Joining APC Is Like Leaving Jesus Christ For Satan – Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor , Ayodele Fayose has reacted to the claim by an All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in the state, Gbenga Aluko, that he is begging to join the party.
A Former Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Aluko, had on Sunday, accused ayodele of making surreptitious moves to join the APC having realized that the PDP can’t win the impending election.

But in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi on Sunday night, Fayose said joining the APC was leaving Jesus Christ for Satan.

He said the claim that “Mr Ayodele is making move to defect to APC, is false.”

The news going viral that Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose is making moves to defect to APC, is false.

It is a figment of imagination of the APC which manufactured the story.

“Joining APC is like leaving Jesus Christ for Satan. It is like wanting to die by taking Gamalin 20, or planning to commit suicide by jumping down from sky scrapper.

“Fayose will never join the APC, rather, he would welcome APC members to the PDP.

“When PDP was embroiled in leadership crisis, Fayose did not leave the party. Is it now when PDP is positioning itself to win back power in 2019.

“Is it APC which merely exists only on pages of newspaper in Ekiti that Fayose will join? Fayose is too big for the APC to accommodate.

“Fayose is preoccupied with plan to transit power from PDP to PDP Ekiti in 2018,” he said.

​NFF ‘Fear The Worst’ As Leon Balogun Undergoes Surgery Again

Super Eagles dependable defender, Leon Balogun has successfully undergone surgery after suffering a fracture to his left hand on Friday.
The Nigerian international star did not suit up for his clubside, FSV Mainz 05 in their 1-0 win over Cologne on Saturday afternoon.

The German club confirmed the situation on their twitter handle: “Leon Balogun suffered a middle hand fracture on his left hand on Friday, which was treated surgically,” it said.

However, with appropriate healing and a track, the centre-back can return to the pitch in the coming weeks and be available for the last group matches.”

The latest injury is coming after Balogun suffered a fractured cheekbone before Nigeria’s recent matches against Algeria and Argentina and had to wear a protective mask on his face.

The central defender went the distance against the North Africans and was on the pitch for an hour against the two-time world champions.

Speaking on the defender’s condition, the NFF official, who pleaded anonymity, said the federation was in touch with the player, who has assured that he is receiving adequate treatment from his club’s doctors.

We understand that he will be ready to play when we start our next round of tune-up games early next year, but we will keep monitoring him and other players.

“Balogun has become a reliable defender in our team and the technical committee, as well as the federation, are constantly monitoring him and others to ensure that we have our best players available when we need them.

Another Super Eagles stalwart who is also down with injury is Chelsea star, Victor Moses.

“Just recently, Victor Moses, who has been out of our recent matches due to injury, has started training and we hope he will return to the Chelsea squad for next weekend’s Liverpool cracker.”

The Chelsea wing-back Sunday hailed his English Premier League teammates over the 4-0 away victory at West Bromwich Albion last Saturday.

The victory came from Eden Hazard (brace), Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso.

You would recall that Victor Moses emerged winner of the 2017 Nigeria Sports Award Footballer of the Year. He is also shortlisted for the 2017 BBC and CAF African Footballer of the Year award.

Wife Stabs Son Of Ex-PDP Chairman To Death Over Text Messages

It was a tale of woe over the weekend as Mr Bilyamin Muhammed Bello, son of a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Haliru Bello, was allegedly stabbed to death by his wife, Maryam Sanda.

Maryam is the daughter of embattled former Aso Savings boss, Hajia Maimuna Aliyu.

It was revealed that the incident happened as a result of an allegation of infidelity against Muhammed.

Maryam, the wife reportedly saw text message on the deceased’s phone and could not control her emotion.

Act of provocation, she was said to have allegedly stabbed Bilyamin (her husband) three times in the back and severally on his private part at their maitama residence.

The deceased has been buried, yesterday, according to Islamic rites.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah said: “We received information of homicide at our division in Maitama.”

“The case has been moved from there to the FCT Command Criminal Investigation Department”, he said

​Nigeria’s Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme Is Dead

Ailing second republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme has been confirmed dead in a London clinic.

Ekwueme was said to have died late Sunday night after he battled with what the family said was a chest infection.
Confirming his death in a statement early Monday morning, Ekwueme’s younger brother and tradional ruler of Oko community in Anambra state, HRH, Prof. Laz Ekwueme said the sad event occurred in London at about 10pm Sunday night.

The statement said “The Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON.

“The sad event occurred at The London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”

Ekwueme suffered stroke two weeks ago and was stabilised in an Enugu hospital before a Federal Government Ambulance aircraft flew him to London.

He became the Vice President in 1979 with Alhaji Shehu Shagari as president in Nigeria second republic.

His party NPN and also won the 1983 election but they were sacked in a military coup and General Mohammadu Buhari became the Head of State.

Ekwume turned 85 October 21.

​CAF To Move AFCON Fixtures Of Eagles, Four Others

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that it will move next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, originally set for March, to allow the continent’s 2018 World Cup representatives to play friendly matches in build-up for Russia 2018.

The AFCON qualifiers will be moved to October, freeing space for Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco to schedule friendly matches during the March international break.

The five nations were confirmed as Africa’s representatives last week with the Teranga Lions booking their return to the world stage for the first time in 16 years. The Pharaohs will notably return following a 28 year hiatus.

African teams to the World Cup will now have the March 2018 FIFA international days for friendly games after the CAF executive committee approved a proposal by Nigeria for 2019 AFCON qualifiers fixed for that period moved to October 2018,” Super Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye is quoted as saying.

The 2019 AFCON will now be played in June 2019 as against January when the match schedule was announced so there is more time now for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers to be concluded.”

The five nations are set to play two friendly matches in March with the World Cup in Russia to kick-off in June.

Kaduna Teacher’s Answer Scripts Go Viral

Kaduna State government has released shocking samples of the answer scripts of the 25,000 teachers who sat for a competency test recently, with 75 per cent failing woefully.

The appalling scripts have essentially triggered concerns about the future of Nigerian children and education standards. On Thursday night, Kaduna and its incompetent teachers led Twitter trends in Nigeria.

The release of the scripts was a response to the organised protests by the Nigerian Labour Congress, school pupils and the disgraced teachers, some of whom flaunted posters proclaiming that ‘examination is not a true test of knowledge”.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the protests were in vain as his government will go ahead to recruit new and qualified teachers as planned. Over 18,000 applications have so far been received.

No amount of protests will deter the government from recruiting qualified teachers, while giving disengaged teachers the entitlements specified in their terms of service,” he said.

The governor urged all teachers who failed the competency test to continue teaching “as due process is being followed for those who are to be disengaged with 3 months notice. We will start disengaging those who scored from 0-59%.”

He justified the partial disclosure of the poor scripts: “Many times, the decisions we take offer us no political advantages in a polity long accustomed to the false allure of populism. But we do what is necessary, not minding the direct impact on us.”

NLC President Ayuba Wabba, who led hundreds of civil servants to the state House of Assembly on Wednesday said the competency test used as excuse to sack the teachers lacked credibility and was unacceptable.

It was a smokescreen to just sack workers,’’ he said, adding that legitimate institutions mandated to organise such examinations were ignored by the government.

Teaching is a profession in Nigeria, we have teacher training institutions and Teachers Registration Council, why are they not the ones conducting the test?

This is because they have sinister motives; that is why they didn’t use those institutions.

They are doing this just to sack and reduce workers and we will not accept that,’’ the NLC president said.

Any exercise built on faulty ground cannot stand; this is our position,’’ he stressed.

Wabba alleged that the state government also plans to sack 15,000 core civil services and 5,000 local government workers.

Northern Coordinator, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Bulama Abisu, has also condemned the sack of the teachers.

Abisu who led NUT executive members from the 19 northern states on solidarity visit to the state, called on President Muhammad Buhari to intervene.

Teachers get the least salary in most states in the north, even the meager salary is not paid as when due with huge number of teachers still being owed by the government.

The governors are moving from holding salaries to sacking teachers on the claim of incompetency when it is the same government that employed the teachers,’’ Abisu said.

10 Escape From SARS Jail In Bayelsa, Five Re-arrested #PrisonBreak

There was pandemonium on Monday night at the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Bayelsa State Police Command following the escape of Ten detained suspected criminals in their custody.

Five of the escaped suspects have however been re-arrested yesterday in Yenagoa and Agbura areas of the State after a man-hunt ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba.

Leadership gathered that some inmates of the SARS makeshift detention centre led by one “Touch-Touch” cut through the iron protector at the toilet and broke out through the ceiling of the built without the notice of operatives on duty.

The Incident, which occurred at about 10pm, was discovered when a security staff of the Yenagoa Local Government Council, raised an alarm on noticing strange persons jumping into the council premises from the SARS headquarters.

It was gathered that two of the fleeing suspects were arrested at the Agbura community where they were hiding; three others were arrested in an open field of a company. The security guard of the abandoned company called the emergency number of the Police and they were arrested.

While some Legal practitioners blamed the incident on the poor condition of the detention facility located along the road safety road in the state capital and called on the High Command of the Nigerian Police and the Bayelsa State Government to re-locate the SARS office for effective operations.

The State Police Command, through its spokesperson, Asimin Butswat, confirmed the development and stated that “at about 0200hrs, 7th November, 2017, the incident duty officer of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) while on routine cell check discovered that Ten suspects escaped through the ceiling of SARS detention facility”.

Policemen immediately cordoned off the SARS detention facility and re-arrested Three out of the Ten suspects that escaped. The profile of the suspects has been circulated to our intelligence sources and efforts have been intensified to re-arrest the remaining suspects”.

“The Command assures members of the public not to panic and to volunteer useful information that may assist the Police in arresting the fleeing suspects.”

Three of the suspects, who were arrested in Yenagoa, Theophilus, 22yrs, New Year, 21yrs and Jamilu Buhari, 27 yrs told newsmen at the SARS headquarters that they were sleeping at about 10pm on Monday when they heard detainees escaping and they took advantage of the situation.

Source: Leadership