U.S FIRST LADY, MELANIA TRUMP ESCAPES PLANE CRASH

** A government plane carrying Melania Trump was forced to turn around Wednesday and return to an air base in Maryland after smoke filled the cabin. Secret Service agents leapt from their seats 10 minutes into a morning flight and ran to the front of the aircraft.

The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham described the passengers as ‘all fine’ shortly after the brief crisis was declared over.,She said a ‘minor mechanical issue’ was to blame.

Journalists on board said no one was hurt. A pool reporter said a second plane was made ready for takeoff within 50 minutes of the first one landing, and the first lady was on her way.

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*. Aisha Alhassan, Nigeria’s former Minister has retrieved items she donated to APC secretariat in Taraba State. Following her resignation from the party after she was disqualified from contesting for the state governorship ticket on the platform of the APC, ‘Mama Taraba’, as she is popularly known, removed rugs, computer systems, tables, among other items from the state secretariat, insisting that “APC doesn’t deserve anything of mine”.

*. The Organised Labour says it will meet on Thursday to take final decision on the new National Minimum Wage for workers, following the delay by the FG to announce its figure. Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of NLC made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. NAN reports that Sen. Chris Ngige had said there was no agreement yet by the Tripartite Committee on the new National Minimum wage figure in the country.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Former President Barack Obama has tended to stay away from political partisan frays since he left the White House, instead lending endorsements and participating in efforts that are designed to motivate Americans—especially young ones—to get out and vote. He continued that trend in a video released Wednesday by digital media company ATTN: that features a message for young people who see the video on social media: “there are no excuses, so get out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections”, he said

2. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Senate was been thrown into chaos on Wednesday as lawmakers argued over sitting arrangements. The noise followed after the senate president, Bukola Saraki, refused to allow former minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, contribute to a point of order earlier raised by Bassey Akpan. Mr Saraki, thereafter said he would not recognise Mr Akpabio’s contribution because he was not sitting in the appropriate seat. “Senator… eh… former Minority Leader, you know you can’t speak from there. You can’t. Go to your seat, when you get to your seat, I’ll recognise you,” he said.

3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Godswill Akpabio has advised the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to honourably resign rather than been forced out of office. Addressing a press conference after Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja, he said, it was a norm the world over that when a lawmaker resigns from his former political party, he relinquishes his office to allow the majority party form their leadership. He said, Saraki should borrow a leaf from him as a former minority leader, saying he honourably resigned the position when he defected from PDP to APC

4. JUDICIARY:
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a remand order from a Federal Capital Territory High Court to keep former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State for two weeks, The PUNCH can confirm. The remand order, it was learnt, is subject to renewal which implies that Fayose could spend longer than two weeks in custody. A reliable source said, “We have obtained a court order to hold Fayose for at least two weeks pending investigation. He could be released earlier or later than two weeks depending on the outcome of investigation.”

5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
FEC yesterday said the release of the last part of Paris Club refund was being delayed because of the condition attached to it by President Buhari. “Mr. President has given approval for the payment of the last Paris Club refund to the states but the approval came with some conditions which we are trying to work out together with the states to meet. “Those conditions that Mr. President gave are that we must show that the states have used the previous refund for payment of salaries and they will use this one also for payment of salaries,” she said.

6. STATE GOVERNMENT:
FORMER Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has described the statement credited to Governor Kayode Fayemi that his administration was an error as a mere political statement that shouldn’t be taken serious.
Fayose, who reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in a press statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, said that the Ekiti people knew that his administrations both the first and second, were never an error, rather they brought unparalleled blessings and development to the State

7. INEC:
INEC says the deadline for the submission of Forms CF001 and CF002 by political parties for presidential and National Assembly’s candidates is today. The INEC, in a statement issued last Thursday by its National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Malam Mohammed Haruna, said political parties had till October 18 to complete the process for presidential and National Assembly positions and November 2 for governorship and state assemblies. Malam Haruna said as of last Thursday, none of the 89 registered political parties had submitted the list of its sponsored candidates

8. EFCC:
Musiliu Obanikoro, has reportedly agreed to stand as state witness against Ayodele Fayose, as he’s being probed by EFCC. The governor gave himself up to the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, October 16, 2018,facing allegations of receiving N1.3 billionfrom the office of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in the run up to the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014. The governor made a show of turning himself in on Tuesday as he wore a shirt with “EFCC, I’m here” branded in front, and also carrying two packed bags as he earlier said he was prepared to be detained.

9. ECONOMY;
Senate orders CBN to suspend ATM card maintenance charges – The Senate has passed a resolution calling on the Central Bank of Nigeria to suspend the ATM card maintenance charges being deducted from customers. The Senate made this known via a tweet @SPNigeria. This resolution came as part of a motion on the illicit and excessive bank charges on customers accounts, sponsored by Senator Olugbenga Ashafa (Lagos East, APC).
The Senate also called on commercial banks operating in the country to configure their machines to dispense up to N40,000 per withdrawal

10. POLITICS:
APC Appeal Committee Panel set up by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has upheld the decision of the party to return Senator Shehu Sani as the candidate of the party for the Kaduna Central Senatorial District. In the copy of the panel report sighted by The Daily Times last night, the committee stated that the primary conducted by the electoral panel set up by Kaduna APC was done in contempt of a court order, saying that the only aspirant cleared by the APC to contest the election was Senator Shehu Sani.

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