TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, SUNDAY
UAE Rejects All Visa Applications, Slam Ban On Nigerians
United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities on Friday announced that it has slammed a visa ban on Nigerians.
Dubai authorities, in a notice issued to its trade partners including travel agents, disclosed that all Dubai applications submitted are now rejected.
According to the notice, the authorities added that the rejections will be sent in batches. The rejections, the Dubai authorities said “are general for Nigerians and approvals are on hold at the moment.”
The notice equally specified that there would be no refund for rejected applications.
“Kindly advise your clients to resubmit C2=A0 applications when the issue is resolved between both governments,” the notice to the Nigerian travel agents further declared.
No reason was given for the drastic measure taken by the UAE.
2023: Tinubu To Unleash Anti-terrorist Battalions To Fight Insurgency
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has revealed some of his plans to combat insecurity in Nigeria if he emerges president in 2023.
This was made known on Friday during the inauguration of his 80-page manifesto tagged “Renewed Hope 2023, Action Plan for a Better Nigeria.”
Tinubu revealed plans to establish a highly trained and disciplined special forces anti-terrorist battalion to fight the terrorists and insurgents.
The APC candidate further promised to strengthen the capacity of the military and other security forces by making modern equipment available to them and recruit the right people into the system.
He said: “Highly trained and disciplined anti-terrorist battalions (ABATTS) with special forces units will be created. Their objective shall be to seize the strategic and tactical initiative, giving terrorists, kidnappers and bandits.
“Military units will be better equipped with tactical communications gear and new vehicles to give them a greater communications and mobility advantage over criminals, bandits and terrorists.
“We will further modernise our Armed Forces by ensuring that our weapons systems (land, sea and air) are capable of addressing current and anticipated security threats in the modern world. This shall also mean the recruitment of people who possess the technical skills required for today’s military.”
2023: The Change Nigeria Needs Can’t Be Found In Peter Obi – Sani
The presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Yabagi Sani says the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi can’t offer Nigerians the kind of change the country needs.
According to Sani, Obi is a part of the established politicians that got Nigeria to where the country is at the moment.
He argued that Obi and others such as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu are all part of the problem and can’t meet the aspirations of the people come 2023.
He made the submission during an interview with Punch where he was asked about the growing popularity of Labour Party’s Peter Obi and if he could be the third force to deliver Nigerians from the old set of politicians.
In response, he said Obi and others like him don’t possess what Nigerians are looking for but are only making noise.
In his words, “I am not in the Labour Party and I will not like to talk about another political party as far as that issue is concerned. All I know is that Nigeria needs a change and the change we are looking for is not from establishment politicians such as Peter Obi, Bola Tinubu and others, who are making so much noise. They played key roles in putting us where we are today. That is not what Nigerians are looking for.”
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Atiku Commences Tours Of Flood Impacted States
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar will commence a tour of states with high incidents of flooding across all geo-political zones in the country on Tuesday.
A press release by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe states that the PDP presidential flag bearer shall be visiting Bayelsa State, to kickstart the tour.
According to Ibe, “the tours to states ravaged by flooding become incumbent in view of the trauma that the incidents have caused its victims.
“Consequently, the tours will provide the presidential candidate the opportunity to have an on-sight impact assessment of these flooding incidents and give him a veritable window to input those ecological concerns in his policy documents.”
Recall that the PDP presidential candidate had supported flood victims in Jigawa, Yobe and Kano long before now.
He was also the first candidate to speak on the issue and had counselled that persons living around the most vulnerable areas be temporarily evacuated following the alert by the meteorological agency that a further 24 states faced the risk of major flooding.
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APC Reportedly Intensifies Plot To Oust INEC Chairman, Recruit Senators
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has allegedly intensified plots to instigate the National Assembly to pass a vote of no confidence which could lead to the suspension or removal of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
According to Saturday Sun, some politicians are uncomfortable with the INEC chairman’s insistence on wholly deploying technology in the conduct of the elections.
It was gathered that those opposed to Yakubu are putting pressure on some senators to recommend his suspension or removal to President Muhammadu Buhari.
They want the INEC chairman to jettison the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the INEC Election Result Viewing Portal in next year’s general elections.
The 1999 Constitution, as amended, stipulates that the President can only remove the INEC Chairman on the strength of a recommendation by the Senate.
The President will have to rely on the nod of two-thirds of members of the Senate, the nation’s highest law-making body to discipline INEC chairman.
2023: Peter Obi, Tinubu, Atiku Are All Ethnic Candidates – Sani
The presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Yabagi Sani has declared that he has a national approach as against others who are regional/ethnic candidates.
Sani, who is also the Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), submitted that Labour Party’s (LP) Peter Obi, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and All Progressives Congress’s (APC), Bola Tinubu are all ethnic candidates.
He said this in an interview with Punch which was published on Saturday.
Answering a question on the impact of zoning and religion on the 2023 presidential election and the possible outcome, Sani submitted that capacity, competence and qualification are more important parameters that should be used in choosing leaders.
He argued that zoning and religion have not made the country have better leadership.
In his words, “The problem of this country can easily be solved if as a nation we are able to distance ourselves from these dichotomies that have nothing to do with leadership.
“What has religion, ethnicity or zoning got to do with the capacity, competence or qualification of a person leading the country?”
Atiku, Ayu Arrive Edo For Presidential Campaign Rally
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the National Chairman of the main opposition party, Iyorchia Ayu have arrived in Edo State.
PDP will hold its presidential campaign in Edo State ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The former vice President arrived at the Benin City Airport alongside members of the PDP presidential campaign council.
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu received Atiku at the airport.
Other top politicians, PDP officials and members were also in attendance.
Atiku was welcomed in Edo by cheering supporters of women and youth with drums to receive him as they chant his name in solidarity.
The PDP presidential candidate and his entourage visited the palace of the Oba of Benin, his royal majesty, Oba Ewuare II.
Atiku during the visit sought the blessings of the monarch for his ambition.
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2023: Lalong Hints At APC Strategy To Win 2023 Presidency For Tinubu
The Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said his party would focus on issue-based campaigns ahead of the 2023 elections.
He said the APC would not join other political parties in propaganda and falsehood but would rather focus on projecting its candidate, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima based on their achievements while in previous political offices.
Lalong submitted that by so doing, Nigerians would be convinced on why they should vote for the APC instead of other political parties.
The Plateau State Governor also emphasized that the achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration would go a long way in helping the APC’s fortune in 2023.
He made the submission on Friday in Abuja during the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign council and PCC and the unveiling of the action plan/manifesto of its presidential candidate.
Sanwo-Olu Almost Denied Second-Term Ticket, We Begged Tinubu – CAN Chairman
The Lagos State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, has revealed how they pleaded with the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu to allow Babajide Sanwo-Olu run for a second term.
Adegbite disclosed that the Lagos State Governor was almost hindered from contesting for a second term under the APC.
The CAN Chairman noted that Christians in the state pleaded with Tinubu to allow Sanwo-Olu in the 2023 race because Muslims have ruled the state for 15 years.
Adegbite said Akinwunmi Ambode who is a Christian was only allowed to rule the state for four years before he was removed.
He noted that Tinubu after reaching out to him allowed a Christian should rule the state for another four years.
The CAN Chairman stated this while speaking on the Muslim/Muslim ticket of the APC and how Tinubu has supported Christians.
Actress Peggy Ovire Breaks Silence On Her Engagement To Frederick Leonard
Nollywood actress, Peggy Ovire has broken silence following her engagement with her colleague turned lover, Frederick Leonard.
Naija News reports that Frederick, on Friday went public with their romance as he celebrated Peggy’s birthday on his social media page.
Frederick was later seen in a video sighted on his knees proposing to Peggy Ovire, to which she answers a resounding yes, at the cheering excitement of other Nollywood actors present at the event.
Taking to Instagram, Peggy gushed over Frederick’s love stating that he was her first best friend.
She further appreciated him for loving her despite her stubbornness, praying that God’s favour never departs from his life.