MELANIA TRUMP ARRIVES AFRICA
** US First Lady, Melania Trump, has landed in Ghana on her first major solo foreign trip. Journalists have tweeted news of her arrival at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
She will visit child health facilities, orphanages and meet caregivers as she weaves in elements of her child-focused platform, “Be Best,”
The stop is Mrs Trump’s first on a four-country tour that will include visits to Kenya, Malawi and Egypt.
The First Lady, who seems excited about her tour, earlier described her host nations as “four beautiful and very different countries”.
*. Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday held a closed-door meeting with People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, at the Government House in Port Harcourt. The former Vice President arrived Government House in company of former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, his campaign director and other officials. Wike and Atiku’s delegation met at the conference room of the Government
*. APGA has disqualified the capital oil Boss on bases of the waiver granted to him by the party. This is following series of conspiracies and revelations about an agreed arrangements planned by both the governor of Anambra state and a host of Anambra elites The party also disqualified Chinedu Ekwealor who is the only challenger against Prince Chinedu Emeka for Anambra north senatorial zone. Chinedu Emeka is the most powerful aide to the governor
- FOREIGN SCENE:
US President Donald Trump said Tuesday the reaction to decades-old allegations of sexual assault against his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh makes it “a very scary time” for young men in the United States. His remarks came as he responded to questions about allegations against the conservative jurist by three women who say Kavanaugh drunkenly sexually abused or harassed them when they were students in the 1980s. “It’s a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,”
- AFRICAN ISSUES:
President Buhari has assured South Sudan of Nigeria’s support in stabilising its political and economic development. The president gave the assurance when he received Mr Ezekiel Gatkuoth, Special Envoy of the South Sudanese President in Abuja on Tuesday. Buhari noted that the two countries have a lot in common in the area of developmental aspirations. He said: “It has not been smooth sailing for us all the way, too. But since South Sudan wants to share from our experience, we will support where we can, and pray hard for your stability.”
THIS week’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not hold to give room for members to participate in the ongoing primaries of APC.Femi Adesina announced this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. The terse statement said: “The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting will not take place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. “This is informed by on-going political activities, particularly party primaries, in which some members of the Council are deeply involved in various states of the federation.”
- FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: FG has announced a 90-day special window for registration of new businesses at a reduced rate of N5000 only. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who disclosed this on Tuesday, said the gesture is part of its bid to further ease the process of registering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, Osinbajo also disclosed that the special window of 90 days starts from October 1st to Dec 31st 2018. “It was observed that a lot of MSMEs were finding it difficult to register their businesses as a result of cost.
- STATE GOVERNMENT:
Lagos State deputy governor Idiat Adebule has declared her support for Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the man aiming to dislodge her boss Akinwunmi Ambode from picking the All Progressives Congress governorship ticket for Lagos State. Adebule said on Tuesday that she was aligned with the position of the leaders of the party in the State.
Speaking at ward A and D in Iba local council development area where she participated in the governorship primary of the APC, she announced her endorsement of the candidate chosen by the party.
The Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development,Aisha Alhassan has emerged as the governorship flag bearer for UDP The Returning Officer and National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olusegun Adeleye, on Tuesday declared her as the winner of the governorship primary which took place in Jalingo, the state capital after she got 246 vote. Alhassan initially joined the governorship race under the platform of APC but decamped after she was screened out without any reason given.
APC National Working Committee, has cancelled the party’s Lagos governorship primaries which held in State earlier today. Clement Ebri, the APC National Working Committee Chairman who addressed newsmen this afternoon said the Lagos governorship primaries was cancelled because. party members went against the policy by conducting an open primary, instead of the secret ballot which was suggested by the committee. According to him, fresh primary will now commence in the state. He said
- THE AMBODE SAGA:
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has overruled the decision of the primary election panel of the party in Lagos state. The panel had declared the election null and void as a result of the open ballot mode used. Clement Ebri, chairman of the panel, had said secret ballot was agreed upon. He said a new date for the exercise would be communicated to the public. But Oshiomhole certified the process, saying it conformed with the standard set.
- THE AMBODE SAGA:
The Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of APC, Mr Tunde Balogun, on Tuesday night declared Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the party’s governorship primary. Balogun declared that Sanwo-Olu polled 970, 851 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode with 72,901 votes. Balogun declared the election free and fair, thanking members of the party for coming out to vote.
Earlier in the day, the National Working Committee panel sent from Abuja to oversee the election had declared that primary as invalid.
There are strong indications that Manchester United are considering a move for Juventus’ Beppe Marotta and Antonio Conte as the pressure mounts on Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is under increasing pressure at Old Trafford after the Red Devils stuttering start to the season that has seen them pick up just 10 points from their opening seven league matches.
According to Corriere dello Sport, United are considering an intriguing alternative which would see Conte and Marotta reunite at Old Trafford