2019: PDP Bows to Atiku

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Atiku’s return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has altered permutations in the party. The party zoned its 2019 presidential ticket to the North and the position of the national chairman to the South. Stakeholders favour micro zoning of the topmost party position to the Southwest and ceding of the vice presidential ticket to the South east. In the event of victory at the polls, the South south is tipped to produce President of the Senate. However, Atiku’s re-entry is fast altering the calculations in the…

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Menotti Writes Off Super Eagles Against Argentina

Argentina 1978 World Cup winning coach, César Luis Menotti, has said that Argentina are assured of three points in their 2018 World Cup clash against Super Eagles on June 26. Both countries have met four times in the group stage of previous editions of the World Cup, and it has been a close affair with the South Americans winning by a single goal-margin each time. ‘’ ’The group is satisfactory, we are better than in the 78 World Cup that we had Italy, Hungary and France,’’ Menotti said in an…

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Guardiola Hails Team For West Ham Win

Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City for refusing to be frustrated by West Ham’s massed defence after the Premier League leaders came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win on Sunday. Free-scoring City found it hard to break down the well-organised Hammers after Angelo Ogbonnna’s shock opener just before half-time, but they kept their heads and equalised through Nicolas Otamendi 12 minutes after the break before David Silva volleyed a fine winner with seven minutes left. “We started really well but we lost our patience. We didn’t have any rhythm because (West Ham goalkeeper) Adrian…

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‘We Will Fight Till The End’- Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is refusing to concede defeat in the Premier League title race even though his team are now 15 points adrift of Manchester City in top spot. Mauricio Pochettino has ruled Tottenham out of contention but Wenger is refusing to throw in the towel despite Saturday’s painful 3-1 loss to Manchester United. The Gunners, who last won the trophy in 2003-04 and have three more points than rivals Spurs, are lagging in fifth spot after five defeats in their first 15 games.  “I am not Pochettino, I…

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Ulreich Eyes Revenge Against PSG

Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich says Bayern Munich are out to avenge their Champions League thrashing at the hands of the Paris Saint-Germain when the teams clash again in Bavaria on Tuesday. Bayern crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Paris at the end of September, when Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all scored at the Parc de Princes which led to the Germans firing Carlo Ancelotti and rehired Jupp Heynckes as head coach. Since then, Bayern have won ten of their 11 games. With both teams through to the last 16,…

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Neymar May Not Join Real Madrid

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez insisted he cannot envisage former teammate Neymar moving to rivals Real Madrid due to his “admiration” for Barca. Neymar spent four years at the Camp Nou before sensationally moving to Paris Saint-German in August for a world record 222 million euro ($264 million) fee. However, rumours of a move back to Spain with the European champions surfaced after Neymar clashed with new strike partner and Suarez’s international teammate Edison Cavani back in September.  “No, not at all,” Suarez told Spanish sports daily Marca on Monday when…

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Court Orders Arrest Of Chimaroke Nnamani

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday issued a bench warrant against a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, and his ex-aide, Sunday Anyaogu, with whom he was charged with an alleged fraud of N5.3bn. Justice Chuka Obiozor issued bench warrant against the ex-governor and Anyaogu for failing to appear in court on Monday for their scheduled re-arraignment.  The judge rejected the explanation by Nnamani’s lawyer, Mr. Abubakar Shamsudeen, from the chambers of Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN), that his client was at the moment bedridden in a hospital…

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Maina: The Mungono Set Up

By Stephen Ubanna For months that the Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, Pension Reform Fund, saga broke out in the country, Babagana Mungono a retired Major General and    National Security Adviser, NSA,  to President Muhammadu Buhari had never been mentioned in connection with it. He had been seen as one who is committed to his job allowing the likes of Mamman Lawal Daura , Director General,  State Security Service, SSS, Ibrahim Magu, acting  Chairman, Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, other Security Chiefs to  be visible in the Administration. But many…

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The Maina Saga: Brickbats still on

The Maina saga is a saga that has refused to go away. Recently, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had accused the former pension boss, Abdulrashid Maina, of using his son’s account to Launder money, insisting that N1.7bllion was lodged in he son’s account. Maina has been declared a fugitive since stories started going round that the Bornu state borne civil servant, who has been dismissed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration for corruption, and has been living at Dubai since, was secretly brought…

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