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Lagos Records 6.6m Voters

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Lagos State has recorded 6, 609, 115 residents who are eligible to vote in the 2019 general elections.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reports that the state has 245 Registration Areas (Wards), 8,462 polling units, and 3669 voting points across the 20 Local Governments.

Mr. Sam Olumekun, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, disclosed at a workshop on Lagos State Election Security Strategic Plan for 2019 Elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop was organised by Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) in collaboration with INEC in Lagos State.

Prince Adelani Asade, the Administrative Secretary of the commission delivered Olumekun’s speech at the workshop.

Olumekun agreed that security is key to holding a successful election.

“6, 609, 115 eligible Nigerians registered to vote during the 2019 general elections in the state.

” I am profoundly grateful to NPP for organising this very important and timely workshop on elections security considering the role of good security structure in the conducting a peaceful and successful general elections in 2019.

” It is crucial to say that with 91 political parties and about 74 million voters geared to take informed decision and action at the general elections in 2019, the security of election officials, materials, and the electorate is of utmost importance to the commission.

“Indeed, security is key to the conduct of credible elections. INEC in Lagos is truly proud of partnering with NPP at this most auspicious time in the electoral cycle, ” Olumekun said.

He commended NPP and hoped that the workshop would give the commission the opportunity to review, reflect, brainstorm, and re-engineer its security structure and strategy.

He added that the commission’s pro-activeness on security, had informed regular meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election security where matters concerning security before, during and after elections were discussed.

Olumekun said INEC would improve on the conduct of elections in 2019.

In his goodwill message, the representative of NPP, Mr Emeka Ukaotu, said that INEC would need to develop its election security management plan.

According to him, some factors need to be considered by INEC in developing the plan. These are relevant intelligence and information about locations and assessment of vulnerability.

He urged INEC to also consider previous history of electoral offences or allegations associated with the geographical area.

Ukaotu said the commission should also consider the potential for offences to be committed as a result of lack of policing, ill-prepared local authority, complacency and political culture.

NAN reports that some of the topics at the three-day workshop included: “Importance of Security Threat Analysis in Strategic Planning” and “Identification and Mapping of Peculiar Election Security Threats Across Lagos”.

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Obasanjo Splits ACF

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a socio-political organisation of the North, has split over former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s declaration and endorsement of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP’s presidential candidate for 2019 election.

Atiku with Obasanjo
Atiku with Obasanjo
ACF reacted to its General Secretary, Mr. Anthony Sani’s description of Obasanjo as “suffering from a dearth of vision, conviction and consistency required of a statesman”, Nigerian Tribune reports.

The northern organisation has suddenly realised that it was not in the character of the forum to attack the views of former Nigerian leaders.

“It is not in the character of the forum to attack the views of former Nigerian leaders.

‘It is not in the character of ACF to attack the views or opinion of the former president and elder statesmen of Chief Obasanjo’s status on national issues in such uncomplimentary manner.

“ Chief Obasanjo as an elder statesman is entitled to his opinion on all issues including democracy, as he had previously endorsed presidential candidates.’’

The reaction to Sani’s remarks was made by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, on Sunday, Tribune said.

Biu said that the purported interview granted by Sani was his personal views.

`‘It is not in the character of ACF to attack the views or opinion of the former president and elder statesmen of Chief Obasanjo’s status on national issues in such uncomplimentary manner, Chief Obasanjo as an elder statesman is entitled to his opinion on all issues including democracy, as he had previously endorsed presidential candidates.

‘ACF, therefore, dissociates itself from the contents of that interview granted by Mr Anthony Sani as it was not the position of ACF.

The views expressed by Anthony Sani were his personal views as an individual. For the avoidance of doubt, all ACF official statements on any matter come through and from the National Publicity Secretary only.

According to the Nation, Sani attacked Obasanjo’s endorsement of former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,

He said Obasanjo is suffering from a dearth of vision and conviction required of a statesman.

Sani, an elder statesman, however noted that with the level of Obasanjo’s inconsistency, he may change his mind again and withdraw his support for Atiku before 2019.

Sani said Obasanjo as a statesman is expected to be an embodiment of national ideals and moral values for the nation.

He said that the way Obasanjo has conducted himself by tearing his PDP’s card and saying he would no more play partisan politics and forming a movement which he said is third force only for him to convert it to a political party of ADC, culminating in the endorsement of former Vice President Atiku reeks of inconsistency which comes with a dearth of vision and conviction required of a statesman.

“It is democracy in action which at once confirms the saying that the only thing that is permanent in politics is interest; no permanent friends or enemies.

“If you consider what the former President has written about his former Vice President Abubakar Atiku to the extent of saying God would not forgive him if he endorsed Atiku for president, then you can hardly avoid the conclusion that common decency is yet to take root in our democracy, especially when regard is paid to the place of the former president in the order of things in Nigeria.

“President Obasanjo is a statesman who is expected to be an embodiment of national ideals and moral values for the nation. But the way he has conducted himself by tearing his PDP card and saying he would no more play partisan politics and forming a movement which he said is third force only for him to convert it to a political party of ADC, culminating in the endorsement of former VP Atiku reeks of inconsistency that comes with dearth of vision and conviction required of statesmen.

“That may explain why most Nigerians may be curt and dismissive of the former president out of fear that he is just like a reed who can change his mind before the day of elections in 2019, ” Nation quoted Sani as saying.


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Ganduje Sets up Committee to Reconcile Aggrieved APC Members

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has inaugurated a 12-man high-powered committee to reconcile all aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.‎

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje sets up reconciliation committee for aggrieved APC members
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje
Ganduje inaugurated the committee at the Government House, Kano on Sunday, according to the Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.

The committee is chaired by ‎Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), Speaker of the State Assembly, Kabiru Rurum,. Yusuf Ata, Gen Jafaru Isah (rtd) and Amb. Kabiru Rabi’u, Sabo NAN on and Dr Maikano Rabi’u.

Others are Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, Barrister Umar Danlasan, Garba Yusuf Abubakar and Amadu Haruna Zago as members, while Musa Salihu Riruwai would serves as the Secretary of the Committee.‎

The committee would forge unity among party members and also resolve some misunderstandings that cropped up after the recently concluded primary elections in the state.

“The committee will reconcile our party members as a result of the emergence of some few issues after the conduct of the primary elections, excluding Presidential and Gubernatorial primaries of which we had single candidate for each of the two positions.

“Normal misunderstanding as seen after the primaries in the state are normally unavoidable in democracy. Particularly in the practice of party politics,” Ganduje said.

“The committee will come up with a strategy that will bring in amicable reconciliation of the party members as we are approaching general elections”, he added.

‎The committee was given two weeks to submit its report to government for further action.

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Sears, U.S. Century Old Stores Files For Bankruptcy

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Sears, known as the oldest departmental stores having operated for about a Century, pioneering the strategy of selling everything to everyone, on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection.

Sears, U.S. Century old stores files for bankruptcy

This is even as the company plans to 142 more of its stores adding to an initial 46 which were recently shut due to trade declines and borrowings.

Experts say that Sears brush with death is occasioned by its inability to adapt to the digital age having existed long before the coming of Walmart and Amazon, both of which are doing better.

Sears company had long ago given up its mantle as a retail innovator. It was overtaken first by big box retailers like Walmart and Home Depot and then, by Amazon as the go-to shopping destinations for clothing, tools and appliances.

In the last decade, Sears had been run by a hedge fund manager, Edward S. Lampert, who sold off many of the company’s valuable properties and brands, but failed to develop a winning strategy to entice consumers who increasingly shop online.

Ten years ago the company employed 302,000 with over 500 stores but today there are about 68,000 people still working at Sears and Kmart – a company that was acquired after surviving bankruptcy.

According to New York Times, the retailer aims to use a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing to cut its debts and keep operating at least through the holidays, according to two people briefed on the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the company’s plans.

As part of the reorganization plan, the company is to receive a loan of more than $500 million to help keep its shelves stocked and employees paid, these people said.

“It’s a sad day for American retail,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail research and consulting firm. “There are generations of people who grew up on Sears and now it’s not relevant. When you are in the retail business, it’s all about newness. But Sears stopped innovating.”

Founded shortly after the Civil War, the original Sears, Roebuck & Company built a catalog business that sold Americans the latest dresses, toys, build-it-yourself houses and even tombstones. In their heyday, the company’s stores, which began to spread across the country in the early 20th century, were showcases for must-have washing machines, snow tires and furniture.

More recently, Sears became known for another distinction — Mr. Lampert’s audacious feats of financial engineering. He has spun off numerous assets from the retailer into separate companies that his hedge fund invests in.

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Nigeria Amputees’ Crowd-fund For World Cup in Mexico

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Do you love watching soccer? Sure, you can tune it to your favourite English Premier League games anytime, but did you know that you can do more with Betway Naija? You don’t need to just bet on your favourite soccer matches from the Premier League. You can also bet on soccer games from around the world 0 just like the amputee world cup in Mexico that is coming up.

Nigeria Amputees - Special Super Eagles

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With the Amputee world cup being just around the corner, the Nigerian soccer team is seeking fund pools through a crowdfunding campaign aimed at covering their lack of finances. Due to lack of economic support, the Special Eagles team had missed the three world cup editions which were held in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

In an attempt to extend his sense of support towards the Nigerian team, Arsenal’s Michael Ishiguzo had put forth a virtual appeal on the website of GoFundMe and was successful in raising about US$68,000.

In his conversation with BBC Sport, Michael talked about how hard the Amputee football team of Nigeria had been working for all these years but still had to miss several World Cups just because the corporate community or the government didn’t care about them.

He further talked about relating deeply to their pain and making sure that they hit the world cup games this year, which will be starting from 24th October in Mexico. He believes that by getting the opportunity to participate in the world cup, the Nigerian team will be able to grasp global attention and this will help them to pace well in their future endeavours.

The funds raised will be used to cover travel expenses, subsistence management, and various logistical operations which the team will need during the World cup.

The team captain of Special Eagles, Emmanuel Ibeawuchi, who had suffered amputation of his right leg at the age of 22, due to an auto accident said Ishiguzo has proven to be highly inspiring to him. Ibeawuchi is full of hopes and aims at fulfilling his lifelong dream.

While conversing to BBC Sport, he talked about how sports have always provided hopes for the physically challenged. He gave a reference to Nigeria’s powerlifters who had successfully proven their mettle at the Paralympics.

Furthermore, he said that he was confident about his team being amongst the best in the world but, they had been refused to have the opportunities of showcasing themselves at a global level for a long time. Ibeawuchi was hopeful about the possibility of participating in the World cup with the help of the public support garnered through the crowdfunding campaigns.

In the 2014 World Cup held in Culiacán, Mexico; Ghana, Angola and Kenya represented Africa, and amongst them, the Angolans secured the runners-up title after losing to Russia with a score of 3-1 in the final.

Are you excite about it too like we are? Do you want to watch these brave sportspersons in action? Let us know in the comments below.