The Confederation of African Football has stated that no journalists or supporters would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City for Friday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.
In the guidelines communicated to the Nigeria Football Federation, CAF instructed, under Media Operations, that there would be no mixed zone, virtual press conference only if possible (media officers from both teams only), and that only the TV channels with the rights will be allowed flash interviews.
Also, only photographers of participating teams would be allowed at the match.
The above puts to rest all previous speculations regarding having spectators at the match venue, and whether members of the media would be allowed into the arena.
The NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode, on Monday said only individuals accredited by the NFF would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the Day 3 qualifier, which will kick off at 5pm Nigeria time.
Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had insisted that Nigeria’s game against Sierra Leone will be played without fans.
In a letter to the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, the ministry insisted that the game would be played without fans in adherence to the directives from the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
“The ministry wishes to bring to your urgent attention that in compliance with the condition of no gathering agreed upon by the ministry and the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 before the Federal Government opened up football and contacts sports, the match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone will not have any audience,” the letter stated.
3 Governors, Two Deputy Govs, 15 Big Winners, Losers Of PDP Primaries
The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) is currently conducting its legislative primary elections across the country.
However, results have started trickling in. As expected, there are winners and losers. In this piece, Daily Trust highlights some of the persons who clinched the tickets and those who suffered setback.
A former governor of Gombe state, Ibrahim Dankwambo, also won the ticket to represent the PDP in the Gombe North Senatorial District poll in the 2023 elections. Dankwambo emerged the winner of the exercise after Bayero Nafada, a former deputy speaker of the house of representatives, and Hamma Saleh withdrew from the race. He was the governor of Gombe state from 2011 to 2019.
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State also secured the PDP ticket to contest the Taraba South Senatorial District election. If he wins the election, Ishaku will join the league of governors who moved into the National Assembly at the end of 8 years as Chief Executive Officers of their states.
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Billionaire businessman, Chinedu Nwoko, on Monday emerged as the party’s candidate for Delta North Senatorial District for the 2023 general election. He defeated his opponent, Paul Osaji, a business mogul, in the Senate Primary held in Asaba with 242 votes as against 67 votes polled by his opponent.
Nwoko, also known as Ned, the husband of Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels, is a former member of the House of Representatives. He represented Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency from 1999 to 2003.
Nwoko had in 2019 contested the PDP Senate primary but lost to the incumbent, Peter Nwaoboshi, in a keenly contested election.
A Nigerian celebrity, Mr Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, was declared the winner of the PDP primary for the Eti-Osa constituency House of Representatives ticket in the 2023 general election. He polled 28 out of 31 votes cast by delegates at the primary.
In April, the music star announced on social media that he was once again aiming to represent the people of Eti-Osa Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.
“We must engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we prefer for it to be. In 2019, we planted the seed. In 2023, by the grace of God, and with your support, we will win the seat. The time for just talking is over. It’s time to #TalkAndDo. I hope I can count on you. We move,” he had tweeted.
Despite being in captivity, Sadiq Abdullahi, son of the Convener, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, emerged winner of the party’s primary election for Sabon Gari (Zaria) Federal constituency, Kaduna State.
The younger Abdullahi, who was among those abducted in the March 28 attack on the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train, is still in captivity contrary to recent reports that he was released by the terrorists.
Deputy Governor of Rivers, Dr Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo, won the PDP ticket for the Rivers West Senatorial Primaries election. The Deputy Governor was returned unopposed in the PDP Senatorial primaries election conducted at the Rivers West Senatorial district in Ahoada on Monday. Senator George Thompson Sekibo who is presently representing the district in the Senate, did not contest the primaries.
Deputy Governor of Taraba, Engr Haruna Manu won the PDP’s ticket for the Taraba Central zone. Reacting to his victory, the deputy governor vowed not to let the people of his senatorial district down if finally given the mandate come 2023.
Asadu lost his bid to return to the House of Representatives in 2023, for the fifth time. The legislator representing Nsukka/Igboeze south federal constituency of Enugu State was defeated by Vita Abba, who won the contest with 91 votes.
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The serving member of House of Representatives representing Ogbia Federal Constituency in Bayelsa State, Mr. Fred Obua, has lost his bid to return to the national assembly for a second tenure as he lost the primaries to the chairman of Ogbia Local Government Area, Ebiyon Marvin Turner.
Turner also defeated the incumbent member representing Ogbia Constituency 1, in the State House of Assembly, Chief Metema Obordor and the immediate past Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson.
The Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial district, Nicholas Tofowomo, suffered a setback in his bid to return to the upper legislative chamber on the PDP platform. He lost his return ticket to the former Ondo State Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi. Ajayi scored 78votes to beat Tofowomo who polled 74votes.
A two-term Senator, Ayo Akinyelure, representing Ondo central senatorial district, also lost his seat to Ifedayo Adedipe. In the election held in Akure, the state capital, Akinyelure came second having polled 58 votes behind Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN who scored 82 votes.
Senator Matthew Urhoghide, lawmaker representing Edo South Senatorial district, lost the 2023 ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, a former member of the House of Representatives. The two-term senator lost the election on Monday.
FRANCIS OTTAH AGBO
Francis Ottah Agbo who represents Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo of Benue State constituency in the House of Representatives lost his bid to clinch PDP’s tickets in the primary elections of the party held on Sunday. Agbo lost to a female lawyer, Aida Ogwuche, who polled 71 votes against Agbo’s 35
Pam Sokpo who represents Buruku constituency of Benue State in the House of Representatives also lost his bid to clinch PDP’s tickets in the primary elections of the party. He was defeated by Terkaa Agba Terkaa.
Kidnapped train passenger, Ango Abdullahi’s son, wins Kaduna PDP rep ticket
Sadiq Ango Abdullahi, the son of the leader of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Ango Abdullahi, has won the primary for the Sabon Gari federal constituency of Kaduna State despite being in captivity.
Sadiq is one of the 61 persons still being held by terrorists who attacked and abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, 2022.
He reportedly won a ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 House of Representatives election.
Announcing the result on Monday morning, Mohammed Shafiu, the returning officer, said Sadiq secured 28 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Malam Abdulhamid, who scored six votes.
Hajiya Mohammed and Paulina Edward, who also contested in the poll, were said to have got no votes.
Shafiu also said 34 delegates were accredited for the exercise, adding that the election was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other observers.
There are unconfirmed reports that the bandits have released Sadiq but his father, Ango Abdullahi, said Sadiq had yet to be released.
Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, expressed hopes that his son would be released soon.
Reps summon NPA, terminal operators over huge debt owed FG
The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee has summoned the leadership of the Nigerian Ports Authority and seaport terminal operators over $852.094 million and N1.897 billion and other funds owed the Federal Government.
According to the committee, N269.410 million of the N1.8 billion has been recovered while the balance of N1.6 billion “invoices processed on the encumbered areas remains unpaid.”
It added, “The sum of $504,663,452.37 is volume change on fix lease lease fee payment by APMT arising from clauses in the concession agreement between NPA and APMT out of the total sum of $852,093,730.77.
“Bills raised on encumbered areas which remain unpaid is $19,169,459.00. The following has been paid GMT-$54,707,700.08, unpaid penalties – $11,922,642.68 and unpaid VAT-$28,693,707.07”.
“$92,533,518.72 has been recovered; leaving unpaid lease and throughput fee in the sum of $139,970,637.71 (made up of $113,982,486.82 and $5,988,150.89) respectively.
The committee directed the NPA management to reconcile their records with the office of the AuGF and provide evidence of remitting the recovered N269.51m and $92.534m to the government.
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