears in the utilisation of the refund. Other conditions include a commitment by all states to the commencement of the repayment of budget support loans granted by the FG in 2016
- STATE GOVERNMENT:
Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has forwarded an appropriation bill of approximately N10 billion to the state house of assembly for approval. This comes a month to the end of his administration. Kayode Fayemi, governor-elect of the state, would be sworn in on October 16. Titled “2018 Revised Budget”, the fresh request, which has the governor’s signature, was backdated to August 30. Assembly sources told TheCable that the proposal got to the office of the clerk of the parliament at 3.40pm on Monday, September 10.
THE BIRTH of a red heifer in Israel, said to be the first in 2,00 years and a “viable candidate” to fulfil Biblical prophecy, has sparked fears the End of the World is near. Numbers, chapter 19 in the Christian Bible details how God told Moses and the Israelites to bring a “a red heifer without defect or blemish” which was to burned as part of a cleansing ceremony. It is said the sacrifice of a red heifer is essential for the construction of a third temple in Jerusalem, which some theologians have claimed could bring about the return of the messiah and Judgement Day.
According to Cable, there is a threat to impeach Ambode if he does not drop his second term bid. Over 50 council chairmen loyal to Bola Tinubu, his estranged godfather, have met and pledged their support for Jide Sanwonolu, who is believed to be Tinubu’s preferred choice, according to APC insiders. The council chairmen are the most influential grassroots mobilizers under the direct primary system adopted by APC to pick governorship candidates. Most members of the Lagos house of assembly are also loyal to Tinubu
One of the in-laws to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Engr. Chucks Ololo, husband to Imo State Commissioner for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment, Hon Ogechi Ololo, Monday in Abuja, picked expression and nomination of interest forms to contest for the 2019 Imo governorship race. Ololo, he is a brother-in-law to Governor Okorocha being married to the governor’s younger sister. The governor has endorsed his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, married to his eldest daughter, for the governorship, a decision that has polarised the APC in Imo state.
INEC hinted yesterday that it might be compelled to suspend the 2019 general election following threats to violence by some politicians in the country. Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who stated this, was reacting to some disturbing videos of political campaigns in the social media in which some politicians are seen threatening to shed blood. He spoke when he received briefing from the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State on the progress and the preparedness of the forthcoming governorship election in the state