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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has warned politicians against playing do or die politics.
Rather, the president urged politicians to thread with caution as Nigeria prepared for 2019 general election.
Speaking at the public presentation of a book, ‘Stepping Forward with Uti J.D. Agba’ by Goddy Jedy Agba and Mathias Okoi-Uyouyo in Calabar yesterday, Obasanjo said politicians who failed to win elections can help winners to succeed.
“If you cannot be the chief servant you can be the assistant chief servant. This is because the chief servant cannot do it on his own. He has to work with others.
“Politics should not be about life or death. Politicians should learn how to thread with caution as 2019 elections draw closer,” the ex-president warned.
On his part, Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade also said politicians who could not be in power should support those in power.
“Power is like the wind which blows away. In using power, one must do so with the fear of God,” Ayade said.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Etsu Nupe of Nupe Kingdom, Alhaji Dr Yahaya Abubakar; the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V; former Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke and Senator John Enoh as well as Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono Obla, among others.
Source:WTN
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Leganes 0-3 Barcelona: Suarez Scores Brace


In a match full of cut and thrust
from both sides at the Estadio
Butarque, Luis Suarez’s double was
enough to see off a brave and
spirited performance from Leganes.
The game started in unusual fashion
with a double-touch on the ball
meaning an immediate free-kick.
Barcelona settled the quicker of the
two sides and Suarez was unlucky
to have an early goal ruled out for
Jordi Alba’s offside assist.
The possession-based game that the
Catalans are known for was very
much in evidence in the opening
exchanges, but Leganes were alive
to every ball and sharp in the
tackle.
On 19, a lack of concentration in
midfield from Ivan Rakitic allowed
Nordin Amrabat to nip in and
travel the length of Barcelona’s half
with the ball, but a poorly executed
finish kept the game goalless.
Though the visitors continued
having the lion’s share of play, a
doggedness from the hosts ensured
that Lionel Messi, in particular, was
crowded out of the game.
A wild right-footed volley from a
corner on 27 minutes was the
closest he’d come to getting his
name on the score sheet in the
opening 45.
In the next attack, a fierce goal
bound shot from Paco Alcacer
deceived keeper Ivan Cuellar, who
dropped the ball straight at the feet
of Suarez.
With the whole goal to aim at, the
Uruguayan made no mistake for his
first goal since scoring the equaliser
against Atletico Madrid.
Just a minute later, Gerard Pique
was handed a yellow card after
manhandling Amrabat, meaning the
centre-back is now out of the top-of-
the-table clash against Valencia in
week 13.
A great save by Marc-Andre ter
Stegen from Alexander
Szymanowski’s goal-bound shot
kept the status quo as the teams
headed into the break, and it was
the Argentinian who was involved
again on 44 with a whipped cross
that Eraso only just failed to
connect with.
Asier Garitano urged his team
forward at the beginning of the
second half and ter Stegen would
come up trumps again when Claudio
Beauvue was clean through.
At the opposite end, Cuellar
disgraced himself on 53 after
collecting the ball from a Barcelona
attack.
Handing off Suarez, he feigned
injury and suggested he’d been hit
in the face by the striker, an action
that saw the goal scorer yellow
carded.
Still Leganes poured forward in
search of an equaliser.
A double change just before the
hour saw Andres Iniesta and Nelson
Seemed depart for Barcelona,
Paulinho and Aleix VIdal taking
their places.
No sooner had they settled in than
the visitors went straight up the
other end to score a second, Suarez
on the mark again, thanks to a
wicked deflection to deceive
Cuellar.
Messi and Alcacer were involved in
the build-up to a goal that was to
prove decisive, but Ter Stegen has
to take credit for the win too, after
yet another point-blank stop, from
Amrabat in the 63rd minute.
With some breathing space between
them, Barcelona calmed the game
down and left Leganes chasing
shadows for long periods.
A super, incisive move from the
visitors deserved better than Vidal’s
wild effort with the goal at his
mercy, but, fortunately for him,
there were no repercussions.
The final period of the match
drifted somewhat, with Barcelona
content to soak up the pressure and
try and hit their hosts on the break.
Paulinho capped of a fine victory
for the away side with the third
after Messi’s tenacity carved out the
chance.
It’s a vital win for the Blaugrana
that will keep them top no matter
what the result at the Estadio
Mestalla in the next league fixture.
Source:WTN.
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Saraki speaks on 2019 ambition


Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has revealed the only condition that can stop him from contesting the 2019 Presidential election.
According to him, if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to re-contest, then he (Saraki) will not contest.
He said this yesterday on a weekly Hausa Programme aired on Alheri Radio, Kaduna.
The Senate President’s Chief of Staff, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who made Saraki’s position known, said: “There is no way Senator Bukola Saraki will contest for president in 2019 as long as President Buhari will contest.”
“This I know very well because I work with him and I should know that.
“But if President Buhari says he will not re-contest the position, that is a different case.
“The Senate President will not contest against President Buhari because he sees and respected him as a father.
“The same thing happened in 2011 and 2015 if you remember. Saraki declined to contest against him; instead, he joined others to work for the success of the President in the 2015 elections.” he said.
Source:DPN.
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BREAKING NEWS: Anambra Election: Obiano leads in 11 LGAs (OFFICIAL RESULT)


Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has cleared all the 11 LGAs declared by the INEC in the Saturday’s governorship election.
Result so far declared by the electoral umpire show that the incumbent is on his way to retaining his seat for second term.
Anambra has 21 LGA s.
The result so far declared by INEC below:
1. Anaocha
APC 5297
APGA 11237
PDP 6554
2. Ayamelum LGA
APC 5412
APGA 14593
PDP 2323
3. Awka South
APGA 18957
APC 6167
PDP 5354
4. Dunukofia LGA
APC 7016
APGA: 8, 575
PDP 1530
5. Njikoka LGA
APGA 16944
APC 5756
PDP 3477
6. Orumba South
APC 3808
APGA 8125
PDP 2412
7. Ekwusigo
APC 5412
APGA 8595
PDP 3856
8. Aguata
APGA 13167
PDP 4073
APC 5807
9. Onitsha North
PDP 4143
APGA 10138
APC 3808
10. Ogbaru
APC 3415
APGA 6615
PDP 4416
11. Idemili South LG
APC 4063
APGA 5742
PDP 2629
Source:DPN.
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UI Hosts International Conference On Muslim Unity On Monday


Scholars from all walks of life will
storm the ancient city of Ibadan,
Oyo state from Monday Nov. 20 to
Thursday Nov. 23 to brainstorm on
the Muslim Unity and the quest for
National Integration.
In a statement by one of the
conveners of the conference, Prof.
Wahab Egbewole stated that the
conference is being facilitated by
the Islamic Welfare Foundation
in collaboration with the
Department of Arabic and Islamic
Studies, University of Ibadan.
Dubbed: 2017 Conference On Islam
in Nigeria (COIN) and has as its
theme: “Muslim Unity and Quest for
National Integration’’.
Egbewole said the formal opening
ceremony will hold on Tuesday, 21st
November, 2017 at the Arts Theatre,
University of Ibadan with the
Minister of Communication, Barr.
Adebayo Shittu and Prof. Ishaq
Oloyede, JAMB Registrar in
attendance.
He said keynote addresses would be
given by the duo of Prof. Muibi
Opeloye of Obafemi Awolowo
University Ile-Ife, Osun state on “the
National Integration Discourse in
Nigeria: Wither the Muslim
Ummah?” and Prof. Isaac Albert of
University of Ibadan on “Religion
and Consensus Building in Nigeria’’.
Egbewole said four other lead
papers from Prof. Afis Oladosu and
Dr Mrs Folake Tasita of University
of Ibadan, Prof Lakin Akintola,
Lagos State University and
Prof. Musa Aibinu of Federal
University of Technology (FUTH)
Minna will be presented.
He said more than 100 Abstracts
have been received from other
stakeholders both within and
outside the country on issues
relating to the theme.
Source:WTN.
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Buhari’s Govt Lacks Political Will To Fight corruption- Falana

Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Femi
Falana, has said the President
Muhammadu Buhari-led
administration lacked the political
will needed to fight corruption.
He said this on Friday on the
topic:”Restructuring, Pros and Cons:
The place of the Nigerian youth” at
the 78th International Students Day
organised by the Ogun state
government in Abeokuta, the state
capital.
He said, “I am sure you are
following the anti- corruption war
being prosecuted by Muhammadu
Buhari’s administration, men and
women are involved. Christians and
Muslims are involved and those who
believe in traditional religions are
involved. One person has been
charged for collecting N4.7bn from
former President Goodluck Jonathan
for spiritual consultation.”
He added, “The point I am making
is that if our looters are not divided
on the table of ethnicity nothing
will happen. The government still
lacks the political will, the war now
is just a tip of the real iceberg, there
are still money to be recovered.”
The human rights lawyer also
faulted the Senate for approving
$5.5bn loan request put forward by
the executive.
Source:WTN.
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Anambra Decides: Live Election Updates, Results, Situation Reports


Results troop in as vote counting begins
Results are gradually beginning to troop in from polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in Anambra State.
The Results  reported by  DAILY POST show that the election is too close to call.
Some of the results announced at polling units below.
Our Lady of Lordes Unit 003 Polling unit 1
APC-11
APGA-17
PDP-19
Unit 2
Apc-13
APGA-12
PDP-20
Obosi Town Hall
Polling unit 009
Governorship:
UPP=63
APC=14
APGA=18
PDP=1
House of Assembly:
UPP=41
APGA=22
PDP=1
APC=35
Arroma1unit 08
ApgA 73
Pdp 15
APC 18
Ppa 3
Upp 3
Apcn 1
Salvation Army polling unit, Igboukwu
APC = 32
APGA= 2
APGA = 63
PDP = 20
PPA = 3
UPP = O
Unit 6, Ward 3 Idemili North
APGA 69
APC 11
PDP10
UPP 20
Agulu Ward 3 unit 025
APC- 25
PDP- 35
APGA-20

PDP not involved in vote buying – Obaze
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Oseloka Obaze, has absolved his party of allegation of vote buying by candidates in the Anambra governorship election.
The candidate who voted at exactly 1:40pm at his Ogbaru Primary School, Ochuche ward 006, polling unit 001 said he intentionally stayed back until afternoon so as to give the people space to vote.
He said he heard of allegation of vote buying, but said that his party was not involved, while stating that he was still confident that if the process is credible, he would surely win the election.
Obaze expressed satisfaction with the level of security and the conduct of the security agents, while also saying that he cannot discredit the process until his agents have collated reports in diverse parts of the state.
“I cannot react to that now. I do not have the statistics with which to furnish you with, but reports are still trickling in, and I believe that if the process is right I will win the election.”
The candidate said he has heard of reports of low turnout in some parts of the state, but not sure of the reason for the low turnout.
Ifeanyi Ubah votes in Nnewi North
2:00pm
Business mogul, Ifeanyi Ubah has voted at his polling unit, Nnofor Hall, Otolo Ward 1, Nnewi North LGA.
Ubah, shortly after exercising his civic right, asked electorates to avoid violence during and after the process.

APC candidate, Tony Nwoye votes; denies intimidation of party agents
1:50
Tony Nwoye, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the ongoing governorship election has voted.
Nwoye voted at Ofianta PU008, Nsugbe ward 1, Anambra East.
Speaking shortly after casting his vote, Nwoye debunked the alleged intimidation of APC agents and officials by police.

Obaino’s deputy, Nkem Okeke votes
1:30pm
Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke has voted at Ward 004 Uruekwo primary School ENUGWU-UKWU 2 in the ongoing governorship election.
Shortly after casting his vote, Okeke said he was confident his party would retain the seat.
He called on electorates to remain calm while waiting for INEC to announce the final result.
Two arrested at Nsugbe, Nwonye’s ward
1:20pm
Two persons have bee reportedly arrested at Nsugbe, the ward of Tony Nwonye, the APC candidate in the ongoing governorship election.
It was gathered that problem started when a man, a local government chairman, Pius whose identity was given as Ifeadi, came to Ward 1 Nsugbe (Ofianta unit) with some boys to inspect the processes but was stopped by some natives who accused him of working for a rival All Progressives Grand Alliance party.
When the fracas escalated, the police had to arrest two persons suspected to be thugs assisting the council boss.
A witness said, “The chairman is not from this ward. He belongs to another ward. But surprisingly he came here with some boys. The people resisted his attempt to start dictating for them. Then trouble began and the police took two of his boys.
“This place is PDP, so we couldn’t understand why an APGA man should come here to dictate for us on how to vote.”
Electorates shun election in Ozidi
1:00pm
Electorates seem to have shunned the ongoing Anambra governorship election at Ogidi, the headquarters of Idemili North Local Government area.
Ogidi is the birthplace of internationally known author, Chinua Achebe.
Was reported by DAILY POST around 1:00pm , that no electorate was in sight at a polling unit in Ụmụdiọka.
Electoral officials could be seen ambling about waiting for electorates.
Yul Edochie votes, hails exercise
12:40pm
Yul Edochie, candidate of the Democratic Peoples Congress in the ongoing governorship election in Anambra State has voted in his ward.
The Nollywood star, who is also the son of veteran actor, Pete Edochie, said the exercise has been so far peaceful.
“I have voted. Please go out and vote. Do not be scared. It’s peaceful,” Edochie tweeted shortly after casting his vote.
PPA candidate, Ezeemo calls for extension of voting in Aguata
12 noon
The governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) Godwin Ezeemo has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the accreditation and voting time for the people of Umuchu Ward in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
His call is based on the delay in the arrival of electoral materials.
According to him, as of 9:50 am materials and INEC officials had yet to arrive at his polling unit in Igwebuike civic centre in Umuchu Ward 1 in the LGA.
Ezeemo is worried that even with all the preparations by INEC there are still delays in the election process.
I will win this election – Obiano
Incumbent governor of Anambra state, Dr. Willie Obiano, has expressed confidence that he would win the ongoing gubernatorial election with a landslide victory.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after casting his vote at Otuocha ward 1, at his hometown, Auleri, in Anambra East senatorial district, Obiano said he was satisfied with the conduct of the election.
“A few minutes ago, I performed my Civic responsibility. It started with the accreditation I was told my card is verified, but my finger print, they said it couldn’t be read, but they said that doesn’t count​ since my card had been verified, so I hope that counts.
“I’ve already performed my civic responsibility. I am really upbeat, I am very happy to see the large turn out of voters eagerly waiting to cast their votes. I am very confident that at the end of the day, I am going to carry the day, I’ll win this election with a landslide victory, and that will be to the glory of God,” he said.
According to him, “If you look around, you will see that there is peace and tranquility everywhere. I urge all my supporters all over Anambra state to please come out and ​diligently stay on the queue and vote. At the end of the day, their votes will count and the numbers will be counted.”
Commenting on the general conduct of the election so far, Obiano said but for the few hitches reported, which he said are nothing to worry about.
Governor Obiano going to vote
“Little hick ups here and there. Delays, like in Uli, where two of the polling booths, as we speak, the INEC people are not there. We are following up on that. Other than that, there are very, very minor incidents here and there, but nothing to make me worry at all at this point in time,” he added.
 
Party agent ‘lures’ voters with food
11: 55
At Illo Abito square PU 001 Nsugbe ward 1, a party agent was seen sharing food to votes.
The agent was also accused of enticing voters with N2000 to vote his party.
Meanwhile, at Ukpor ward 4, PU 007 and 008, Nnewi South, voters came out in their numbers to vote. Foreign observers can be seen monitoring the poll.
 
 
One arrested for allegedly buying votes, Chidoka arrives polling unit
11:00am
Officials of the Department to Security Service have arrested an unidentified man for allegedly trying to buy votes in the ongoing governorship election.
The man is currently held by DSS officials
Meanwhile, Osita Chidoka, the UPP candidate, arrived his polling unit 030 at Central School 3 at 9.55am, but the officials at the unit just started setting up.
Massive turnout at Umuobi community
10: 50
Residents of Umuobi Community today came out en mass to cast their votes for the governorship election in Anambra State.
The election in the area at the time of this report is peaceful according to Voting Point Officer of Unit 001, Kelechukwu Elemuwo.
Elemuwo disclosed that accreditation started early before voting commenced.
Officials of the Department of State Security, DSS, and some men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were on ground to ensure a smooth exercise.
APGA chairman, Victor Oye casts vote in Awka South, laments party’s ‘tiny logo’
10:30
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Ike Oye has claimed that the symbol of the party in the ballot paper is ‘too small.’
Chief Oye made the assertion shortly after casting his vote at Unit 003 about 9:45am in Amuobia Village, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Chief Oye stated that it was even difficult for him to identify his party logo in the ballot paper before casting his vote.
He however described the turn out of the people as “impressive” stressing that accreditation and voting took place simultaneously in the area.
“I think this is mass improvement from what we’ve always had. We are very very happy. We believe that everything will end well.”
Chief Oye added,”everything is moving fine and people are efficiently mobilized and they are conscientized as well as enlightened.”
He expressed hope that the people will do he right thing, saying,” people voted and they are waiting for the results.”
Accreditation, voting begin in Awka
Accreditation and voting by registered voters for the Anambra governorship in some part of the state have started.
At Awka award 8, Agu Awka, three polling units in the area began accreditation and voting simultaneously at about 9:10am.
Samuel Okezie, the agent of the PDP told the news Agent that the party is satisfied with the process so far.
He said the part was happy with the process, which allows one to receive accreditation and vote immediately.
As the news was gathered that election have also started in most other parts of the state as early as 8:50.
Obiano finally cast his vote at Otuocha
10:17
Incumbent governor, Willie Obiano has finally voted at Eri primary school, in Otuocha.
The governor had earlier stepped after the card reader failed to detect his fingertips.
Card reader fails to detect Obiano’s fingertips
Smart card reader at Eri primary school, Otuocha couldn’t detect Willie Obiano’s fingertips.
The governor has stepped aside while the INEC ad-hoc staff is trying to resolve the problem.
Obiano arrived the unit around 10am.
Accreditation, voting commence in Onitsha North
10:20am Accreditation and voting have commenced at the Central School Amawbia 2 unit 003, 002, 001. Voters are said to be tricking in smoothly.
Meanwhile, materials and personnel have not arrive at any of the 3 polling units visited in Onitsha North LGA as of 7:30 am. Ado girls secondary school, Awka road Onitsha, New era secondary school Omagba phase1 and Prince memorial high school.
However, some youths were seen playing football at the Unizik junction, Awka.
Governor Obiano arrives polling unit
Governor Willie Obiano has arrived at Eri Primary School, Unit 004, Otuocha 1, Aguleri, Anambra East LG to cast his vote.
The governor, who was accompanied by his wife and some aides arrived the centre around 10am.
Voters flee Nkpor polling unit over ‘spiritual charms’
Voters in Nkpor, Anambra state have fled from the Ilogwu Orie Nkpor Polling Unit, after more than seven spiritual charms (JUJU) were seen at the entrance of the polling unit.
Recall that the outlawed IPOB group had threatened to do anything to maintain the sit at home order of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
However, a man has been arrested by security offiers for impersonation. The man, believed to be in his 50s was arrested for holding two voters card at Ubuluisiozor Ward 001 Ihiala LGA.
Voters protest as card reader malfunctions at Oriaifite ward
9:35am
Reports from Oriaifite ward 3, precisely Irefi central school PU 003-006 have it that voters and INEC officials are currently involved in heated argument over the inability of the card reader to function well.
The INEC ad-hoc staff are at the moment sweating it out to fix the malfunctioning machine.
Meanwhile, report from Uswundiuka1 in Otuocha, Anambra East said there is a massive turnout of voters in the exercise.
Also, voting has started at PU011 Ward 3 Atani Ogbaru LGA.
IPOB, MASSOB members go into hiding as soldiers, police take over state
9:30am
As accreditation and voting get underway in the ongoing governorship election, findings which was reported by DAILY POST have shown that members of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB and the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB have gone into hiding as soldiers, mobile policemen and other security agents have taken over the state.
From our observation, the IPOB and MASSOB members, who have been calling on electorates in the state to boycott the exercise, seemed to have lost their independence and sovereignty as the state is currently calm and peaceful contrary to threat that the election will be bloody.
At the time of filing this report, there are no agitations or words from the groups while the exercise is about to kick off virtually in all the polling boots visited in Ndemili North Local Government Area.
Accreditation, voting commence
10:20am Accreditation and voting have commenced at the Central School Amawbia 2 unit 003, 002, 001. Voters are said to be tricking in smoothly.
Meanwhile, materials and personnel have not arrive at any of the 3 polling units visited in Onitsha North LGA as of 7:30 am. Ado girls secondary school, Awka road Onitsha, New era secondary school Omagba phase1 and Prince memorial high school.
However, some youths were seen playing football at the Unizik junction, Awka.
 
9:00 am Accreditation and voting have commenced at the Central School Amawbia 2 unit 003, 002, 001. Voters are said to be tricking in smoothly.
Meanwhile, some youths were seen playing football at the Unizik junction, Awka.

7:50 am: Latest report has it that election materials just arrived at PU/003 at Obunagu, Ukpo, Dunuknfia L.G.A Anambra in the ongoing governorship election.
Our reporter, who is on ground the state, reports that situation in the polling booth is calm as security men were on ground to maintain a hitch-free exercise.
Meanwhile, voters are yet to arrive the centre at the time of this report.
Anambra holds its governorship election today. The election is holding amid tight security following threats by different groups to either disrupt or boycott the exercise. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC successfully distributed electoral materials on Friday ahead of today’s election.
Today, November 18, electorates in the ‘Light of the Nation’ would march to polling booths across the state to elect who would captain the ”political ship” of the state in the next four years.
 
 
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had since released names of 37 successful candidates, who indicated interest in becoming the next governor of the State.
However, among the 37 contenders, four persons have been tipped for the number one seat.
Among the four top candidates are the incumbent, Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Nwonye of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as Osita Chidoka of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN.
He is running on the platform of the Democratic Peoples’ Congress (DPC).
The electoral body also assured that all political parties and their candidates would be given equal treatment at the poll
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar also announced that the force has deployed 16,000 officers for the over 4,000 polling units to ensure a hitch-free election.
The D-day is here and the battle has been drawn along this line.
Source: DPN.
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