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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Flight attendant, 21, left with lips that resembled a "baboon's bottom" after botched lip filler treatment (photos)









A flight attendant has disclosed how a botched lip filler treatment left her with swollen lips that looked like she had "baboon bottom" lips.



Olivia McCann, 21, from Chorley, Lancashire, revealed how her lips were massaged so hard during a dissolving procedure that they grew to triple their size and "looked like they were about to pop."



The beautician reportedly assured her that swelling was normal, but Olivia was so horrified with the result that she hid at home for four days and declined her boyfriend's video calls.







In 2019, Olivia had a successful lip filler at another salon. She then decided to try a different filler elsewhere and was told she would need to have residual product dissolved first. It was during this £100 procedure, in March 2020, that her lips were injected with dissolver and vigorously massaged. This made her lips expand.



Due to how her lips looked after the treatment, Olivia wore sunglasses to avoid people recognising her and was forced to miss two days of work.







It isn't the first time Olivia has had filler-related disasters. She has had several other experiences at different salons over two years including swelling, lumpiness and uneven distribution of filler.







Now Olivia is sharing pictures of her latest ordeal to inspire others to do proper research before having invasive cosmetic treatments after lockdown.







Her lips later returned to their normal size but the experience has not put her off cosmetic surgery. She said she would still go under the needle again.





Watford sell Pape Gueye to Marseille just 17 hours after joining them following a controversial comment he made









Watford have sold Pape Gueye to Marseille just 17 hours after he joined them following a controversial comment he made.


Back in April, the Premier League club agreed a five-year deal for the 21-year-old French midfielder understood to be worth in the region of £45,000 a month. He was photographed holding a Watford shirt after putting pen to paper in the pre-contract agreement.



Gueye was due to officially join Watford on Wednesday, July 1, as a free agent and had been registered as their player. But he changed his mind saying he was 'badly advised' to sign for the club.



Following his controversial comment, Watford held talks with Marseille regarding a move for Pape Gueye just 17 hours after they had finalised his arrival.



The Ligue 1 side have now announced the signing of the 21-year-old midfielder on a 4-year contract.

Court dismisses suit against Oshiomhole

















A lawsuit filed against the immediate past Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and three others have been dismissed by a Federal High Court (FCT) sitting in Jabi, Abuja.



The lawsuit which was filed by Comrade Mustapha Salihu and five others, was the one that led to an order being granted by same court to effect the suspension of Oshiomhole from further acting as chairman of the APC.



The Plaintiffs' lawyer, Oluwola Afolabi who moved a motion to withdraw the case on Thursday July 2, said it was in line with the directive of the leaders of the APC that all court cases be discontinued in the interest of peace.



Oshiomhole's lawyer Ginika Ezeoke who did not oppose the plantiffs' desire to withdraw the case, urged the court to dismiss the suit on the grounds that the parties have filed pleadings and have be enjoined issues in relation to the subject of the case.



Justice Danlami Senchi who ruled on the case, dismissed the suit and ordered the parties involved to bear their respective costs.

Judge lifts ban on ‘tell-all’ book by Trump’s niece












An appeals court judge in New York has lifted a temporary ban on the publication of a potentially explosive “tell-all” book by President Donald Trump’s niece.



The ruling issued Wednesday, July 1, allows publisher Simon & Schuster to print and distribute the 240-page book by Mary Trump.







In the book, Mary dubbed her uncle Donald Trump “the world’s most dangerous man.”



Donald Trump's brother, Robert Trump, had asked for the restraining order, arguing that Mary was violating a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 after the settlement over the estate of Fred Trump — the father of Donald Trump, Robert Trump, and Fred Trump Jr. (Mary Trump's father).



Judge Alan Scheinkman postponed addressing whether the author had violated the non-disclosure agreement preventing her from revealing family secrets by writing the book, titled "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man."



Nevertheless, Simon & Schuster “is not a party to the agreement,” so the block of their publication of the book “is vacated,” he ruled.



Reacting to the ruling, Mary Trump’s attorney Ted Boutrous said in a statement that the lifting of the prior restraint against the publisher was “very good news.”



“We look forward to filing our brief tomorrow (Thursday) in the trial court explaining why the same result is required as to Ms. Trump, based on the First Amendment and basic contract law,” he said.



Mary Trump’s legal team said they were hoping for a July 10 hearing.



In the book, Mary, a clinical psychologist, recounts what she witnessed of the “toxic family” in the home of her grandparents, according to her publisher.



The Daily Beast reported earlier that the book will reveal that Mary Trump was the crucial source for explosive New York Times reporting on Trump’s finances, which suggested the billionaire paid little in tax for decades.

"What is happening to Christians and churches qualifies fully as persecution''- Rev Chris Oyakhilome (video)









Reverend Chris Oyakhilome, senior pastor of Christ Embassy, has once again kicked against the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the government for religious gatherings. Speaking during a live sermon on Wednesday, July 1, the clergyman said what is happening to churches with regards to the guidelines qualifies fully as persecution.



In his words


''What is happening to Christians and Churches qualifies fully as persecution because in many countries, many states and many cities, people are allowed to go to the shops, market places, crowded places for hours without wearing a mask. Nobody cares about social distancing...and yet we have those who have the audacity and the foolishness to go into churches and say they are monitoring churches because the virus only attacks people who go to church''



He said the regulation is just for a certain time as the Church would not tolerate it for too long.


Watch a video of him speaking below

Twitter removes meme posted by Donald Trump for violating its copyright policy















Social media company, Twitter has continued its crackdown on Donald Trump's account by removing a meme tweeted by the US president on Tuesday, after the New York Times filed a copyright complaint over the use of the photo.



Trump posted an image of himself on Tuesday but by Thursday morning the photo had been taken down.





The photo was taken by NYT photographer Damon Winter for a feature on the then-presidential candidate in 2015. The black and white picture showed a smirking Trump sitting down while pointing at the camera, but was edited into a meme with bold white text saying: 'In reality, they're not after me they're after you. I'm just in the way.'







By Thursday, the photo had disappeared from the president's account and the tweet instead showed a 'media not displayed' notice.


Twitter has now confirmed removing the meme saying it violated copyright policies after the New York Times filed a 'takedown notice' on Wednesday under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

'This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder,' Twitter said ..

'Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,' the company said.


The move marks the second time in two weeks that Twitter has cracked down on Trump's account, having previously flagged a video tweeted by the president as 'manipulated media.'



In May, Twitter began placing fact-check warnings on tweets from Trump's own account after he called mail-in ballots 'fraudulent', predicted problems with the November elections, and reacted to the killing of black American man George Floyd by a White Policeman in May.



On May 28, Trump signed an executive order that ends legal protections for social media firms, which he has accused of political bias.



The order opens Twitter, Facebook and Google up to lawsuits by diluting the legal protection which stops them from being liable for posts on their platforms.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

18-year-old Bukayo Saka signs new long-term deal with Arsenal

















Arsenal forward, Bukayo Saka has signed a new long-term deal with the Gunners.



The Gunners confirmed on Wednesday, July 1, that the promising 18-year-old winger has committed his future after inking a long term deal with the London club.



Saka, who started his career with Arsenal's Hale End academy also took to Twitter to announce the good news.



He tweeted: "London is my home. Arsenal my team. I'm so happy to finally announce my contract extension. I love playing for this club and I'm looking forward to what the future holds.. The hard work continues so I can continue living my dream. God is Great !!'



Speaking on the deal, Arteta told the club's official website: 'Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player. He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances.



'I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.'







Technical director Edu Gaspar added: 'This is something everyone involved wanted to happen and we are delighted that Bukayo has signed a new long-term contract.



'He's making great progress and is one of a number of young players who have developed through our academy. This is so important for us as we move forward as a club.'



Bukayo Saka was born in London Borough of Ealing to Nigerian parents, meaning he is eligible to play for either Nigeria and England. So far in his young career, Saka has only played for England, representing The Three Lions at youth level.

Jada Pinkett-Smith responds after singer August Alsina said they had a romantic relationship with Will Smith's blessing












Hollywood star Jada Pinkett Smith has responded after singer, August Alsina alleged they had a romantic relationship, during a heartfelt interview.



In a recent interview with Breakfast Club Power 105.1's Angela Yee, August Alsina said he had a romantic relationship with mum-of-two, Jada Pinkett-Smith. He also claimed that Jada's husband, Will Smith, gave the relationship his blessing.



During the interview, Alsina opened up to Yee saying: “I actually sat down with Will [Smith] and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership … he gave me his blessing.”



The actress and talk show host has now responded through her representatives.



According to Page Six, Jada's reps said August Alsina's claim of a romantice relationship with Jada is “absolutely not true”.



The 27-year-old "Ghetto" singer was introduced to Pinkett, 48, back in 2015 by her son Jaden when they were in London. August grew close to the Smiths and he attended holidays with the family in Hawaii back in 2016. He also attended the BET Awards with Jada back in 2017.



August says he fell in love with Pinkett, saying “I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her."

Attack at Federal Medical Center was carried out by relatives of patients- Kogi state government



















The Kogi state government says the attack at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) today Wednesday, July 1, was by relatives of patients abandoned by the staff of the hospital.



LIB had earlier reported that unknown gunmen stormed the health facility, carted away vital documents as well as phones and laptops of staff and patients in the hospital. The gunmen also disrupted a COVID-19 press conference earlier scheduled by the management of the hospital.



In a statement released this afternoon, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, said the attack was by protesting family members of patients in the hospital. His statement reads




“The attention of the Kogi State Government has been drawn to the unfortunate scuffle between the Staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja and some patients' relatives at the hospital, this morning.

Preliminary findings revealed that the violence ensued when relations of patients in the medical facility protested against the failure of the management of the hospital to attend to them. Many people in the emergency ward were left unattended to and a mother delivered at the gate of the hospital. That generated a lot of public tension in the state.

Tension started building since yesterday when patients and their relatives learnt of a plan by the medical staff to stage a protest today, seeking protection from COVID-19. We urge the people of the state to remain calm as government will ensure maintenance of law and order.

We also sue for calm and urge medical authorities to remain committed to their medical profession and responsibilities as Government will protect them in order to give them the confidence to deliver. Healthcare management must never be politicized. Also, government will carry out further investigations to ascertain the remote causes of the breach of peace by the protesters and also address their fears.”

Student with highest JAMB result, Egoagwuagwu Agnes gets 16 million Naira reward from Nigerian Society of Engineers












Egoagwuagwu Agnes Maduafokwa was rewarded with ''16 million Naira'' by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).



Agnes scored 365 in the last JAMB exam, making her the overall best student.



For her hard work, at the unveiling of UTME examination engineering candidates, a cheque of sixteen million Naira was presented to the teenager by the NSE.



Fox News fires one of its top news anchors, Ed Henry over sexual misconduct allegation









Fox News has fired host Ed Henry of America’s Newsroom after an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct was leveled by a former employee.




Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and FOX News Media President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace made the announcement in a memo to all employees on Wednesday, July 1.




According to the memo, the network received a complaint from a former employee’s attorney about allegations of willful sexual misconduct years ago. Fox News immediately retained an outside law firm, and based on the investigation’s finding, Henry has been terminated.



“We would like to bring a very serious matter to your attention in an effort toward full transparency given the many actions we have taken to improve the culture here over the last four years,” the memo said.



“On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago. We immediately retained an outside law firm (which has never represented FOX News in investigation or litigation) to independently investigate the claims. Ed was suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibility pending investigation. Based on investigating findings, Ed has been terminated.”



Fox News said rotating anchors would fill in at “America’s Newsroom” for an interim period. Sandra Smith will remain on the program in her co-anchor role.



“Fox News Media strictly prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, misconduct and discrimination,” the network executives said in their statement. “We will continue striving to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees.”




Henry was promoted to a news anchor by Fox News back in December 2019 after years serving as the network’s chief national corespondent and co-host of the opinion show Fox & Friends Weekend. Prior to joining Fox News back in 2011, Henry was a White House correspondent for CNN.

President Buhari sends names of 42 Ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation












President Buhari has sent a letter to the Nigerian Senate requesting the screening and confirmation of 41 non-career and one career ambassadorial nominees for appointment.



One of the nominees Suleiman Sani from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was nominated as a career ambassador while the remaining 41 were nominated as non-career ambassadors.



The President's letter of request was read on the floor at plenary by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan today Wednesday, July 1.



See below the full names on the list and the states they represent

1. Debo Adesina (Oyo)

2. Ademola Seriki (Lagos)

3. Dare Sunday Awoniyi (Kogi)

4. Engr Umar Suleiman (Adamawa)

5. L.S. Mandama (Adamawa)

6. Oboro Effiong Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)

7. Chief Elijah Onyeagba (Anambra)

8. Abubakar D. Ibrahim Siyi (Bauchi)

9. Philip K. Ikurusi (Bayelsa)

10. Hon. Tarzoor Terhemen (Benue)

11. Paul Ogba Adikwu (Benue)

12. Al-Bashir Ibrahim Al-Hassan (Borno)

13. Brig. Gen. Bwala Y?suf, Bukar (Borno)

14. Prof. Monique Ekpong (Cross River)

15. Oma Djebah (Delta)

16. Ominyi N. Eze (Ebonyi)

17. Yamah Mohammed Musa (Edo)

18. Maj. Gen. C.O. Ugwu (Enugu)

19. Dr. Hajara I. Salim (Gombe)

20. Obiezu Ijeoma Chinyerem (Imo)

21. Ali M. Magashi (Jigawa)

22. Prof. M.A. Makarfi (Kaduna)

23. Hamisu Umar Takalmawa (Kano)

24. Jazuli Imam Galandanci (Kano)

25. Amina Ado Kurawa (Kano)

26. Amb. Yahaya Lawal (Katsina)

27. Ibrahim Kayode Laaro (Kwara)

28. Abioye Bello (Kwara)

29. Zara Maazu Umar (Kwara)

30. Henry John Omaku (Nasarawa)

31. Chief Sarafa Tunji Isola (Ogun)

32. Mrs. Nimi Akinkube (Ondo)

33. Adejaba Bello (Osun)

34. Adeshina Alege (Oyo)

35. Ms. Folakemi Akinyele (Oyo)

36. Shehu Abdullahi Yibaikwal (Plateau)

37. Hon. Maureen Tamuno (Rivers)

38. Faruk Yabo (Sokoto)

39. Adamu M. Hassan (Taraba)

40. Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed (Yobe)

41. Abubakar Moriki (Zamfara)

Maroon 5 star, Mickey Madden arrested on domestic violence charge









Mickey Madden, bassist with pop-rock group Maroon 5, has been arrested on charges of domestic violence.



According to Page Six, the star was first arrested on Saturday June 27, but news of his arrest was confirmed by major US outlets on Wednesday, July 1.



According to the Los Angeles Police Deoartment, Mickey, 41, was taken into custody on Saturday in LA, under under penal code 273.5(a) with the charge described as ‘wilfully inflicting a traumatic injury on a spouse or cohabitant’. The identity of his alleged victim has not been made public.



Madden has been released from custody after he posted $50,000 bail but he will be expected in court on 29 September over the charges.


He faces six years in prison and a fine of $6,000 (£4,839) if found guilty.



Maroon 5 is an American pop rock and funk pop band from Los Angeles, California that is made up of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, lead guitarist James Valentine, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboardist PJ Morton and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar.







Madden has been part of Maroon 5 since the early days of the band’s inception and also played alongside the group before they found fame, in the 90s. This isn’t the first time the bassist has been in trouble with police officers, after he was arrested on cocaine charges four years ago.


A spokesperson for the group confirming the arrest to British news site Metro UK said: ‘We are deeply devastated by this disappointing news. As we learn more, we are looking at this very seriously. ‘For now, we are allowing all of the individuals involved the space to work things through.’



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Airports are about 90% ready for reopening- Minsiter of Aviation, Hadi Sirika















The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says airports in Nigeria are 90% ready for reopening.



He said this today Saturday, June 27, 2020 after he and other government officials partook in the dry run simulation exercises held at the domestic terminals of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos respectively.







The exercise, which was aimed at assessing the readiness of the airports for reopening post Covid-19 was witnessed by the Honourable Ministers of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, State for Health, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force, Dr. Aliyu Sanni, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Chairman, Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, amongst several other stakeholders.



The simulation exercise began in Abuja as passengers were taken through the Post Covid-19 departure protocols enroute Lagos on a Boeing 737 Aerocontractors flight. The team from Abuja arrived at the General Aviation Terminal, Lagos at about 1200hours. Passengers onboard the flight were facilitated in line with the normal procedural order of arrival facilitation.



In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika expressed his delight at the level of facilities on ground. He added that going by the measures that have been put in place, the airports are about 90% ready to reopen.



According to Senator Sirika, domestic passengers will now have to get to the airports like three hours before departure, while international passengers would be expected to get to the airports about five hours before their flight. This is to ensure that all protocols, including safety markings, social distancing, hand sanitizing, baggage decontamination, scanning of personal items, etc. are complied with forthwith.



Other Ministers on ground and the National Coordinator of PTF also took their turn to comment on their impression of the preparedness of the airports for reopening. They also expressed satisfaction at the measures on ground and optimism that the airports are ready for reopening.



The team from Abuja also went through the departure protocols, signalling the end of the exercise.

Police uncover six assault rifles inside a church building in Delta state












The police in Delta state have uncovered six assault rifles in a church building located in Okwe community in Asaba, the state capital.



The state Commissioner for Health, Hafiz Inuwa, who disclosed this today June 27, said Freeman Eze, a community vigilante and the pastor of the church, Christ Holy Church International, claimed the weapons were procured for the protection of the church.



Inuwa explained that the police raided the church following a tipoff.




“When we got our intelligence on June 23, we just swoop into the area where Christ Holy Church campground is situated in Okwe. We swoop into that place and got one vigilante by name Freeman Eze arrested. Eze is not from Delta State.

However during the course of our interrogation and investigation at the scene, we were able to recover six assault rifles because pump-action rifles are now a prohibited firearm” he said

Three new Coronavirus symptoms including diarrhea and runny nose added to official list












The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added a runny nose or congestion, nausea, and diarrhoea to the growing list of Coronavirus symptoms.



The new symptoms are likely to appear between two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.



The CDC reports that anyone with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:


Fever or chills
A cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhoea



"This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19," the website states.



The US federal department also warned: "Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness."



This comes as almost 10million people have been infected by the disease worldwide with nearly 500,000 deaths.

Tinubu finally speaks on APC crisis, responds to insinuations regarding 2023 political ambition












































Former governor and All Progressive Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu has commented on the dissolution of the APC National Working Committee, suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the party's national chairman and contesting in the 2023 Presidential election.










Tinubu who disclosed that he is yet to decide on contesting in the 2023 presidential election, described claims of death of his alleged political ambition as "distasteful".










He also stated that Adams Oshiomhole made mistakes as the national chairman of the party and must own up to them. The former Governor also commended President Buhari for dissolving APC's NWC, a decision he said must be accepted.










The APC national leader went on to describe the NWC as a fight club who didn't exhibit the behavior of a progressive political party.










His statement reads in full;













I wish to begin my remarks by commending members of the National Working Committee. Under their collective stewardship, the party earned great and important victories, not least the vital second mandate handed to President Buhari. President Buhari’s victory, and the overall electoral success of APC speak highly of them. Our task as a party is to build upon the progress thus made so that both nation and party may advance to their better future.




Yet, we must acknowledge that something important has gone off track. For some months we have experienced growing disagreement within the leadership of the party. This unfortunate competition had grown so intense as to impair the performance of the NWC, thus undermining the internal cohesion and discipline vital to success.




Some people have gone so far as to predict the total disintegration of our party. Most such dire predictions were from critics whose forecasts said more about their ill will than they revealed about our party’s objective condition. Predictions of the APC’s imminent demise are premature and mostly mean-spirited. However, an honest person must admit the party had entered a space where it had no good reason to be.




The trouble is not that we would forfeit our collective existence but whether we were in danger of losing our collective purpose. In some ways, this possibility is of greater concern. A political party that has lost sight of the reason for its existence becomes but the vehicle of blind and clashing ambitions. This is not what drove the APC’s creation.




Those who believe Nigeria can be forged into a better nation and deserves good governance must harken back to the establishment of our party. Those who were there and contributed the most to the party’s genesis embraced a common vision. Not only did we believe the venal, purblind PDP was leading the nation into a pit, we sincerely held a common vision of progressive good governance. This was the overriding reason for the APC.




Those most intimately involved in founding the party remain faithful to this benign, timely assignment. Sadly, many members have lost their balance. Their personal ambition apparently came to greatly outweigh the obvious national imperatives.




Even in the best of times, Nigeria is beset by myriad challenges. Poverty and economic inequality, insecurity, lack of infrastructure are longstanding obstacles that have blocked our access to national greatness for too long.




Through no fault of our own, we now live in a moment of heightened difficulty. We did not ask for COVID-19 but it has found us. We must deal with it and navigate its rude economic consequences. At the same time we must grapple with the violent insecurity caused by increasingly desperate terrorists and criminals. People need concrete help from us. We must focus on building roads and creating jobs. For the average man, watching politicians wrestle for position is a poor substitute to seeing politicians working for the benefit of all.




Yet, such intramural fighting has come to occupy the attention of many high ranking party officials and members.




The National Working Committee, itself, became riven by unnecessary conflict. Those who disagreed with one another stopped trying to find common ground. Attempts were made to use the power of executive authority to bury each other. I must be blunt here. This is the behaviour of a fight club not the culture of a progressive political party.




Some members went against their chairman in a bid to forcefully oust him. In hindsight, his fence-mending attempts were perhaps too little too late. I believed and continue to believe that Comrade Oshiomhole tried his best. Mistakes were made and he must own them. Yet, we must remember also that he was an able and enthusiastic campaigner during the 2019 election. He is a man of considerable ability as are the rest of you who constituted the NWC.




It had been my hope that the disagreements could be resolved. After all, a political solution should not be beyond the ken of leaders of a major political party. But such resolution has failed to materialise. It was as if some unseen but strong force continued to stoke the embers. Instead of calling a prudent ceasefire, too many people sought more destructive weapons against one another.




Order, party discipline and mutual respect went out of the window. Members instituted all manner of court cases, most of them destructive, some of them frivolous, none of them necessary. In the process, a dense fog fell upon our party.




When this matter first came to a boil a few months ago, I issued a statement against this litigious tendency. President Buhari and former interim chairman Akande published strong words against this misuse of the courts as being contrary to the spirit of the party and the letter of its constitution. Each of us knew nothing good would come of such conduct. Instead of listening to this counsel, party members increased their trips to the courts. While busy providing ample livelihood for a gaggle of lawyers, these actions cast the good of the party to the wind.




After the fusillade of lawsuits and countersuits, two NWC members laid competing claims to the chairmanship. One legitimately elected at our national convention; the latter whose claim was based on the questionable suspension of the former.




With lawsuits so numerous one needed a spread sheet to keep track, President Buhari has reasonably decided that he has seen enough.




I do not lament his intervention or its outcome. I lament that the situation degenerated to the point where he felt compelled to intervene.




President Buhari is much more than a mere beneficiary of the party. He is one of its founding fathers. The APC does not exist in its current form without his singular contributions. That is not opinion; it is undisputed fact.




Given these antecedents, he cares about the condition of the party as any parent would care for its offspring.President Buhari has done what any parent in his position and with his authority would do. The more troubling consideration is that so many trusted people acted in such a way as to force the president to put aside the issues of statecraft in order to address these problems.




The President has spoken and his decision has been accepted. It is now beholden on all of us, as members of the APC, to recommit ourselves to the ideals and principles on which our party was founded. While we recognize that people have personal ambitions, those ambitions are secondary, not sacrosanct. Members must subordinate their ambitions to health and well-being of the party. Never should our party be defined by one person’s interests or even the amalgam of all members’ individual interests. A successful party must be greater than the sum of its parts.




In this vein, I appeal to all former members of the National Working Committee and all members of our party to sheathe their swords and look to the larger picture.




We have governorship elections around the corner in Edo and a primary and elections in Ondo. On these important events we must concentrate our immediate energies. In the longer run, we must restore the collegial nature to the party so that it should be in the practice of coming to support the President instead of him having to rescue the party from itself.




In Edo, we must rally round our candidate Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu. In this, Comrade Oshiomhole has a crucial role to play. I congratulate him for his equanimity and loyalty to the party and our President in accepting the dissolution of the NWC. I encourage him, now, to return to Edo State to energise the campaign for the election of Pastor Ize-Iyamu.




In Ondo, we must set the procedures for primaries and conduct that exercise in a fair, transparent manner that shows the Nigerian people the party has left turmoil behind.




In addition to the daily operation of the party, the Caretaker Committee has the mandate to prepare for a mini national convention within six months. We must give the committee the support needed to fulfil this assignment in an impartial manner.




As I understand it, no one has been precluded from seeking any party office to which he is otherwise eligible. Former NWC members are free to seek re-election to the NWC. Provided they have the support of party members, they will have an opportunity to return to serve the party in a leadership capacity. This reflects our overriding desire to restore and maintain internal democracy not subvert it.




To those who have been actively bleating how the President’s actions and the NEC meeting have ended my purported 2023 ambitions, I seek your pity. I am but a mere mortal who does not enjoy the length of foresight or political wisdom you profess to have. Already, you have assigned colourful epitaphs to the 2023 death of an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born.




At this extenuating moment with COVID-19 and its economic fallout hounding us, I cannot see as far into the distance as you. I have made no decision regarding 2023 for the concerns of this hour are momentous enough.




During this period, I have not busied myself with politicking regarding 2023. I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face. I have devoted these last few months to thinking of policies that may help the nation in the here and now. What I may or may not do 3 years hence seems too remote given present exigencies.




Those who seek to cast themselves as political Nostradamus’ are free to so engage their energies. I trust the discerning public will give the views of such eager seers the scant weight such divinations warrant.




Personally, I find greater merit trying to help in the present by offering policy ideas, both privately and publicly, where I think they might help. I will continue in this same mode for the immediate future. 2023 will answer its own questions in due time.




I have toiled for this party as much as any other person and perhaps more than most. Despite this investment or perhaps due to it, I have no problem with making personal sacrifices (and none of us should have such a problem) as long as the party remains true to its progressive, democratic creed. Politics is but a vehicle to arrive at governance. Good politics promotes good governance. Yet, politics is also an uncertain venture. No one gets all they want all the time. In even a tightly-woven family, differences and competing interests must be balanced and accommodated.




My fellow party members who now feel aggrieved by the NEC meeting I urge you to accept the sacrifice you have been asked to make so that the air can be cleared, the party can assume its proper role of helping this government lead the nation toward enlightened improvement, and the party itself can grow and firmly establish itself as the best, most democratic party in the land.







Buhari and Tinubu are not at war - Presidency












The Presidency has reacted to speculation of President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), having a strained relationship following the dissolution of the party's national working committee.



Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu in a statement released on Saturday June 27, described report of Buhari and Tinubu having a frosty relationship as "political vulturism". He also accused the opposition party of spearheading the rumour.



The statement read;




”The very essence of the requests put to the Emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, which were unanimously approved aim to pull back the party, faced with an existential crisis from the brink of collapse, follow the constitution and take everyone along,” he said.

”While this action has been widely accepted with great relief by lovers of democracy and the rank and file of the membership, we are concerned that political vulturism masquerading as “smart analysis” is selling the commentary that this is a Buhari-Tinubu “showdown.” Nothing can be farther from the truth.

"To put the records straight: In the formation of this great party and giving it leadership, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who are reckoned as the founding fathers of the APC are both inspired by democratic norms, national interest and not at all by partisan motivations. These are the qualities that have made them move past cynical distractions.

”They are in touch with one another. Their relationship remains as strong as ever and between the two of them, only they know how they manage their enviable relationship. Try as hard as they could, the opposition parties have used all their intellectuals and their supporters in the media to break this relationship and have failed. And they won’t.

”For President Buhari who has received much of the cynical commentary, Nigerians know him as someone who will not do anything with bad intentions. Neither will he do anything out of partisan motivations or for himself.

”This whole exercise, that should lead to massive reform and overhaul of the leadership of the party, as he said in that brilliant speech, was ”to save the APC from the imminent self-destruction. We have to move ahead. We have to take everyone with us and ensure that the party is run in accordance with democratic norms and with consensus. We have to work for the benefit of the country.”

”The leaders of the party, who have received two successive massive mandates to govern the country and a majority of the states should be judged by how this exercise turns out in achieving these objectives, not cursed at the mere commencement of the process.”

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10 PDP governors will soon defect to APC - Governor Yahaya Bello












Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has disclosed that 10 governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) soon.



The Kogi state Governor who appeared as a guest on Channels TV "Sunrise Daily" programme, said this when asked if the APC will disintegrate when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office.



Bello said;




“APC is getting stronger and like I said, it’s going to be proved in the next few days or the next few weeks to come in the election of Edo state, Ondo state, Anambra state, Ekiti state, Osun state.

“It’s unfortunate that our colleague, my brother and my in-law, Obaseki has left us, but as a party and a party-loyal man, we have to reclaim him.

“I can tell you that there are up to 10 PDP governors ready to join APC and that would happen very soon.”



On if Bola Tinubu is being sidelined from APC activities, Bello said;




“Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a leader, a father, a founding member of this great party. He contributed immensely to making sure that the party attains the height it has attained today. He has paid his due and continues to pay his due.

“Nobody, however highly placed or lowly placed you are in the party, will ever undermine that great leader. Nobody is undermining him. He is still a father; he’s one of our national leaders and he continues to contribute.

“In the whole of this misunderstanding so far, nobody has heard him making any comments for or against anybody that has different or opposing opinion. Rather, he continues to maintain and play that fatherly role. Both APC and PDP gravitate towards him.

“So, nobody is going to say that he’s being undermined or he’s going to be removed. No. We need him; he needs us and he will continue to be a leader of our great party.”

"Persons of color should play characters of color" Mike Henry announces he's stepping down from voicing Cleveland Brown in Family Guy









Family Guy voice actor, Mike Henry, has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as Cleveland Brown because a coloured actor ought to play the role since Cleveland is a coloured character.



Mike Henry, 54, who has voiced the character of Cleveland Brown for two decades on "Family Guy," said on Friday that he is stepping down from the role on the FOX animated series.



He wrote on Instagram: "It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role."









Henry, who is a white man, has voiced the character since the series debuted in 1999. He has also been the voice behind a Latin maid named Consuela on the series.

"Nobody in my family should ever ask me for money " Suki Hana goes off on her family members after they refused to babysit her kids so she could work












Suki Hana, a rapper and social media personality who rose to fame for her viral songs, has called out her family after they refused to help her.



The 28-year-old has three kids from previous relationships. She had her first child at 18.



As her career is taking off after the release of her songs "Blame Trina", "5 Foot Freestyle", "All in your Throat" and "Drug Dealer" featuring Cuban Doll, it appears she's having difficulties combining it with her role as a mother and she expected her family to step in and help her.



When they didn't, she took to Twitter to blast them, writing: "Nobody in my family should ever ask me for money if y’all didn’t help me babysit my kids when I had to do a show. If you ain’t help me with my dreams I can’t buy you no house. Y’all ain’t even congratulate me when I made it to tv. Kiss my ass."







Her words, "when I made it to TV" references her new deal with the Love & Hip Hop Franchise. She joins the cast of Love & Hip Hop Miami in season three, which chronicles her struggles to be taken seriously as an artist.



She later found someone to watch her kids and she took to Instagram to write: "I finally got a babysitter now we back in business, lol."



Nigerians condemn FBI for focusing on 6 Nigerians on the wanted list when there are more numbers of suspects from other nationality












Nigerians have taken to Twitter to blast the FBI for a tweet where the bureau focused on the 6 Nigerians wanted for scam on a list where there are more numbers of suspects from other nationalities.



The FBI shared photos of the 6 Nigerian fugitives on their wanted list and tweeted on Friday: "Help the #FBI find ?six Nigerian nationals wanted for their involvement in ?business? email ?compromise (BEC) schemes resulting in over $6 ?million in losses. Read more about each defendant and submit tips at http://tips.fbi.gov. #FugitiveFriday."







However, on the full wanted list, there are 20 Asians, 39 Arabs, 16 Russians and more. The FBI did not mention the other scammers and their nationality, even though they have a larger number, instead they focused on the 6 Nigerian scammers and this angered people.





Nigerians took to Twitter to blast the FBI for continuing to further the stereotype that only Nigerians are fraudsters, whereas people from other nationalities do worse.







Some pointed out that people wouldn't even know that there are fraudsters from other nationalities involved if they do not click the link to read further.



Meanwhile, people who didn't click the link to see the full list are already calling out Nigerians for fraud. As a result, 6 Nigerians is currently trending on Twitter.







Below are tweets from Nigerians blasting the FBI.













 

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