Sunday, May 27, 2018

Atiku Acquires Office For Presidential Campaign

The political machinery of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is in top gear ahead of the 2019 presidential race with the acquisition of a massive office complex in Abuja for his campaign.

The five storey building, The Nation gathered authoritatively, is located on Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent at the intersection of Wuse and Maitama areas of the Federal Capital Territory.

Multiple sources familiar with the development said serious action on Atiku’s presidential ambition should be expected once the Ramadan is over.

Sources also said Atiku’s supporters are currently holding informal but high-powered meetings in Dubai and Saudi Arabia on how to actualize his ambition.

Atiku hopes to seek the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

NewPDP Gives APC, Presidency Fresh Conditions

Aggrieved leaders of the nPDP component of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have compiled a fresh list of complaints which they want the ruling party to resolve immediately.

The additional grievances are expected to be tabled at a crucial meeting between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and leaders of the nPDP in Abuja today or tomorrow.

Top of the new list of complaints are grudges about the conduct of the recent state congresses of the party and alleged refusal of the party leadership to stamp its feet on parallel congresses in some states, The Nation gathered.

The original complaint is alleged marginalization of nPDP members in the sharing of positions and patronage.

The nPDP had, in a letter, given the APC leadership a one week ultimatum to address the issue failing which they threatened to dump the ruling party.

The upcoming meeting with the VP is the latest of the efforts to resolve the crisis in the ruling APC.

It is coming ahead of a two/three week timeline agreed by both parties during previous discussions to address the nPDP grievances.

A source called it an “upscale follow up to the earlier meeting with the APC leadership.”

Shedding light on the agenda of the planned meeting, the source said: “our grievances have increased to include the following:

  • Grudges on the conduct of state congresses
  • Alleged refusal of the party leadership to stamp its feet on parallel congresses in some states
  • In the constitution of the Federal Executive Council, (FEC) the nPDP block was generally sidelined as virtually no position was conceded to it. The only member of FEC that belongs to it comes from a state that contributed virtually no vote to the APC in the 2015 presidential elections.
  • There has been no significant patronage and appointment to executive positions in various government agencies such as Chief Executives and Executive Directors of government agencies and parastatals as members of our block of the party continue to watch helplessly as these positions are shared to erstwhile CPC, ACN, ANPP and even APGA blocks of the party and those who have no party at all.
  • In appointments into boards of various government agencies, very few former New PDP members are patronized. These are however not commensurate with our contribution to the growth and victory of the party.
  • When members of the nPDP block showed interest in running for the offices of President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, they were subjected to a vicious and relentless political opposition as if they were not legitimate members of the APC family.
  • During the party primaries preparatory to the 2015 General Elections, most of the promises made to sitting members of the National Assembly, who belonged to nPDP in terms of a level playing field were reneged upon or observed more in breach.
  • There has been a general lack of consultation, non-recognition and even persecution of nPDP members and leaders by the party and government. For example, some of our leaders are denied the security cover necessary to visit their constituencies even though they are elected representatives of the people in a government they sacrificed so much for.
  • Harassment, intimidation and persecution of nPDP leaders by the government, is still an ongoing affair. We do not want to over state the obvious by cataloguing names of nPDP stalwarts that are targets of this political pogrom.

Expected at the planned session with the VP are Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara; Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, ex-Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, ex-Governor Murtala Nyako, ex-Chairman of nPDP, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, senators, members of the House of Representatives and other top leaders of nPDP.

A strong member of nPDP Senator Aliyu Wammako is not likely to attend as he is currently in Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj, Umrah.

“After the engagement with the APC leadership, we were told that there will be a meeting either on Sunday or Monday with the Vice President,” the source said.

He added: “this is a high-level session which will involve the key actors in nPDP like Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal, Kwankwaso,Wammako, Nyako, Senators and members of the House of Representatives.

“I think ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar might not be involved because he seems to have made up his mind to foreclose any talks with the presidency and the APC leadership.

“This is a continuation of the ongoing engagement between the APC leadership and nPDP leaders on the way forward.”

The source explained that the two sides agreed on a timeline of two to three weeks to resolve all issues raised by nPDP.

“The APC wanted a three-week timeframe,” the source said.

“At the last meeting of nPDP, there was a suggestion that Baraje should report back to nPDP in one week but leaders later agreed on a two-week timeline.”

The source also clarified that the May 23, 2018 session was not attended by only nPDP members but by also aggrieved party leaders, Senators and Representatives from the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

The meeting was specifically attended by those who have concerns about state congresses. Some of us, who are not members of nPDP Caucus, went to the meeting because we were dissatisfied with the outcome of the congresses in our states.

“Some of us had peculiarities in our states which the APC leadership has not addressed. It was a cocktail of lamentations over the conduct of the congresses.”

The concerns were over the credibility of the exercise.

“We agreed that we need to interact with the party to see whether or not it can ameliorate the situation before the next steps by the disappointed stakeholders.

“But at the session, Baraje was asked to brief the gathering. He told us how they went to APC and were attended to by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu and the National Secretary of the party, Mallam Mai Mala Buni.

“He told us that the engagement process was still ongoing. It was then members were trying to prevail on Baraje to report back in one week and decide on the next line of action. But the majority opted for a two-week grace.”

Baraje, in a statement, only confirmed that he had briefed nPDP leaders at a session on May 23 on the interaction with APC leadership.

Why President Buhari Celebrated Abacha - Dele Momodu

Businessman Dele Momodu took to social media to disclose what he believes is the reason President Muhammadu Buhari recently spoke highly of the late dictator, General Sani Abacha.

Momodu while responding to Reno Omokri, ex-aide of former president Goodluck Jonathan, who had asked him what he feels with Buhari “hero worshipping Abacha” said the reason could be because Buhari is Abacha's big fan.

Omokri had asked him: “Dear @DeleMomodu You were chased away from Nigeria by Abacha. Abacha’s killer squad killed your friends Kudirat Abiola, Alfred Rewane, Maj General Shehu Musa Yar’adua (rtd) Bagauda Kaltho, Sola Omatsola amongst others. How do you feel now that Buhari is hero worshipping Abacha?”

Dele Momodu replied: “Abacha was his boss and he’s always been his big fan… It was also a smart way of responding to those who alleged that he fumbled as the head of PTF…”

Saturday, May 26, 2018

EFCC Begins Investigation Into Obasanjo's $16bn Power Project

Following representations made by some civil society groups, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has set machinery in motion to probe the controversy surrounding the $16 billion allegedly spent on power projects during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The anti-graft agency may invite two ex-ministers, former top officials of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), present and past officials of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and all the people recommended for investigation by a committee of the House of Representatives.

But a top source, who spoke in confidence, said the move was not targeted at ex-President Obasanjo.

According to findings by Nation correspondent, the EFCC might conduct a forensic and comprehensive investigation into the alleged $16 billion power projects.

The scope of the investigation includes the total cost of the projects, how much was withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), the total number of contracts awarded, the extent of compliance with due process and the status of the execution of all the projects.

A top source, who spoke in confidence yesterday, said: “We are looking into all the allegations and issues surrounding the power projects.

“We will conduct a comprehensive and forensic probe to ascertain the true status of all the projects.

“This investigation will actually ascertain how much has been spent so far.

Kourtney Kardashian Flaunts Abs In Crop Top As She Meets Friends In Calabasas

She is the eldest Kardashian sister who's known for being a hands-on mom.

But Kourtney Kardashian was seen without her three little ones as she went out for lunch at the delicatessen Lovi's in Calabasas, California yesterday.

The 39-year-old television personality looked fit as she arrived to meet her friends dressed in black yoga pants that showed of her enviable derriere and a cropped top that displayed her flat stomach

Photo: Tekno & Girlfriend, Lola Rae Welcome A Child Together

Singers Tekno and Lola Rae are now parents. The duo who started dating in 2017 have now welcomed a child together. Tekno posted a photo showing his hand and part of the baby's face with alot of heart emoji's and the name Skye. He also immediately posted another photo, which is that of Lola and wrote;

“You are the strongest!!! I love you”.

Coronation Street Star, Alex Bain, 16, Set To Become A Father As Teenage GF Announces Pregnancy

Coronation Street star Alex Bain, 16, is expecting a child with his teenage girlfriend, who is 12 weeks pregnant.

Levi Selby, also 16, announced her pregnancy on social media on Thursday afternoon with a picture of a recent ultrasound.

The Blackburn resident said her due date was December 8 and received dozens of congratulations comments in reply.

Alex, who has played the lovable Simon Barlow for 10 years after joining in 2008, has yet to say anything publicly about his impending fatherhood.

However, a source close to the child star told The Sun: 'Alex has been telling everyone he's going to be a father. He isn't keeping it a secret.'

'It's hard to tell if he's happy about it or not but he's definitely not ashamed of it.'

However, the source implied it was a distraction from the GCSE Alex was studying for at his school in Lancashire.

'Some people have been saying how young he is to be having a baby. It only happened to one other person at his school in recent years so it is pretty shocking,' they said.

79-Year Old Actress Collapses Live On Stage

Actress Maureen Lipman has fainted on stage during a West End performance. Currently appearing in the political drama The Best Man, written by Gore Vidal, she had not been on stage long when she was taken ill.

One audience member said it was about 10 minutes into the production at the Playhouse Theatre in central London when Lipman said: 'I'm not feeling very well.'

An employee at the theatre said: 'She did faint, but everything seems to be fine, she did not go to hospital or anything, she just went home for the evening.'

Quizzed on how Lipman was, they said: 'I did not see anything wrong, she was alert and talked normally - I don't know why she fainted but as far as I could tell she seemed fine.'

It is understood the show stopped for around 10 minutes after she became unwell, restarting with someone else playing her character.

Chris Brown 'Splashes Out $30,000 On His Daughter's Lavish 4th Birthday

Chris Brown has reportedly spent $30,000 on his daughter Royalty's very extravagant fourth birthday bash being hosted on Sunday.

Disney princesses as well as a horse and carriage are said to be attending the glitzy soirée where party-goers can choose from a plush menu to eat.

According to TMZ, the musician, 29, has set aside his differences with the mother of his daughter, Nia Guzman to host a joint party for Royalty.

The former flames, who endured a bitter lengthy custody war which saw Chris' ex denied full custody of their daughter, leading to the duo sharing custody of the tot, used to throw their own parties in the past.

All of the Disney princesses from Aladdin's Jasmine to Cinderella as well as the fairy godmother are going to be making an appearance, TMZ reported.

Rising R&B singer Tone Stith will perform at the glamorous party and no one would raise any eyebrows if her rapper dad decided to throw some bars at the bash.

Chris has developed a close relationship with his daughter ever since his ex Nia brought her into the world in the summer of 2014.

Speaking from the heart back in 2015, the rapper claimed fatherhood had changed him for the better as he revealed Royalty 'mellows' him out.

He said on Ryan Seacrest's radio show: 'It's actually great. It's very humbling. You know, it's very calming. I think I was a lot, you know, rambunctious, very hyper as a kid but now seeing that 10 times over, my daughter's kinda like mellowing me out.'

Photos From Footballer Emenike & Iheoma Nnadi's Church Wedding In Lekki, Lagos

Footballer Emmanuel Emenike and Ex-Beauty Queen Iheoma Nnadi just got married at the Divine Mercy Catholic church in Lekki, Lagos. Below are more photos from the ceremony... We say big congrats to the couple.

Court Orders IGP, Police To Pay Delta Family N20m Over Murder

A Delta State High Court sitting in Sapele has ordered the Inspector-General of Police and the Nigeria Police to pay the family of a 41-year-old mechanic, late Samson Efe, from Aghalokpe town in Okpe Local Government Area of the state the sum of N20m for their roles in the death of the deceased.

Efe, who reportedly died at the cell of the State Police Command headquarters in Asaba on November 18, 2018 following his arrest by operatives Anti-Kidnap Section of the State Criminal Investigations Department on November 12, 2016 at his mechanic workshop in Sapele.

The deceased who slumped and died before his family could raise the N150,000 demanded by the police operatives before he could be granted bail was reported to have been tortured while in their custody with the claim that he died of heart attack according to police report.

The police without the consent of the deceased family had conducted a postmortem examination on the corpse of the late mechanic whose report claimed that the deceased died of heart attack and was thereafter buried by the Police.

However, the court in a judgment delivered by Hon. Justice A. O. Omamogho last Wednesday ( May 23, 2018) in Suit No: S/6/2017 involving the father of the deceased, Chief Lucky Efe Oseahweke Vs. Inspector General of Police and others awarded the sum of N20m as damages to the Oseahweke family.

The state police had also ignored an earlier order of the High Court No. 1, Sapele directing that the corpse of the deceased be exhumed for a joint postmortem examination to be conducted by Police pathologist and that of the family of the deceased.

A lawyer to the family of the deceased, Oghenejabor Ikimi, in a statement said the police also refused to defend the suit which subsequently led to the judgment in favour of the claimant.

According to the statement, “The Police (Defendants) refused to defend the said suit and on Wednesday the 23rd day of May, 2018 Judgment was entered in favour of the Claimant after the adoption of final written address from Mrs. O. J. Egbo of Ikimi Oghenejabor & Co., Legal Practitioners for the Claimant.

“We sincerely hope that the above judgment would teach the Nigeria Police on how to protect lives and properties of Nigerian

Cholera Outbreak In Yobe Can Affect Thousands, UN Warns

The United Nations on Friday raised the alarm that the cholera outbreak in Yobe State could affect thousands of people.

Hence, the organisation said it had allocated $2m through its Nigeria Humanitarian Fund to support the response to the disease in the state.

In a statement by the Head of Communications, OCHA Nigeria, Samantha Newport, the body said, “Since the beginning of the outbreak, which was officially declared in four local government areas on March 28, a total of 404 cases and 15 deaths have been reported, representing a 3.7 per cent case fatality rate.

“The United Nations and its partners activated an immediate emergency response in the affected communities in support of the state Ministry of Health. However, additional resources are needed to ensure that the outbreak is contained, especially ahead of the rainy season when the risk of outbreak and spread of water-borne diseases are higher.”

The statement also quoted the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, as saying, “Cholera outbreak can potentially impact and kill thousands of people who are living in overcrowded places such as camps for internally displaced persons.

“Surveillance and early detection are key to limiting the number of fatalities and the spread of the outbreak,” he added.


Lady Beaten By Fiance To The Extent That She Was Hospitalized Cancels Wedding

Nawa o. A beautiful Twitter user has narrated how her fiance beat her so much that she was hospitalized. Though she didn't explain what happened, she says after leaving the hospital she was forced to cancel the wedding, She had earlier announced her wedding would take place in 5 months, making her come back to the same social media to explain it has been cancelled.

Though her husband's family wanted her to hide her injuries so the wedding plans could go on, she refused and said she was out, Her tweets after the cut..

Photos: Amir Khan & Wife Give Their Mansion A Makeover, Shows It Off...

They are cementing their relationship by creating the perfect family home after hitting the headlines with their tumultuous marriage last year.

And Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom took to Instagram this week to proudly unveil the transformation of their multi-million pound mansion in Bolton.

The boxer, 31, shared a series of before and after snaps of their plush master bedroom, while Faryal, 26, teased fans with a look at their living room.

Showing the progress of the makeover, Amir posted a snap of candy cane striped walls and a dated built-in wardrobe alongside its sumptuous revamp.

Featuring soft greys, the master bedroom is decked out with luxurious purple sofas, a perfectly-preened king-sized bed, white floral bouquets and soft cushions.

The I'm A Celeb star thanked the team who worked on the interior design, saying 'everything was just as we imagined'.

Meanwhile Faryal, who gave birth to their baby daughter Alanya last month, also posted a before and after snap of their living room.

Way You Are - NPK

Khloe Kardashian Excludes Tristan's Name From Anniversary Card Sent To Kim

She's been sharing meaningful quotes on social media amid claims her relationship with cheating Tristan Thompson has hit another rough patch.

And Khloe Kardashian gave another hint that all might not be so well with the NBA player on Friday as she left Tristan's name off a card she sent to sister Kim.

The 33-year-old new mom, who welcomed baby True last month with the Cleveland Cavaliers player, sent some roses to Kim for her anniversary with husband Kanye.

The accompanying card read: 'Happy anniversary Kimye. Love always wins!! Love KoKo and True'.

Kim shared snaps of the beautiful blush hued blooms to her Instagram along with a glimpse of the sweet note.

It came after Khloe appeared to allude to her relationship with Tristan on Thursday as she shared some quotes to Instagram.

Posting to Instagram stories, she wrote: 'Something you've been praying for is about to happen for you. You've had enough lessons. You've been patient long enough.

'You've remained strong through many trials and challenges. Nothing broke you. You’re still here standing strong. Now is the time for you to start receiving.'

The passage sounded like it could be an excerpt from her horoscope, or maybe was meant as motivation.

But while Khloe wrote about being 'patient long enough', it doesn't seem as if she has plans to move on from Tristan, having recently welcomed the love rat back into the Cleveland home she shares with their baby daughter True.

However, it's being claimed that the couple are fighting all the time since Khloe decided to forgive the athlete for cheating on her with multiple women while she was pregnant.

'Khloé and Tristan are fighting constantly. All the time,' a source told Us Weekly.

'She doesn’t know how she’s going to rebuild trust in him. She knows her family and friends aren’t supporting him or her right now.'

According to the insider the Kardashian-Jenner clan is fed up with Tristan's behavior.

Kim, 37, recently revealed that the NBA player had blocked her on social media after she called the situation 'so f**ked up' during an appearance on The Ellen Show.

The source continued to dish that Khloe is sick of hearing it from her family and that Kim has been the most protective one of the bunch.

Nicki Minaj JOKING About Dating Eminem

Nicki Minaj was telling a fat fib when she seemingly revealed to a fan she and Eminem were officially dating. Minaj set the internet on fire Friday after responding "yes" to a fan who asked her, "You dating Eminem???" on Instagram.

Now sources close to Minaj have told TMZ she was only joking and that there's nothing romantic between the two.

Nicki's comment was buried in a thread within a video she posted of herself lip-syncing to her verse on YG's new song "Big Bank." The verse does however mention Eminem.

Minaj is no stranger to dating dudes in the music biz, she's been with Nas, Meek Mill and was with Safaree for years. She and Eminem both appeared on Nicki's "Roman's Revenge" back in 2010.
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Photos: Zainab Balogun In Thailand For Honeymoon?

Newly married actress, Zainab Balogun seems to be on her honeymoon in Thailand from the photos she has shared so far on Instagram. Though Zainab didn't show us our husband, she has been reminiscing on how she has been having fun in Thailand.

Captioning  one of the photos, she wrote;
''#QuickSwim. Zainab: Kun Joy I want that floaty! Kun Joy: Zainaaab they’re for kids. Zainab: Perfect! When your travel buddy is a photographer too. Kun Joy will not let you rest with the pictures. She must capture everything! I can’t imagine what this trip would have been like without my @abaytours guide. #thailand #AbayTours #bangkok #coralisland #travel #solotraveler #holiday #goodtimes''

Zainab recently got married, and kept it a secret until the MAIN DAY.