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18.9.18

Ojukwu's Family Supports Bianca Over Senatorial Ambition

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Ojukwu's Family Supports Bianca Over Senatorial Ambition
Bianca Ojukwu
 
The senatorial ambition of the widow of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Bianca, has put a spanner in the family of the ex-Biafran leader, Daily Sun reports.
 
It was gathered that the attack by some of the Ikemba Nnewi’s children did not go down well with greater number of family members as an elder in the larger Ojukwu family, yesterday, distanced himself from their action.
 
He described it as ignoble.
 
Pa Anthony Nnadozie Ojukwu, who said he is number three in the larger Ojukwu family, blamed Emeka Ojukwu Jnr. for the friction, even as he said the issue was hyped by the media.
 
Pa Ojukwu, who said he would soon clock 80, explained that the late Odumegwu Ojukwu’s father, Sir Louis Ojukwu, was his uncle and that what is happening in Ojukwu’s family is a matter of personal interest which, he noted, could not be termed as disunity.
 
According to him, if Ojukwu’s family was not in peace, that would be confirmed by the elders in the family, including himself.
 
He, however, explained that the difficulty elders in the family had encountered while intervening in the seeming misunderstanding between Bianca and Ojukwu’s son was that the latter had relocated to Abuja, which he said made it difficult for any discussion to take place, as not all discussions could be done over the telephone.
 
The octogenarian said the family welcomed Bianca’s political ambition wholeheartedly, and emphasised that they recognised Bianca as an achiever who has been the pride of the family.
 
“He said nobody should stop her in her quest to go to the National Assembly.

“No one is against it, except Emeka junior. Emeka made the greatest mistake joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) instead of finding a way to realign with Governor Willie Obiano to keep pace in the family.

“Without consulting anybody, he jumped to the APC. We don’t like the action. At least, we elders in the family should have been consulted.
 
“Of course, in politics there is no permanent enemy, but permanent interest.

“He was pursuing his interest. But, when he saw that Bianca was gaining bigger recognition by the governor, he, then, decided to join the APC.

“And when he did, Bianca got closer to Obiano and she is now in the forefront much more than Emeka.

“We have no quarrel with Bianca’s political ambition. She is our beautiful wife, intelligent and she has the right to express her political ambition.
 
“Ojukwu allowed her when he was alive. (Chief Christian) Onoh, her father, allowed her when he was alive. In the whole of Ojukwu’s dynasty, I am number three now. We all felt disappointed in Emeka’s action of joining the APC. We will only call him to order, when we see him. We will sit him down and talk to him,”he said.
 
Asked whether any attempt had been made to settle the feud between Emeka junior and Ojukwu’s widow, Pa Ojukwu retorted: “Which one? Is it domestic, economic or political feud?

“As far as I’m concerned, there is no political feud.

“He has a domestic friction with his father’s wife, Bianca. And the friction is chequered. That is why intervention is difficult.”
 
Another member of the family, an Anambra-based medical doctor, who declined to be named, also distanced himself from the attack. He insisted Emeka is on his own.
 
Meanwhile, a group, Oke Ndigbo, has flayed Ikemba’s children for denigrating their late father’s name by harassing his widow, Bianca, over the legality of their marriage.

Liverpool vs PSG: Firmino Out With Eye Injury

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Liverpool vs PSG: Firmino Out With Eye Injury
Liverpool and PSG stars
 
Roberto Firmino could miss out as Liverpool open their Champions League campaign with a home game against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, SkySports reports.
 
The Brazilian suffered an eye injury from a clash with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen in Saturday's 2-1 win at Wembley.
 
Firmino was replaced during the game and is now a doubt to face PSG in Liverpool's Group C opener, having also not trained on Monday.
 
Asked if Firmino will be available, Klopp said: "No, not definitely. If we played today, no chance, but we all hope that there is a chance until tomorrow.
 
"So that is good news, that he will be close for the game, because when everybody saw the picture after the game we were all shocked. When we had first-time contact with him again he was in hospital, it was a big relief for all of us.
 
"He will be fine. We only don't know exactly when. So another 30 hours roundabout until the game and we will see how it develops."
 
Big-spending PSG have so far failed to deliver in the Champions League, losing in the round of 16 in the last two seasons.
 
However, Klopp still rates them among the best sides in Europe. "PSG are one of the favourites for the competition that's for sure. This team is built for winning the Champions League. It will be an interesting game for sure.
"With the players they have and the manager they have, they all brought it together to go as far as possible in the Champions League and we are aware of that.
 
"Winning the first game is always an advantage, but we haven't won it yet - we have to play it and it will be really difficult."
 
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Daniel Sturridge could be handed a rare opportunity if Firmino is ruled out. "He will be ready," Klopp said of Sturridge, who has made four substitute appearances this season.
 
"If Bobby can't play, Dom (Solanke) and Divock (Origi) can't, then we are short of options. They got little injuries in the under-23 game with Swansea."
 
Kylian Mbappe is expected to return for PSG after he was suspended for Friday's 4-0 victory over St-Etienne.
 
Neymar also did not play at the weekend as he was rested, and Klopp said: "He will be 100 per cent fresh for us and we will see the full Neymar package."

Arsenal Announce New CEO As Gazidis Joins AC Milan

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Arsenal Announce New CEO As Gazidis Joins AC Milan
Ivan Gazidis
 
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has resigned to join AC Milan, the Premier League club have announced.
 
The 54-year-old will step down at the end of October, following a decade at Emirates Stadium, and take up the same role at Milan, who were recently taken over by American company Elliott Management, on December 1.
 
Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham will head up football operations at Arsenal, taking up the head of football and managing director roles respectively.
Sanllehi, a former director of football at Barcelona, joined the Gunners as head of football relations in February, while Venkatesham is currently the club's chief commercial officer.
 
Gazidis headed up the interview process that led to Unai Emery's appointment as head coach, succeeding long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.
 
His overhaul of Arsenal's structure, including the appointments of Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, arguably helped to herald the end of the Wenger era as a degree of power was wrestled away from the veteran Frenchman, and Gazidis has described his pending departure as "the hardest decision of my life".
 
"For the last 10 years I have been privileged to dedicate myself to this great club. Arsenal is entering a new chapter and I have done everything I can to ensure that it is strongly placed to take on that challenge," he said in a statement on Arsenal's official website.
 
"This includes world-class facilities and outstanding leaders in every sector who carry the values of the club, including, of course, Unai Emery, Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham, in whom I have enormous faith.

"Although it is very hard to do - the hardest decision of my life - I believe that, after 10 years, it is the right time for me to step aside to allow new leadership, energy and ideas to take the club forward into this exciting new era.
 
"While this is the most difficult and challenging course for me, I am excited to see what the future holds for this great club.

"After so many years at Major League Soccer and Arsenal, I am now looking forward to joining one of the world’s other great clubs, AC Milan, and working to restore it to its rightful place in football. Until then, I will continue to devote absolutely all my energy until my last day to ensure an orderly transition for the benefit of Arsenal Football Club."
 
Meanwhile, chairman Chips Keswick believes the club are in a stronger position thanks to Gazidis, but is confident about the change in direction.
 
"Ivan has led Arsenal with skill and dedication and leaves us in a strong position," he said. "The club has been transformed and he has recruited talented people, such as Raul, Vinai and of course Unai Emery, who will take us to future success.”

Real Reason Why Buhari Is Obtaining Loans From China - Aide

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Real Reason Why Buhari Is Obtaining Loans From China - Aide
President Muhammadu Buhari
 
Nigeria needs the loan from China to correct infrastructure deficit, achieve economic recovery as well as its growth plan within the shortest time frame.
 
Mrs Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, the Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reform Sector/National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership, said this when she reacted to criticisms that loan from China would mortgage the future of the country.
 
Ibekaku-Nwagwu, a Senatorial aspirant in Enugu West on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, said this in Enugu on Tuesday.
 
“How can we genuinely experience any economic growth without infrastructural development, especially when the country lacks the capacity to fund such under this current economic crunch?

“World over, developed countries build their economies by augmenting with foreign loans, so long there is a well-structured plan to repay. President Muhammadu Buhari has the discipline and prudency to manage such funds.

“The problem we experienced under previous administrations was that they were reckless in spending, especially when they borrowed to service recurrent expenditures which gave room for such monies to end up in the pockets of individuals.’’
 
She said that Buhari’s administration had tied each loan to specific capital projects with terms and conditions of contract clearly spelt out with prospective contractors before China releasesd such funds.
 
According to her, some of the debts incurred are self-liquidating.
 
“It is better to collect a loan and use it to build standard roads that can be repaid with monies collected from toll-gates than allowing such roads in deplorable conditions.”
 
On the complaint that projects to be financed with such loans would go to Chinese firms, she said that the bottom line was delivering quality projects and not who gets what.
 
“They must justify the huge tax payers’ funds they are giving out as loans by creating employment for her citizens and ensuring that Chinese firms are awarded the contracts.
 
Nigeria’s partnership with China, she added, had resulted in the execution of vital projects on infrastructure valued at over five billion dollars across the country in the last three years.
 
Ibekaku-Nwagwu said that the projects were in the areas of infrastructure, human capacity development, power, transport and agriculture.
 
She urged the people of Enugu West to support the President and his aspiration to help make appropriate legislation in the 9th Assembly for the good governance of the zone and the country at large.

11.9.18

2019: Another group of Nigerians to raise N1Billion for President Buhari’s primaries

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2019: Another group of Nigerians to raise N1Billion for President Buhari?s primaries
Barely a week after some Nigerians and groups jostled to obtain the Presidential Nomination form and expression of Interest form for President Buhari, which NCAN won the race eventually by outsmarting many Nigerians and groups to get.

Now as President Buhari prepares for party primaries, many Nigerians and groups have indicated interests and aligned to fund President Muhammadu Buharis primaries with a crowd fundraising target of one billion naira.

The crowd fundraising target of One Billion Naira is tagged Nigerians Fund PMB 2019 Primaries and is to be coordinated by Buhari 2019 Door to Door Ambassadors. According to Chris Kohol, the Director General of the coordinating organization, the crowd funding campaign is initiated by good & patriotic Nigerians to appreciate President Muhammadu Buharis personality and sterling leadership achievements.

Buhari 2019 Door-To-Door Ambassadors is a voluntary socio-political organization birthed chiefly to promote and propagate President Muhammadu Buharis sterling administrative achievements through door-to-door outreach, campaigns and other innovative and strategic means towards ensuring victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections. The organization currently has over 4 Million PVC carrying memberships across the country just within 5 months of it establishment & target 37 Million members across 36 States and FCT as the organization embark on full membership mobilization early next month.

According to an official statement released by the coordinating organization, the crowd fundraising targets One Billion Naira for President Muhammadu Buharis primaries and will start from Monday 10th September, 2018, by 10am and end on Monday 17th September, 2018, by 7:00pm. Channels of the crowd funding includes online payment, bank transfers/deposits and short code SMS.

The Director General of Buhari 2019 Door to Door Ambassadors, Chris Kohol, disclosed that the crowd fundraising exercise will be highly transparent as Economic & Financial Crime Commission (EFFC), the Department of State Services (DSS), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization 2019 and Buhari Support Organizations (BSO) have been notified of the crowd funding exercise and have been invited to monitor and audit the One Billion Naira crowd funding project for President Muhammadu Buhari, making it highly transparent and the first of its kind in Nigeria.
"President Muhammadu Buhari as a man of integrity and honour has said severally and demonstrated many times that he will not touch any Kobo of the public funds unlike some past leaders to facilitate his reelection bid, hence Nigerians are keen to crowd fund One Billion Naira for his Presidential primaries to enable him apply the funds to campaign transportation/logistics, campaign materials, non-volunteers salaries, media, advertisement and other key expenses during the Presidential primaries and convention" Chris Kohol said.
He further stated that the planned gesture for President Buhari is as a result of his good sterling leadership achievements evident in the areas of security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption war, massive infrastructural development among others.

He hinted that the donated funds will be presented to President Buhari on 18th September, 2018, by about 37 delegate donors representing the huge numbers of donors and each state of the federation.

It could be recalled that in 2008 President Barack Obama raised about $778,642,962 for his Presidential campaign and in 2012 again he raised over one billion US dollars for his reelection campaign. The coordinating group said that they hope to see how President Buhari matches President Obamas record.

Boxing champion, Oscar De La Hoya hints at U.S. presidential seat

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'If Kanye West can do it, why not me' - Boxing champion, Oscar De La Hoya hints at U.S. presidential seat
Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has said that he is considering contesting for the U.S. presidential seat to add to his collection of titles.

“I am actually very serious and I strongly feel that if a Kanye West can do it and announce and maybe tease the world that he would maybe one day want to run for president, why not me,” he said in a video released by TMZ.

The former Olympian who won gold in 1992, has been retired from professional boxing since 2009, but has remained heavily involved in the game as a promoter for his company, “Golden Boy Promotions.”

“I’ve had literally, over the years, ever since I became a professional in boxing, I’ve had millions of people tell me, ‘Look, why don’t you represent? Why don’t you stand up and have a bigger voice?’ And obviously the biggest voice you can have is being president,” he said in the video.

De La Hoya, from East Los Angeles, said if his team brought him some encouraging statistics he would make it official and announce his run. His comments should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as the former champion is in heavy promotional mode ahead of the middleweight championship fight his company is showcasing Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Kano police arrest members of a WhatsApp group circulating fake news (Photos)

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Photos: Kano police arrest members of a WhatsApp group circulating fake news
The Kano State Police Command has arrested an Administrator and members of a WhatsApp Group for circulating fake news and an image of a married woman whom they claimed was trafficking children in the city. The Spokesperson of the Police in the State, Superintendent of Police Magaji Musa Maaji told PRNigeria that the suspects were arrested and paraded after the victim of the circulated image lodged a formal complaint to the Police Command.
“We received a complaint from a married woman and a civil servant, Mrs Bushirat Madaki, that her picture is being shared on WhatsApp group with the intent to malign and incite the public against her. Upon receiving the complaint, the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Rabiu Yusuf ordered an immediate investigation by a special team who were able to trace and arrest three married suspects a man and two women for circulating the fake and offensive information.
When confronted over the petition against them, the suspects admitted that the image and material on the woman were shared and forwarded in their group. “They also admitted that they didn’t know the woman in person and have never had interaction with her before distributing the image and the story. They, therefore, sought forgiveness. “For now, the Police Command has granted the suspects bails because the offence his bailable while further investigation is ongoing. “The police command is also currently providing security cover for the innocent woman for fear of mob attacks because her image and the false report on her have gone viral.”

The police spokesperson said it is an offence to share and circulate fake news that could undermine national security or incite the public against innocent people.
“We call on social media users to be wary of what they receive and share or forward on social media, especially WhatsApp. We should guard against the misuse of social media platforms by sharing and forwarding objectionable or fake messages.” he said.

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