SHOCKER! Saraki Disgarced In Kwara As APC Floor PDP In By-Election

Is Senate President Bukola Saraki losing his grip in Kwara State which has traditionally been his stronghold?

That is the question on the lips of many as the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC late Saturday night declared Mr Tunji Olawuyi of All Progressive Congress APC as the winner of the bye-election for Irepodu /Isin/Ole Ero/Ekiti Federal Constituency to fill the vacant seat of Late Finke Adedoyin who passed on recently.

The INEC returning officer, Prof Abimbola Adedoji who announced the result said Mr Tunji Olawuyi of the All Progressive Congress APC polled 21,236 votes to defeat its rival Saheed Alatishe of People Democratic Party PDP who polled 18,095

Earlier, there was massive turn out of voters in most polling units in communities in Oke-Ero Local Government Area.

The atmosphere was peaceful as voters conduct themselves orderly while security agents were seen at polling centres and some other strategic areas monitoring security.

Voters who came to polling centres with temporary voter’s cards could not however vote as card readers did not authenticate their cards.

Kwara-Result

Speaking with journalists after casting his vote at Oro ward II, Onikoyi polling unit, Oro town, minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, commended the conduct of the election, saying that he was impressed with massive turn out.

The minister, who expressed the APC to win the election, said that people of the area were mobilized before the poll.

Also speaking at Ajase Ipo ward 1, in front of Olupo palace, the PDP stalwart and commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, who said that the election witnessed impressive turn out of voters,  however, said that people complained of malfunctioning of card readers in some areas.

Traditional ruler of Odo-Owa in Ekiti local government area of the state, Oba Joshua Akinyemi Adimula, condemned use of only card reader machine, saying that alternative of manual accreditation ought to be allowed.

He said insistence on the card reader alone denied many people of the right to vote.

Chairman of the local government, Joseph Oni, who voted in his Idofin-Igbana community expressed satisfaction with turn out of voters and the conduct of the election.

Oni, who said that there was no vote buying or any other malpractice in the exercise, explained that replacement of the machines were made by INEC officials where card readers were not functioning properly.

There was however a clash among party supporters in Ekan-meje community but security agents quickly came in to douse tension.

Also speaking, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara State, Alhaji Attahiru Madami, commended voters for their peaceful conduct .

Madami, who spoke to journalists at Osi 07 Unit 0001, S.D.A school , Osi in Ekiti local government area of the state noted that “The electoral process as been so peaceful, perfect and encouraging. In fact, I am highly impressed and it is my hope that Nigerians will emulate Kwara State in future elections.

“Card readers are functioning well and security agents are in full charge. It is my advice that politicians are to accept the outcome of the polls humbly and with the spirit of sportsmanship.”

 

Psychiatrist reveals why women need to have more SEX regularly

Aside from the fun and momentary enjoyment regular sexual intercourse have other immense gains it has been revealed.

A psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri, on Saturday, advised married women to have regular sex in order to prevent depression.

Kadiri, the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

According to her, sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, it is also beneficial for her mental health.

“As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be mentally healthy.

“Studies have shown that women who have more active sex and are in long-term relationships are less likely to be depressed than women who go without sex.

“So, more sex is important and essential. It is a remedy for a persistent headache in women.

“Low sexual drive, which leads to depression, should be looked into. A woman can be depressed when her sexual drive drops.

“Frequent sex can play a role in women’s sense of well being and quality of life,’’ Kadiri said.

She explained that sex was not just for procreation, adding that it could create bonding, good companionship and sound sleep.

Kadiri, popularly called ‘celebrity shrink’, urged women dealing with depression to frequently indulge in sex, as it boosts their self-esteem.

She also advised women who are over-weight to consider having an active sexual life, as it boosts their endorphins levels. Endorphins are happy hormones.

“The happy hormones will make them lose some calories as well as sleep better.

”Orgasms trigger the release of endorphins which are happy hormones secreted by the brain that act as effective painkillers,’’ she said.

2019: See Where Support Is Coming For Buhari

The North East Development Association (NEDA), a political group, has passed a vote of confidence on the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration and called for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

The group made the called in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Mohammed Bulama and Bitako Umar, and issued to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Saturday.

It said their decision was garnered through consultation with all the stakeholders in every sector of the region, influenced by brain cracking, arguments and counter arguments as well as careful researched efforts which formed the basis that the APC administration led by Buhari qualified for re-election.

“This is because the history of governance in Nigeria, APC under President Buhari has done tremendously well in the sub-region,” it said.

According to the statement, Buhari’s laudable projects had direct bearing on the lives of people in the North East and Nigerians.

It explained that their support was based on the president’s numerous achievements in the areas of security, corruption, agriculture and economy, among others, in the region and the entire country at large.

The group said the need for a second term was in order to also sustain the ongoing war against corruption and effective management of Nigeria’s resources.

“Buhari’s re-election would ensure continuity in the positive affairs of the nation.

“The people of the region must also play their parts in the task of nation-building by supporting President Buhari-led government’s effort at moving the country forward.’’‎

The group reiterated that its decision was based partly in recognition of the laudable achievements of the president and his team in the last three years.‎

“We resolved that the region would remain committed to the unity of the entity called Nigeria, despite we have our son who is jostling for same seat,” the statement said.

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2019: Billionaire Businessman, Otedola Reveals Next Lagos Governor

While many are still scratching their heads to predict who the next governor of Lagos State will after the exit of Akinwunmi Ambode, Business mogul, Femi Otedola seems to have the answer already as he has announced the ‘governor in waiting’.

Otedola has ‘formally’ endorsed the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for governor.

Otedola, who is the Chairman of Forte Oil PLC, was only last month rumoured to be running for governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, a report which he neither denied nor confirmed.

Media entrepreneur, Mr. Dele Momodu had said in September that Otedola had personally confirmed to him that he would be contesting the governorship seat.

Already, the PDP has given the Lagos Guber ticket to Jimi Agbaje and it is not clear if this is what informed  the move made by Otedola this weekend.

In a post on his official Instagram handle on Saturday, Otedola described Sanwo-Olu as his childhood friend and the incoming governor of Lagos State.

A caption which was placed beneath a photo he took with Sanwo-Olu read in part, “Dinner at my residence yesterday evening with my childhood friend, APC governorship candidate, Jide Sanwo-Olu; the governor in waiting.”

Fully aware that the endorsement by Otedola is not all that he needs, Sanwo-Olu has stressed the need for various campaign groups of the three senatorial districts to embark on reconciliatory moves of all aggrieved members to engender total victory for the party’s candidates in the 2019 general polls.

Sanwo-Olu gave the task while addressing Executives of the West Senatorial District of the Buhari, Sanwo-Olu Independent Campaign Group, ICG, led by former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Lagos chapter, Moshood Salvador and other stakeholders, held at the campaign Secretariat, Maryland, Onigbogbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA of the state.

Sanwo noted that any victory recorded in 2019 would not be for him alone but all members of the party, adding that he had extended an olive branch to everyone who felt cheated or shortchanged so that they would work as a team and build a formidable party that would be victorious at the polls. According to him: “We will campaign together, get victory for Lagos State and get the victory for President Muhammadu Buhari and for all other contestants, that is our target and we will achieve that if we work as a family.”

AFCON Qualifier: Libya Beat Seychelles In Nine Goal Thriller

Libya humiliated hosts Seychelles 8-1 on Saturday in Victoria in their final qualification round Group E fixture for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The North Africans are now with seven points from five matches and lie third in the group behind leaders Nigeria who have 10 points and South Africa who have nine points.

Five second half goals by the visiting side, including Anis Saltou’s hat-trick at the Stade Linite boosted Libya’s confidence for a ticket to Cameroon next year.

Motasem Sabbou opened scoring for Libya three minutes into the game, while Saltou extended their lead just 18 minutes later.

Saltou got his brace in the 32nd minute as Khalid Almaryami shamed their hosts with the fourth goal nine minutes into the second half.

Salem Baleid delivered the fifth goal four minutes later.

Saltou grabbed his hat-trick and his fourth in the qualifiers as he found the back of the net in the 62nd minute.

Perry Monnaie’s 72nd consolation goal for Seychelles was not enough to stop the Libyans as Rabia Alshadi gave his side another goal five minutes to the end of the game.

Libya squad

The relentless visitors finished the game with an Hamdou Elhouni strike exactly at regulation time to embarrass their hosts 8-1.

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2019: See How Atiku Plans To Kick-Start His Campaign On Monday

The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is to kick-start his campaign for 2019 general election through an address to Nigerians on Facebook on Monday.

A statement issued by Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, on Saturday in Abuja, said that Abubakar would use the address to launch his policy document.

“In his address, the PDP presidential candidate will present his vision for Nigeria and his action plan to achieve it as encapsulated in his policy document.”

The organisation said that the decision of Abubakar to kick-start his presidential campaign with the launch of his policy document is to reiterate his commitment to run an issue-based campaign.

“The intention is to take our policy directly to Nigerians and to register the belief of Abubakar that it will take the collective efforts of every Nigerian to rebuild the country.

“That is why we want Nigerians to access the policy directly and ultimately take ownership of it,” the statement said.

It added that the campaign of the organisation would offer a simple message: “united, the people of Nigeria can begin anew, creating a prosperous and secure future and a better life for every Nigerian”.

It stated that on the first working day of the campaign, the PDP and its candidate, Abubakar would put forward his plan to get Nigeria working again.

“We have chosen to do this by having the PDP Presidential candidate speaking directly to the Nigerian people on Facebook.

“This medium came about as part of the telecommunications revolution that he helped start as Vice President in 1999-2007.

“We have also chosen to have our candidate speak online as it facilitates the ability for anyone to download a copy of his policy document at no cost, as we intend this to be the policy of every Nigerian.

“Our policy document focuses on creating jobs, ensuring security, growing business, developing power and water infrastructure, agriculture and education and how we will empower women.

“Our policies outline the goals and methods for developing and revitalising Nigeria as the foundation of our campaign.

“This policy document is being launched to encourage a dialogue with the people of Nigeria, inviting everyone to join us in helping to get Nigeria working again.”

It said that Abubakar looked forward to conducting vital discussions as he travels across the length and breadth of Nigeria, meeting and talking with stakeholders.

The stakeholders according to the organisation, include farmers, small business people, workers, students, mothers, and children.

“We recognise that this will be a vigorous and hard fought election. We are completely confident that with peaceful, free and fair elections, we will be victorious.”

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NO WAY: See The Huge Amount Of Tramadol NAFDAC Blocked From Entering Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that 28 40feet containers suspected to contain tramadol from India has been blocked from entry into the country.

A statement by the NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, stated that this followed a joint examinations of containers at the Apapa Port, Lagos.

She said the inspection was coordinated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

Adeyeye said that the 28 containers were part of the 86 under the agency’s watch list since November 2017.

She noted that the blockage was an outcome of previous communications with the Comptroller General of NCS in September.

“The 23 of the 40ft containers examined so far were loaded with Tramadol of various strengths from 120mg to 250mg.

“Tramadol and other unregistered pharmaceutical products are known to be injurious to the health of the public, most importantly our youth.”

She added that 321,146 cartons of other unregistered pharmaceutical products were equally discovered.

Adeyeye noted that the examined containers consist of 128,922 cartons of high strength of Tramadol (120mg, 200mg, 225mg & 250mg), estimated at N6.4 billion.

“We are pleased that the good working relationship with the NCS, the support received from all it’s commands and other government establishments along the West Coast of Africa has contributed to the success recorded so far,” she said.

According to her, the worth of the tramadol alone on the street is estimated to be at about N1.9 billion on an average cost of N1.5 million per carton.

“Prevention of these dangerous drugs from entering into the Nigerian markets would protect millions of youths from hazards of drug addiction which can pose threat to families, Nigerian workforce and the security of the nation at large.

“Of course this would have increased the number of casualties from insurgency, armed robbery and other social vices which are known to be the aftermath effect of use of illicit drugs,” the director general stated.

Adeyeye said that NAFDAF would work with all other relevant agencies to ensure that Nigeria is not a market for unwholesome pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs.

She expressed NAFDAC’s commitment to ensuring that the health of the public was properly safeguarded at all times and to remain a customer-focused agency.

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See What Fashola Said About Buhari

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said on Saturday that President Muhammadu Buhari was laying the foundation for economic growth of Nigeria through infrastructure renewal.

Fashola said this during an inspection of the Apapa-Wharf Road Reconstruction project and flag-off of the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway in Lagos.

The Apapa-Wharf Road Reconstruction Project was done by AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd and financed by the Dangote Group, Nigerian Ports Authority and Flour Mills of Nigeria.

The Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway project, on the other hand, was awarded to the Dangote Group.

Fashola described port access roads as “blood vessels” that serviced all activities in the ports

He said they had, however, been abandoned alongside various federal highways by previous governments.

The minister said that the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway was constructed between 1975 and 1978 and had not been expanded since then.

He said that the major highways had been abandoned by previous administrations until President Buhari picked up the initiative to turn things around.

“President Buhari is laying the foundation for economic growth that would release economic prosperity, create jobs. It is this road that releases the opportunity,” Fashola said.

He thanked Dangote for investing in the development of Nigeria, pointing out that, four of Dangote’s firms paid about N22 billion as annual taxes to the Federal Government.

The minister said that the two major ports in the nation had been overstretched, as they were designed to take 30 million metric tons but now took over 80 million metric tonnes of cargo.

He said that the federal government was planning the construction of the Lekki and Badagry Sea Ports to complement the two major ones, to ease port congestion.

Fashola appealed for patience of the road users as construction work commenced.

Gov Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos while delivering his speech said that the project was the real Lagos solution to the problem of gridlock in the state.

He said that interconnectivity of rail, road and water transportation was important.

Ambode commended the Federal Government for its efforts in reviving the railway in conjunction with road projects to address gridlock, saying it would bring relief to residents of the state.

“We are happy that this project has finally commenced,” he said.

He promised to increase deployment of traffic and law enforcement agencies to the route to ensure smooth execution of the project.

Sen. Kabiru Gaya, Chairman Senate Committee on Works, said that concrete should be adopted for road construction in the nation as it lasted more, to tackle the huge deficit in roads infrastructure.

Also, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu said that the construction would solve the problem on flooding of the highway.

“The project will reduce stress of commuting for us all,” she said.

President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, while delivering a vote of thanks, commended the Federal Government for adoption of the Road Trust Fund, which gave the private sector opportunity to participate in infrastructure renewal.

Dangote said that the nation was losing huge revenue due to bad roads and assured that his firm would pay “special attention” to the reconstruction of the highway by doing good quality job.

He also thanked government for the proposed Lekki ports project and thanked other stakeholders and ministry officials for efforts in completing the Apapa Wharf Road Reconstruction project.

Dangote promised to deliver the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway project ahead of schedule.

“We will not disappoint you (Fashola) and Nigerians; we will make sure we do the best job.

“We are advocating rigid pavement not because we sell cement but because we want to give Nigerians the best,” Dangote said.

Representatives of Apapa and Ajegunle Residents Association, Truck Drivers and owners unions and various stakeholders took turns to commend the project and the economic development it will bring to Lagos and Nigeria.

The 32 km Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway project will include reconstruction of Creek Road, Liverpool Road, Beach land Estate Interchange, Cele Bus Stop through Anthony Village to the old Toll gate.

It has a completion date of two years.

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BIG BLOW For PDP As Governorship Aspirant Defects To APC

Dr Muhammad Sani-Bello, a former gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State has formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sani-Bello announced his decision to join the APC at a news conference on Saturday in Kaduna.

He said he consulted with different political parties before arriving at the decision to join the APC.

It could be recalled that Sani-Bello dumped the PDP on Nov. 12, due to what he described as unending mistrust between him and the state leadership of the party, and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Isa Ashiru.

He said: “Bbased on consultations with my supporters and other stakeholders, I have decided that from today Nov. 12, 2018, I Dr Muhammad Sani-Bello, ceases to be a member of the PDP.”

According to him, the mistrust emanated from the refusal of the party leaders in the state to put the term of consensus which led to his stepping down for Ashiru into writing prior to the party’s gubernatorial primaries.

He added that he was also not comfortable working with Ashiru, whose academic credentials were allegedly under question.

“Based on my findings, the documentation of the candidate contains certain flaws which remained unexplained,” he stressed.

He said the secondary school certificate of the PDP candidate does not carry his name, making its genuineness questionable.

According to him, with a questionable secondary school certificate that contained two passes, it became more questionable how the PDP candidate got the rest of the certificates he had been parading.

NAN reports that Ashiru had since debunked claims about his academic records, saying he has nothing to fear.

However, Sani-Bello added that all efforts made by him and other “discerning and concerned party members” for the state PDP leadership to address areas of friction were rebuffed.

He said he had consulted with APC in his Dogarawa Ward in Sabon Gari Local Government Area, as well as major party stakeholders at state and national level before joining it.

The politician said he had met with Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai and extensively discussed on various issues before finally announcing his defection to the ruling party.

He expressed optimism that more PDP aspirants and their supporters would soon join the APC.

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REVEALED! See Real Reason Why Saraki Wants Buhari Down

No one is happy when he/she makes an investment but fails to recoup same back as projected.

That is the scenario playing out between Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki and  President Muhammadu Buhari.

Saraki lamented that the people of Kwara would not have been suffering today if they had been given enough federal appointments after he allegedly spent N400 million per state to campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Saraki said had Kwara people been given appointments, they would have been able to approve money for party supporters which would have eased their sufferings.

The Senate President was heard saying this in an audio clip while addressing Peoples Democratic Party members recently.

The audio was first posted by blogger, Kayode Ogundamisi, on his verified Twitter handle.

Saraki said during the run-up to the 2015 general elections, he campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari in every state of the country except the six South-West states.

He said he spent between N200m and N400m per state with the hope that when the All Progressives Congress got into office, party faithful would be rewarded either financially or through appointments.

The Senate President, however, said Buhari decided to punish the people of the state by starving them of appointments.

Saraki said, “What is the benefit of people that are campaigning for the APC? What is their track record? Use me as an example. When I left the PDP for the APC in 2014 and was campaigning for the APC like never before, we went to every state to campaign with Buhari up until the election time.

“Out of the 36 states, I paid election money in 30. Some collected N300m while some collected N400m, some collected N200m. The only states, where I had nothing to do with was in the South-West.

“Even on the phone I was calling and giving banks instructions. Our thinking was that when we get elected, we would get the majority of appointments. I even told majority of you then that we shall all be going to Abuja together after the election.

“I thought some of you will be appointed to head federal agencies like road maintenance, like FERMA, NITDA, NPA and others. Because I know that if any Kwara son becomes even just the ED of UBEC, I know what he can approve from his desk. Whether N1m or N2m.

“But for the first time, since we joined politics, you have a President of the Senate or even speaker that cannot appoint a cleaner. I am not referring to board appointments like board appointment which just collect money per sitting. If you look at the agencies they appoint executive positions, what do you want me to say?”