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21 Feb 2019

BREAKING NEWS: PDP Chairman Meets Buhari, Decamps To APC Hours To Nigeria Elections

With barely 48 hours left before Nigeria’s general elections begin, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe state, Sani Inuwa Nguru, has decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was revealed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Digital Media, Tolu Ogunlesi.

According to Ogunlesi, Nguru met with Buhari on Thursday before confirming his decision to the State House Press Corps.

“He just finished an interview with State House Press Corps, after meeting with President @MBuhari #AsoVillaToday,” Ogunlesi tweeted.

Empire Actor, Jussie Smollett Arrested And Now In Police Custody

Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested and now in police custody. This was revealed on Twitter by Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The actor is facing a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report.

Taking to Twitter, the police spokesman said Jussie Smollett “is under arrest and in custody of detectives.”
His bail hearing will be taking place later today. However, his lawyer believes he has the right to be seen as innocent until proven guilty.

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” his attorneys said in a statement.

He went on to state that they intend on mounting an aggressive defence for Jussie Smollett m

“Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

VP Osinbajo Shows Support For Sick Baba Suwe, See Amount He Donated

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has donated the sum of N1million for the treatment of ailing actor Baba Suwe who is currently battling chronic diabetes.

Since the news of his illness broke few days ago, the actor has received tremendous support from his colleagues and well wishers. According to actor Yomi Fabiyi, millions have been raised so far.
Part of those who have contributed for Baba Suwe’s treatment is VP Yemi Osinbajo who made his donation through the Office of the Youth Organising Secretary, APC Lagos, Aregbe Idris.

While making the donation, Osinbajo offered a prayer for the speedy recovery of the actor and also urged more Nigerians to support him.
“God is to us a God of deliverance; and death has no power over your life. I am positive that his healing hands will restore your health and cast out every form of infirmity in your body,” Osinbajo said.

Woman Shares Testimony Of How She Found Snake Inside Her House Where Her Children Slept

A Nigerian woman has taken to Facebook to share the testimony of how God saved her children after she found a snake in her house.

The woman identified as Chisom Chiedozie said she found the snake inside her living room just few hours after she carried her children to their room from the mat they were sleeping on in the living room.
She shared:

“And you tell me there’s no God abi?just few minutes ago I saw this snake inside our living room.God has a way of saving his children,he is God and not man,this mat was on the floor few hours ago,my kids was laying on it then my kids slept I took them to the their room to sleep,what if the snake pentrated and bit them without me knowing since they are asleep,what if the Gen is not on?what if I didn’t see it and it crawls inside the bedroom and hide somewhere?my girl was even on the floor few minutes before we saw it,what would I have told her people,so many what if I swear, lately I enjoy sleeping on the mat cos of the hot weather,God saved me and my family,I can’t thank you enough father.he that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.”

NEWS UPDATE: INEC Release Number of Registered Voters and Collected PVCs

The Independent National Electoral Commission says 72, 775, 502 Nigerians now have Permanent Voter Cards.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

He said, “Out of 84, 004, 084 registered voters, 72, 775, 502 have PVCs”

This is 86.63 per cent of registered voters, who collected their PVCs.

According to INEC, 11, 228, 582 PVCs remain uncollected as of today.

Yakubu said all the uncollected cards had been deposited at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

According to the commission, Lagos has the highest number of collected PVCs which stands at 5.5 million while Ekiti State with 666,591 cards has the lowest.

2019 Elections: 'Arrest Tinubu Now', Organization Charges Security Agencies

Prominent Non-Governmental Organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has charged security agencies to arrest the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

The group said this while reacting to a leaked video in which Tinubu promised to offer monetary rewards to potential voters who would have voted for the incumbent president.

In a statement by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group while urging Nigerians to cast their votes based on clean conscience, bearing in mind that Nigeria has become the world’s capital of poverty and also very unsafe, accused security agencies of playing double standard and behaving like APC slaves by not inviting the party chieftain for questioning.
The group said it was regrettable that a nation which has some of the most religious people is deeply entrenched in the criminal and the morally reprehensible acts of accepting bribes from rogue politicians so as to mortgage their consciences to vote for such bribe givers.

The statement partly reads, “It is sad that the institution of the law enforcement have become like armed guards of the party that produced the incumbent president by either chasing after leading political opponents of president Buhari or engaging in the illegal profiling of Igbo speaking officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since after the botched February 16th election even when the Niece of president Buhari in INEC Mrs. Amina Zakari reportedly heads the logistics and operations committee in the electoral commission blamed for the surreptitious eleventh hour’s postponement of the long scheduled February 16th 2019 presidential and National Assembly Polls.”

The group, however, challenged electorates to consider the issues of ballooning poverty; high youth unemployment and widespread insecurity including unrelenting terrorists attacks and armed Fulani killings in the last three years as necessary factors that should govern their choices before they cast their votes given that the future of Nigeria is at stake.

CJN Onnoghen: Cross River Drags Buhari Government To Court

The Cross River State Government led by Governor Ben Ayade has approached the Supreme Court challenging the six-count charge against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen for non-declaration of assets.
The suit was filed by the Attorney General of Cross River State on behalf of the state government, reports The Sun.

The Government wants the court to set aside the suspension and trial of Justice Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, FRN, and the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF were joined as defendants in the suit marked SC/45/2019.

Nigeria Decides: Opposition Flooding Nigeria With Foreign Currencies To Rig Election, Buhari Cries Out

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed astonishment at the huge amount of foreign currency flooding the country intending to influence the general elections beginning on Saturday.

President Buhari spoke during the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting Wednesday.

In the President’s speech obtained, he accused some politicians of flouting money laundering regulations in their desperate bid to capture political power.
President Buhari, however, commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for successfully tracking the money in “millions of United States dollars.”

The EFCC success followed the presidential directive to investigative agencies to probe a number of high profile cases.

Reassuring the nation of his administration’s determination to wage a relentless war against money laundering and terrorists financing, the President again appealed to Nigerians, especially politicians to place the interest of the country above all others, as they troop out to cast their votes in the coming elections.

Rivers Elections: You Risk Ending Up In Jail, APC Chieftain Warns INEC Boss, Yakubu

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has warned that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, risks jail term if he (Yakubu) refuses to enlist the party in the Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

Eze advised the INEC boss not to allow misleading interpretations of court judgements on Rivers elections put him into judicial troubles.

Eze, a former spokesperson of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, gave the advice in a statement forwarded on Thursday.

He decried the statement of Prof Yakubu on the participation of the Rivers APC in the elections, to the effect that the party would not be fielding candidates in the elections in Rivers.
He said there was no judgement of the Supreme Court barring the APC from fielding candidates in the elections, adding that if the INEC chairman allowed himself to be misled and used by those he described as enemies of true democracy and rob Rivers people the opportunity of making a choice they would prefer in the elections, the legal repercussions might be what he would live to regret all through his remaining days on earth.

He reiterated that INEC has no reason not to include the governorship, federal and state assembly candidates in the rescheduled general elections, citing various decisions of higher courts to justify the party’s position, and saying the INEC should include APC in the ballot without further delay.

“Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, wherein he committed to obey a so-called judgment of the Supreme Court, mysteriously premised on error, falsehood and deliberately misleading as there is no Supreme Court judgment anywhere authorizing INEC to delist APC candidates in Rivers state.

“With this fact, I am advising the INEC leadership not to constitute themselves into enemies of democracy by obeying a non-existent Supreme Court judgment. Hence the chairman of INEC must be well guided by credible evidence and not mere media misrepresentations and misinterpretation, which are mischievously aimed at destroying an entire political future of a State.

“For the records, APC had, in a letter, which was addressed to the INEC Chairman, dated February 19, through its like; Messrs Tuduru Ede and Co, argued that the APC duly submitted the list of its candidates for Rivers state for the 2019 general elections in line with the timetable and schedule of activities released by the commission,” Eze said.

Europa League: Chelsea Squad To Face Malmo Revealed [Full List]

Chelsea have released their line-up that will tackle Malmo in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge.
According to Goal, Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri released a list of 20 players.

Chelsea head to the game following a 2-1 victory over Malmo in the first-leg encounter last week.

Below is the Chelsea squad against Malmo:

Goalkeepers: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Cumming

Defenders: Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Christensen, Ampadu, Emerson

Midfielders: Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic

Forwards: Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain

The kick-off time for the match is 9 pm.
 
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