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16 Dec 2018

Arsenal 22-match unbeaten run streak at St. Mary's to Southampton

Southampton beat Arsenal 3-2 in Ralph Hasenhuttl's first game in charge

Southampton have won for the first time since September in the League. Arsenal have lost their first match since August.

It's massive relief for the Southampton players. To take the lead twice, be pegged back, and then to win it at the death against the run of play. Absolutely magnificent. But it wasn't perfect.

From Arsenal's perspective, this is why they're not title challengers - three headed goals, poor defending at times, and the goalkeeper was suspect on the last goal.

Ango Abdullahi speaks on plot to remove Buhari, install Osinbajo as President

Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has denied being involved in the reported plot to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office and install Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as President.

Reports emerged that while President Buhari was away in London on sick leave, some Northern politicians had started jostling for the position of the Vice President.

A group known as the Kaduna Mafia was said to have concluded plans to remove Buhari and make Osinbajo President while Abdullahi was one of those said to be interested in the position.

But reacting in an interview with Vanguard, Abdullahi said, “The Kaduna Mafia has always been the imagination of the people in a way.

“Recently, my name appeared as a member of the Kaduna Mafia who wanted to do something that I was not even aware of.

“The story was that I was one of the northern elite, who discussed how the President should be removed from office and his vice (Osinbajo) installed as President after naming a particular northerner as a vice for Osinbajo, something that I was not a party to or was not even aware of.

“The rumour then was that all other members of the group had agreed to the proposal to remove Buhari and install Osinbajo with a northern vice president except me.

“But the President must have been made to know who these people are but certainly I was not part of the group and I don’t know who they are and what they were planning to do when the President first took ill and was out of the country for a long time.

“In fact, Buhari himself talked about the incident the other day, saying that some people wished him dead and had already started lobbying for the post of vice president.

“Again, Osinbajo confirmed it but stopped at mentioning the name of those involved.

“The way my name came into the story is that they approached Osinbajo and asked whether he would agree to persuade Buhari to resign on account of ill health and for him to take over from Buhari if we in the North would nominate a vice for him.

“Of course, Osinbajo said ‘No, not at all.’ So, in the speculation they did there, they also said that when they brought the idea to me, I was the only one in the clique. They said that my name was number 7 in the group.

“This was all speculation of what ‘the Kaduna Mafia did’ and my name was bandied about as a member of the group.”

NASS workers begin strike Monday, threaten budget presentation

Workers of the National Assembly under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria have said there is no going back on their planned strike scheduled to begin on Monday.

President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the National Assembly last week to notify the legislature of his intention to lay the 2019 Appropriation Bill on Wednesday.

As the budget would be laid on Wednesday, the National Assembly has planned to go on Christmas and New Year break on Thursday.

PASAN has, however, vowed to embark on the industrial action, warning that workers would not be on duty when the President would lay the budget.

The workers on December 4, 2018 shut down the National Assembly by picketing the chambers and paralysing legislative activities.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in their intervention, had issued a three-day ultimatum to the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, to address the issues.

The House of Representatives on December 6, 2018, summoned the Minister of Finance, Aisha Mohammed, over the non-release of funds appropriated to the National Assembly, part of which would be used to finance the new Consolidated Salary Structure approved for its workers.

Mohammed was expected to explain the delay on the non-implementation of the 2018 Appropriation Act which captures the 28 per cent increment of salaries under the new structure.

But on December 7 when the ultimatum issued to the clerk expired, PASAN threatened to paralyse activities of federal legislature again, if the management failed to meet their demands.

The Chairman of PASAN, Mr Musa Bature, had said, “We hereby reiterate that the proposed indefinite industrial action that will ground all legislative activities of the National Assembly (will hold),” adding that the workers would down tool from December 17.

The minister on Friday appeared before the Committee on Finance where she said no specific date could be stated for the release of the legislature’s allocation.

Speaking with our correspondent on Friday after the meeting between the minister and the lawmakers, Bature said issues raised by the workers had been partially addressed.

Asked to confirm when the strike would begin, Bature said, “It is Monday; we are starting on Monday. Four days warning strike.”

When asked if he was aware that the President would be at the National Assembly on Wednesday to lay the budget, the PASAN boss replied, “We are not stopping him from coming. But the staff of the National Assembly will not be available. We are not going to work. The legislators can go to work but there will be no staff to work for them.”

When asked if the issues had been addressed, he said, “Not really. Half of them have been attended to while others have not addressed. Some have been attended to but the main ones have not been attended to.”

Bature said, “The condition of service (bill) has been attended to (passed) but the Senate and House have different versions but at least they have passed it and they will meet at the conference to harmonise it. The nomination of the NASC board, they have done their part and transmitted (it) to the President for assent. Those are the two issues that have been attended to.”

‘I would have been dead’ — journalist speaks on attack by Sanwo-Olu’s ‘supporters’

Felicity Ezewuike, a journalist working with Plus TV Africa, says she was “almost lynched” by supporters of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, for filming a development.

In a short video tweeted by Plus TV Africa, Ezewuike said she was filming a protest when supporters of Sanwo-Olu came around that vicinity and started fighting.

The reporter said at that point, the police officers deployed to maintain peace and order shot in the air in a bid to end the conflict.

She said in the middle of the commotion a man attacked her and he and other supporters of Sanwo-Olu forced her to the delete the video clip.

“I was going on an assignment and I saw Togolese people protesting at the TBS terminal. I stayed with them, recorded them on my phone because we didn’t have a camera with us,” Ezewuike said.

“While I was waiting for a Taxify, I saw Sanwo-Olu people. Campaigners for Sanwo-Olu – they had this (a flier with pictures of President Muhammadu Buhari, Bola Tinubu, former Lagos governor and inscription ‘Strong Men & Women, Asiwaju for Life Grassroots Politicians’) – I was looking at them, I was like ‘oh what’s going on.’

“The next minute I saw them fighting. As they were fighting, the police officers who were there to help maintain peace for the Togolese protest, saw them and shot into the air.

“I was voluntarily filming, I wasn’t even expecting the police to even shoot up to disperse the crowd. The next thing I knew, some guy was running after me. I was almost lynched today. I’m still shaking from the experience.”

Ezewuike said if the police had not rescued her, she “would probably be dead right now.”

“If the police were not there, I would probably be dead right now. I would be probably be dead,” she said.

“They compelled me, even in the presence of the police to delete the video I had on my phone. The ladies were screaming, they had already started hitting me, before the police came and saved me. So I’m just speaking that I am a journalist, I’m supposed to report what I saw.

“I have been hearing of stories being manhandled, being lynched, being dealt with. Today I experienced it first-hand. So I’m going to broadcast this. Sanwo-Olu, Sanwo-Olu, the people that are supporting you are very terrible people.

“They almost killed me. They almost killed me. They threatened me. They said there is nothing I can do. They said that I’m a nobody. They forced me to delete the video that I had. You will kill me first before you stop me from doing a job that I know know is important.”

When contacted, Gboyega Akosile, spokesman of Sanwo-Olu, told TheCable that the media team is working to ascertain the veracity of the claim.
Akosile said Sanwo-Olu would not ask his supporters to hurt anyone.
“We need to ascertain the veracity of the claim, first and foremost. I’m a journalist and I understand her – he who alleges must prove – after that we will know the next step. Nobody will support anybody molesting or harassing anybody,” he said.
“It is not in the character of Mr Sanwo-Olu or any of his followers to molest anyone. It is imperative to know what really happened. If she was so harassed unduly, it is condemnable and we  condemn it. I can’t tell you what other steps will be taken to asuade her but definitely we will do something about it.
“The flip side of it is they may not be Mr Sanwo-Olu supporters though they may be wearing his branded shirts… you can’t say Mr Sanwo-Olu will send anybody to go and hurt anyone. It does not have anything to do with Mr Sanwo-Olu. We distance ourselves from such.”

Tragic Irony: FRSC Sector Commander Dies In Car Crash

Sunday Ajayi, the Anambra State sector commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, has died in a fatal car accident.

The Anambra State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Sunday Ajayi, on Saturday died in an auto crash, according to PUNCH.
A source at the FRSC’s office in Awka, said Ajayi died in the crash that occurred in the early hours of Saturday while returning from Kwara State where he had gone to attend a relation’s wedding.

The accident reportedly occurred on the highway leading to Agbor while approaching Asaba, the Delta State capital.

At the command’s headquarters in Awka, Anambra State capital, the FRSC flag was lowered.
The Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the death of the Anambra sector commander in the accident, which he said was caused by the driver of another vehicle who collided with Ajayi’s while the driver was doing a wrong overtaking.

He told a correspondent that three people died in the accident while the sector commander’s driver was recuperating in a hospital, whose name he did not disclose.
It was gathered that Ajayi’s last outing was at a lecture he gave to journalists on an ‘ember’ month campaign against over speeding.

Tinubu Breaks Silence, Reveals The Cause Of Backwardness In Nigerian Senate

A former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday in Ibadan said some unnamed political prostitutes and robbers denied Nigeria of vibrant Senate presidency since 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari took over the reign of governance.

Tinubu said he and indeed the APC had no regret for their preference for the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State, becoming the senate president in 2015.

He spoke at the maiden Abiola Ajimobi Roundtable organised as part of the activities marking the 69th birthday of the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The former Lagos State governor said, “Senator Lawan, thank you very much. You are a great example of a very consistent and intellectually resourceful leader that we have in this country. We saw in him, these leadership traits and the qualities we wanted in the senate president. We know you are qualified and competent to be, that you would have led the most important arm of our government more effectively but the political prostitutes and their robbers and their collaborators denied you of it because of selfishness and selfish aggrandizement.”
Why commending Oyo State Governor Ajimobi, for changing the fortunes of the state in the last seven years, Tinubu said his success would have been incomplete without a worthy successor and hailed his choice in Adebayo Adelabu, whom he stressed would build on his exploits.

At the event were a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon; the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, and wife of the governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi.

Others are a former Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande; a former Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and an industrialist, Chief Kola Daisi.

Speaking on the theme: ‘The Imperatives of Building Institutions for Lasting Legacies’, they all affirmed that while strong individuals were necessary for visionary leadership, it was only strong institutions that could enhance proactive leadership, good governance, effectiveness of the rule of law and inclusiveness of the citizenry.

REVEALED: The Real Reason Obasanjo Withdrew Support For Buhari

Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has revealed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo withdrew his support for President Muhammadu Buhari in the early days of his administration.

Oyinlola, a close ally of Obasanjo, told Sunday Sun in Abuja that what necessitated Obasanjo’s withdrawal of support for Buhari was the realization that President Buhari was trying to ‘northernise’ his government.

Oyinlola also said it was as a result of President Buhari’s approach to governance issues that made Obasanjo to write President Buhari his classic letter after several unsuccessful attempts to address him on the best approach to issues and governance generally.

Asked at what point Obasanjo and Buhari parted ways, the former military administrator of Lagos State and former two-term Osun State governor said: “At the point where at the initial stage, it was found out that he was trying to northernise the government. And if you see the appointments, you will agree with me that there is not a bit; a clear demonstration of nepotism in his appointment.”
Oyinlola also disclosed why the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) was not registered as a political party, even as he expressed confidence that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will defeat President Buhari in the February 2019 presidential election.

What led to the disappearance of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, which many believe was to usher in a new movement, the Third Force, canvassed by former President Obasanjo in his epic letter to President Buhari?

Let me start by correcting one issue from your question: what Obasanjo was canvassing for was not a Third Force. It was people that christened it Third Force. Some other groups, I think under the leadership of Olisah Agbakoba, were the ones promoting something in line with Third Force. What Obasanjo said was that what we are getting from this government wasn’t what we bargained for in 2015, and if we allow things to go unchecked, then we may have ourselves to blame at the end of the day by the time the whole country collapses. And that was why he suggested that there must be some kind of movement and I know too well that that came about after several unsuccessful attempts to address Mr President on the best approach to issues and governance generally. So, it was to galvanise patriotic Nigerians and with special reference to youths and women. If you recall, he said in his letter, ‘if and when that Coalition for Nigeria Movement transmutes into a political party, then he will hands off.’ CNM is a movement and if you are going to have a direct influence on the political scenario of Nigeria, you can only do that through the platform of a political party. That was the reason CNM had discussion with several political parties and we believe the objectives of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) met the policy direction of CNM and that of our dream for a future Nigeria.

Why didn’t you register CNM as a political party? Where you afraid that the president may derail your plan?

We are almost certain that the president being a retired military man will not sit down and see and watch a canon coming after him and will not do anything. It will be unthinkable for him to allow a suggested movement like that of Obasanjo to be registered as a political party. We believe if he was thinking rightly that he wouldn’t do such a thing and that is why we looked for an existing political party and that is why we ported into ADC.

What is the strength of ADC nationwide?

Today, if you pick APC, you pick PDP, ADC is the next party in order of ranking.

Are you fielding candidates in the various positions across the country?

Yes. The only position that we can no longer contest for is just the presidency. For other political posts like Senate seats, House of Reps, House of Assembly, yes, we are contesting. But let me say one thing: at the presentation of our decision to have Atiku as our consensus candidate, I reiterated the experience of Osun and suggested that the spirit and letters of the MoU of CUPP should be carried down to the state level. If that is done, then we will be working together to pick the best of candidates from within the ranks of parties forming the CUPP to pick a common candidate for all the posts.

You sound as if you are very confident that the CUPP can remove President Buhari from office?

By the special grace of God, it will. I am confident because I was the secretary of the new-PDP that brought into the merger that made up APC, five sitting governors, many senators, and many members of the House of Reps. If you go back to do a kind of study over the 2015 election, take the votes cast for Buhari in these five states and add that of Niger and Jigawa, the two governors were with us in our movement till the last minute. I think the harassment from the government made them to beat a retreat. But by the time that retreat was beaten, the people had been carried along. So, you can now calculate the votes from those seven states. Remove it from what Buhari had in 2015, he lost.

Considering what the merger later turned out to be, do you have any regret over the role played?

I was not happy with the fact that the spirit of the merger was not attended to. The execution of the agreement was one sided. I say so because, yes, if there are four major parties that made up the coalition – CPC, ANPP, ACN and new-PDP, the position of presidency went to CPC, chairman of the party went to the ANPP, then the Speaker at the initial stage went to ACN. That was the plan. Now, the remaining one, Senate President that was supposed to come to us, some people were foot-dragging and in their equation, of all the sharing formula, we were quietly left out, such that in important decisions and meetings, we were almost forcing them to remember that the new-PDP was part of the merger.

So, it was a selfish union?

That is it! But the Almighty God will never allow iniquity anywhere. And that is why the position of Senate President and that of the Speaker that came to new-PDP, came by the grace of God and out of the greediness of those people. If not, if they had agreed that okay, everybody has taken its own, let new-PDP have the Senate seat as part of the merger troop, there wouldn’t have been any confusion. But things went haywire, opposition even decided to vote for Bukola and Dogara. And that is why it was God that gave the National Assembly to the new-PDP.

Don’t you think the same greed that characterised the merger will play out in the CUPP if it eventually wins the 2019 presidential election?

How can it come up?

Some believe that your decision to quit the APC was a wrong step. Is that correct?

I am the one that have the step to take and there is nobody to assess my movement whether it was wrong or right. If you pick the allegations made against the president and his government by Obasanjo in his letter, nobody could fault it. Obasanjo stuck out his neck for him to my knowledge. I was part of every movement, every support, within and without in the belief that we are having somebody better than Jonathan. But what we have found out now is just that the man has been under exposed and we have been able to carry out a wrong assessment of who he truly is. But he has been in government now and we have been able to see the level of his capacity.

As someone who is very close to former President Obasanjo, at what point did Obasanjo and President Buhari have a point of departure?

At the point where at the initial stage, it was found out that he was trying to northernise the government. And if you see the appointments, you will agree with me that there is not a bit; a clear demonstration of nepotism in his appointment. But he could not say anything because he was at the forefront in the campaign to install Buhari. And when it became difficult for somebody to reach out to the president to chip in one or two words of advice to assist him in governing well, then, what is one waiting for there? It is just a shame that in this country, we seem to gloss over serious issue. The wife said the man is not in charge, that there are only two or three people running the government. She said it that millions of people voted for this man, but only two or three; what else does anybody want to say? This is the wife, that is, his better half.

If the outcome of the forthcoming presidential election does not favour your candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, what will be your reaction?

I know only the Almighty appoints. But I want to believe that with what we have put in place, with the kind of hunger ravaging the entire nation, with the insecurity pervading the nation and so many mis-governance being witnessed, I don’t see Nigerians voting Buhari back into power. That is it! Because if you ask anybody, are you better today than you were four years ago, go and take out a census and see what the response is going to be.

There were earlier calculations zeroing in Atiku’s vice presidential choice on the Southwest and you as his deputy. What later happened? What changed that plan?

Anybody who knows the man we are going to take on for at the next election, will know that there is need for a strategic plan, a very strong strategic plan to be able to take him out. And that is why I am happy with the way it went. If we are talking of equity, then the highest position in the country should not be an exclusive preserve of some zones alone. Today, everybody has been shouting, Southeast, Southeast, why wouldn’t they have the opportunity to serve at the highest position? And I think the first step is by picking a vice president from there.

Does that mean you agree that in 2023, the presidency should go to the Southeast rather than the Southwest?

Totally, totally! That is my personal view.

Are you sure the PDP will agree to that?

You are asking me about my personal opinion. Whatever the party wants to do, that is different. But if equity is anything to go by, it should go there because of all the zones, that is the only one that has never had a shot in this current political dispensation that started in 1999.

Why did you call APC’s the Next Level as the Next Evil scheme the day you announced the adoption of Atiku as your presidential candidate?

What scheme have they played out that is pleasant to the people of the country? Is it the infrastructure that are good, is it the health sector that you can be proud of? There is medical tourism outside the country day in, day out. All our medical personnel are all going out for greener pasture. My personal doctor that I patronise in the UK is a Nigerian. Yes! And I have been with him for 30, 40 years. So, if the equipment are there, when you go out, you find out that it is our own boys that are treating us. But they have the equipment; they have all that they need to carry out their work. With all these, any level they are taking us to is the evil scheme level.

Are you not scared that if President Buhari wins in 2019, he will go after you and other like-minded people?

Yes, he can go after us, but they will have to build more prisons. But you know the NADECO route is still there, very open.

SDP In Disarray As Chairmen Revolt Ahead Of 2019

The 37 state party chairmen of the Social Democratic Party, including that of the Federal Capital Territory, have rejected the Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf-led court order which declared Prof. Jerry Gana as the presidential candidate of the party.

An FCT High Court had on Friday declared Gana the winner of the presidential primary election of the SDP conducted on October 6 over alleged violation of the party’s constitution.

Specifically, the court ruled that the SDP’s National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, and the presidential candidate, Mr Donald Duke, are from the southern part of the country.
Duke had won the October 6 primary with 812 votes, while Gana polled 611, but the former Minister of Information had approached the court to declare him winner on the grounds of zoning and rotation formula contained in the party’s constitution.

But the forum, in a statement jointly issued on Saturday by its Chairman, Oke Idawene, and the Secretary, Abubakar Dogara, insisted that Duke remained the presidential candidate of the party for the 2019 election.

The chairmen said the court’s ruling was an act of gross injustice, adding that it would not see the light of the day.

OAP, Toolz And Husband, Tunde Demuren, Welcome Their First Child In The U.K

Media personality, Toolz and her air captain husband, Tunde Demuren, have reportedly welcomed a baby boy.

Popular Beat FM Lagos OAP, Tolu Demuren a.k.a Toolz and her hubby, Captain Tunde Demuren, have welcomed their first child, a boy.

The couple got married in June 2016.
According to reports, Toolz welcomed their bundle of joy in a UK hospital on Saturday morning.

The OAP earlier this year, spoke on her previous painful labour experience, and loss of baby. She stated that going through those labour pains, knowing her baby was dead, broke her.

Drama As Women Storm Yaba Market With Police Escort (Photos & Videos)

Scores of Nigerian women stormed the popular Yaba Market on Saturday, December 15, to protest against harassment of female shoppers by male traders in the market.

The women, under the banner of Market March, a group set up to end sexual harassment of women in markets, carried placards with various inscriptions written on them like 'not your color', 'you sef no sabi greet your aunty' and 'no be by force to buy'.
247NNU gathers that during the course of the protest, some male traders threw water on the protesters while screaming derogatory slurs at them.

The protesters took to Twitter to give updates, as seen below:





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