Fayose’s candidates win PDP primaries in Ekiti


Aspirants believed to have been anointed by Governor Ayo Fayose have won the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) House of Representatives and senatorial primaries in Ekiti State.

At the Ekiti North Senatorial primary election in Ido-Ekiti, former House of Representatives member Mr. Duro Faseyi defeated Senator Otunba Ayo Arise to win the ticket.

Faseyi, who represented Ekiti North 2 Federal Constituency in the Green Chamber between 2003 and 2011, is an ally of Fayose.

Former Deputy Governor Mrs. Abiodun Olujimi won the Ekiti South  Senatorial ticket conducted in Ikere-Ekiti, beating the former senator who represented the zone between 2007 and 2011, Chief Sola Akinyede, to the ticket.

Olujimi,  a board member of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), was deputy governor to Fayose between October 2005 and October 2006.

Another former House of Representatives member Mrs. Fatimat Raji-Rasaki beat former Senator Bode Ola and former General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Obafemi Adewale, to win the PDP senatorial ticket for Ekiti Central Senatorial District at the election in Ado-Ekiti.

The result did not go down well with delegates from Ijero axis of the senatorial district, who were pushing for Adewale’s candidacy since the area has not produced a senator since 1999, unlike Efon, Ado-Ekiti/Irepodun/Ifelodun and Ekiti West, that had done that in the past.

All the three senatorial candidates of the PDP are allies of Fayose

This is the first time in the history of the state that a party would produce two female senatorial candidates.

In the House of Representatives primaries, aspirants enjoying the backing of Fayose swept to victory.

Those who won include three former council chairmen who served during Fayose’s first tenure in office.

They are former Chairman of Ido/Osi Local Government, Chief Thaddeus Aina; who clinched the PDP ticket for Ekiti North 2 Federal Constituency; and former Chairman of Ikole Local Government, Mr. Kehinde Agboola; who was declared winner of the ticket for Ekiti North 1 Federal Constituency.

Former Chairman of Gbonyin Local Government, Mr. Akin Awodumila, was returned winner of Ekiti South 2 Federal Constituency while Mr. Segun Adekola won in Ekiti South 1.

The result from Ekiti Central 1 returned Mr. Ayodeji Oladimeji as winner while to the PDP ticket for Ekiti Central 2 was won by Mr. Olamide Oni.


Shearer blames Mikel for Chelsea’s loss

John Obi Mikel

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has blamed Nigeria international, Mikel Obi for Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Newcastle on Saturday which ended their unbeaten run. Shearer said Mikel did not do well enough in the midfield emphasising that Jose Mourinho side missed suspended Nemanja Matic.

“Chelsea didn’t play that well,” Shearer told BBC Sport.  “There is no doubt they missed Nemanja Matic. He has started every game for them this season but John Mikel Obi was in there against Newcastle and didn’t do as well. In the build-up to Newcastle’s second goal, Mikel dives in, Eden Hazard dives in. There is no one sitting in front of the back four.

“That said it was a really committed Newcastle performance. They were really well organised and every player knew what job they had to do. It was a thoroughly deserved win.”

The Serbia international who has scored a goal and two assists in 14 EPL games was suspended for the trip to ‘The Magpies’ after he picked up his fifth booking of the season in a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Ben-Bruce, Paulker emerge winners


The Chairman, Senate Committee on Oil and Gas, Downstream Sector, Senator Emmanuel Paulker and former Director General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Mr. Ben Murray Bruce have won senatorial tickets of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State.

While Bruce was elected yesterday the candidate of the party for the Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Paulker was re-elected to represent the Central Senatorial District.

Paulker polled 174 to defeat Mr. Austin Ogionwon Febo, who had 17 votes; Ebiundu Komonibo (one vote) and Torunana (one vote).

But Bruce scored 138 votes to win the ticket while Mr. Anthony Ikoli (SAN) had 11 votes; Mr. Nelson Belief, two votes and Mrs. Irene Digitemie Opuene (four votes).

Two of the aspirants  – Austin Dressman and Prof. Ayebaemi Spiff  – withdrew from the race.

Father on the run after RAPING 14yrs old daughter


The police are on the trail of a 50-year-old man, Vincent Uzor, who is on the run after allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim was raped last week Tuesday in the Ebute Meta area of Lagos State where Uzor lived with his second wife.

It was gathered that the victim’s mother died about seven years ago after which she started living with her grandmother.

However, when the old woman became plagued with ill health, she was said to have been taken to the Ogijo area of Ogun State, where she stayed with an aunt.

But the aunt, three weeks ago, reportedly sent her to her father in Ebute Meta, saying she wanted to travel.

The Primary four pupil in an interview with our correspondent said her father defiled her while she was in the kitchen.

She said, “My mother died seven years ago. I did not know my father because I grew up with my grandmother. It was when I was 12 years old that I was told I had a father.

“Three weeks ago, my aunty told me I would stay with my father for a few days because she was travelling and did not want to leave me alone at home. That was how I went to stay with my father.

“On Tuesday, around 6.30pm, my father asked me to warm the soup on the stove. He suddenly followed me inside the kitchen and shut the door. I thought he wanted to cane me, and I started begging him.

“Instead, he removed his clothes and pulled my skirt and paints. Then he had sex with me. It was painful and blood gushed out from my private parts. He then said he was sorry.”

The victim said her father gave her N500 for treatment after she complained of pains in her legs.

She added that he took her to a traditional doctor who prescribed some concoction for her.

“My father told me he wanted to travel. I used the money he gave me to buy recharge cards and I called my elder brother and some other people to tell them what happened to me,” she said.

However, before the police could arrive at the scene, Uzor was said to have fled the house.

The victim was reportedly taken to Ogijo, where the matter got to the attention of the Ogun State Coordinator of the Centre for Defence of Human Rights, Mrs. Toyosi Bello.

Bello accused the police of trying to cover up the incident.

She said, “The Denton Police Division wanted to muddle up the matter and I decided to take the case to Nigerians. This girl is almost an orphan and needs help, but the police are trying to compound her problems.”

Our correspondent learnt that the victim and Bello were later connected with a human rights organisation, Project Alert on Violence against Women.

The Coordinator of the group, Mrs. Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, said the 14-year-old had been taken to the hospital for treatment.

She said, “When she got here, we did a referral letter to Mirabel Centre, which is a subsidiary of the Lagos StateUniversity Teaching Hospital. Some medical tests were carried out on her and drugs were given to her.

“She is in our custody in the interim because she cannot go back to either her aunt or father. We discovered her aunt had been physically abusing her. We saw scars all over her body. The aunt then sent her to her father who further sexually abused her.”

Effah-Chukwuma said the group had petitioned the police authorities because the case was not given the attention it deserved, adding that the Denton Police Division had been “notorious in terms of how they respond to sexual abuse cases.”

A letter, dated December 4 and addressed to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, claimed that the policemen handling the case connived with Uzor’s second wife to rubbish it.

It added that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Women Affairs (Child Department) had been notified.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, told our correspondent that the police had commenced investigations, adding that justice would be served.

He said, “The case was reported at the station. The division has not closed the matter.

“It is presently under investigation and I am aware the father of the girl is not around.

“The matter is now at the SCID.


Fashola embraces AMBODE, kick-start campaign

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has urged Lagosians to vote for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Party, Mr. Akin Ambode, to sustain the programmes of his administration.

Fashola, who spoke at the Lagos Sea Food Festival 2014 on Saturday, said supporting the candidate of the APC would also ensure that the state continued to enjoy good governance and high performance.

The governor stated that the 2014 edition of the festival would be his last as governor of the state.

He said, “I urge you all to support the new APC governorship candidate and make sure that the festival continues.

“You have a role to play; you have to register and you have to collect your Permanent Voter Cards and then you can use your vote to choose who you want.

“So, if you want this Sea Food Festival to be here next year; if you want Count Down to be here next year; if you want Beach Soccer to be here next year, the only way you can get them is to vote the government which is providing these activities in Lagos, the All Progressives Congress.”

Fashola said what his administration tried to do by instituting the festival was to bring the rural fishermen and women into the city once every year as the build-up to the end of year activities.


Other activities that would mark the end of the year, the governor said, included the Beach Soccer event, the Count Down and other Christmas festivities which would lead to the New Year.

He said, “This has not been without the support of the people of Lagos. This is what we do with your taxes, empowering people; ordinary working people ─ farmers ─ giving them a chance to earn a living so that we can equalise the distribution of wealth so that everybody can have an opportunity and be a part of this democracy.”

Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Cardinal Odunmbaku, has congratulated Ambode over his victory at the gubernatorial primaries of the party.

Odunmbaku said in a statement on Sunday that Ambode worked hard for his victory, urging APC members and all Lagosians to give him overwhelming support by voting him into power.

The statement read, “I congratulate Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his victory at the primaries. It is important for other aspirants who contested against him to accept that in every contest, there will always be a winner.

“Our focus now should be how the party will become successful at the polls.”


Kate Henshaw, Nollywood actress loses out at PDP primaries


Kate Hanshaw, Nollywood actress has lost the ticket to represent the Calabar South at the Federal House of Representatives on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The thespian, who was trashed at the primaries which held on Saturday took to her twitter handle to announce the sad news to her cheering fans few hours ago.

She tweeted thus:

Meanwhile, fans and admirers of the actress have hailed the sportsmanship and the boldness of the mother of one


I didn’t ask Amaechi for Rivers’ money –Patience Jonathan

Mrs. Patience Jonathan

Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Sunday denied a statement credited to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State that she asked him to share the state’s funds with her.

Amaechi had while speaking in Port Harcourt at the joint graduation of the students of the University of Ibadan and pioneer graduates of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, on Saturday was quoted as saying that his problem with Mrs. Jonathan started after he rejected her demand.

“I refused to give them money in Abuja because if I do that, I won’t be able to carry out any development project or finish the road from Rumuolumeni to Rumuepirikom.

“The quarrel between me and the wife of the President is because she said I should bring your money, Rivers people, money and share with her,” the governor reportedly said.

But Mrs. Jonathan, in a statement by her media assistant, Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, said Amaechi’s statement was a deliberate attempt to malign her and score cheap political point.

She further described the governor’s statement as a lie designed to denigrate her person and rubbish the Presidency.

She said she could not have made such a request from the governor either directly or indirectly.

The statement read, “Having waited patiently for Governor Amaechi to refute the statement credited to him about the First Lady, (with the assumption that he was misquoted), it has become clear that it was a deliberate attempt to malign Dame Patience Jonathan and score cheap political point.

“The governor may have been beclouded by the political uncertainty surrounding him to make such a jaundiced and unsubstantiated allegation that the First Lady asked him to bring Rivers State’s money to share.

“This is a blatant lie designed to denigrate the person of Dame Patience Jonathan and rubbish the Presidency. This is to say the least, most unfortunate.

“It is crystal clear that Governor Amaechi is looking for a cheap excuse for his failure in the governance of the state. We say without any iota of equivocation that the First Lady never made such a request and could not have done so in any way either directly and indirectly.

“The First Lady as an indigene of Rivers State is more concerned with the socio-economic development of the state and in a peaceful atmosphere. This guerrilla political warfare must stop.”

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No to same-sex marriage, Catholic Church insists

President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama.

The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has said that the stand of the church against same sex marriage is unwavering.

He, however, said that what the church had said was that while it would not excommunicate the gay community, the church would assist them with prayers and counselling to overcome their abnormal behaviour.

Kaigama, who spoke in Jos while briefing newsmen on Sunday on the outcome of the 3rd Extra Ordinary Synod of the Family of the Catholic Church held in Rome recently, said that the outcome of the synod had been given varied interpretation, especially its position on same-sex marriage.

According to him, the Church does not condone and has not endorsed same-sex marriage, but considered marriage as a union between a man and a woman for the purpose of raising a family to reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ on the importance of the family as a domestic church.

He said, “The concern of the Synod is the biblical teaching on marriage and family and this is theme of the Synod. The BOOK of Genesis shows that the man and the woman are created in the image and likeness of God. In receiving and accepting each other, the man and the woman recognise that they are made for each other. Through procreation, they collaborated with God in accepting and transmitting life. By the grace of God, a man and a woman are united in marriage and are to be faithful to, and love each other forever.”

Kaigama, who is also the archbishop of Jos, said the Synod emphasised marriage as sacred and indissoluble and as such could not condone anything outside this divine order of God.

He, however, added that what had been misconstrued as the church’s endorsement of homosexuality was the emphasis on the fact that those with such tendencies were human beings created by the same God and instead of treating them as second hand citizens, they needed to be helped spiritually to overcome such tendencies.

He said that the synod, which was attended by more than 250 participants comprising of cardinals and bishops (Synod Fathers) from five continents with the presence of Pope Francis, was a period of prayerful reflection and dialogue that considered many positive aspects of marriage and the desire to foster family values, preparation for marriage, openness to life in marriage, enduring the challenges of marriage with strong faith, love and determination.

Kaigama said, “The Synod did not endorse gay marriage, but emphasised the indissolubility of marriage as a union between a man and a woman according to the scripture and the church teachings, using the Holy Family of Nazareth as a model for all families.”

He added that many families gave wonderful testimonies during the Synod of how their unions had endured the test of time.

He advised the people not to misconstrue the intentions and positions of the Catholic Church on such sensitive issue as it would not condone anything outside the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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My govt not free from mistakes, says Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said he could not rule out the possibility of committing errors while administering the affairs of the country.

He admitted that while leading the country, there are possibilities of “faults and failures.”

Jonathan spoke at the second edition of an interdenominational church servicewith the theme “A day with Jesus for Nigeria in Israel” held in Israel as part of his two-day pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The event which was aired live was monitored on the Nigeria Television Authority.

The errors notwithstanding, Jonathan said he was sure that God would not allow him to take a decision or steps that would be against the interest of the country.

“For me, and I believe for the governorsthat are here with me, we are mere mortals. As mere mortals, we are not insulated from errors. There may be faults or failures. But one thing I know is that God will not allow me to do anything that will not be in the best interest of our country,” he told the congregation that included state governors, ministers, clerics and Nigerian pilgrims.

The President said despite the many challenges facing the country under his watch, he saw a new Nigeria emerging.

He said he saw a new Nigeria that all its citizens would be living in peace and unity and children yet unborn would be proud of.

Jonathan said, “I see a new Nigeria emerging; a Nigeria that our children will be proud of; a Nigeria that things will work; a Nigeria that we will have good education system; a Nigeria that we will have a good health system.

“I see a new Nigeria that we will have food security; a Nigeria that we will have houses for our people; a Nigeria that we will have good infrastructure for our movement. Above all, a Nigeria that we will live in peace and unity.

“Of course, we know that this is a period of challenges. Even as if we are saying this, it looks like a mirage to people because we know the challenges we have.

“But it does not take a lifetime to solve a problem. With prayers and unity, we shall overcome all our challenges.”

While identifying the Boko Haram as one of the greatest problems of his administration, he made a case for collective efforts to tackle the nation’s unique challenges.

He also listed kidnappings in the South, poor governance and corruption as some of the nation’s vices.

The President however said that with citizens’ commitment and prayers, the nation would overcome.

Quoting from Lamentation 3:37, Jonathan declared, “Who is he that speaks against Nigeria and comes to pass when the Lord has not commanded it?” amidst a loud ovation from the congregation.

He asked the pilgrims to pray for unity, peace and security as well as against what he called counter forces that could hinder his administration’s transformation agenda.

Jonathan said, “With unity, we can do anything. The country was so united when we encountered Ebola. With God on our side, we were able to conquer Ebola Virus.

“That singular act had brought Nigeria to the limelight, even when CNN(Cable News Network) talks about Ebola, it make reference to Nigeria. That is what unity can do. With unity and prayer, we will get to where we want our country to go.

“My request is that you should stand by the government. When you stand by the government just like you stood by us during the Ebola era, we will surely overcome our challenges,” he said.

The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, preached the sermon at the service that featured special prayers for the President, his family, other leaders and the country.

Other Nigerian pilgrims joined the President and its entourage for the service.

The President had earlier in the day had a bilateral talk with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,   in Jerusalem.

Jonathan is expected back in the country on Monday (today).

The other clergymen present at the service were the Primate Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh; and President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Governors Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Willie Obiano (Anambra); Jonah Jang (Plateau) and their wives joined members of the Federal Executive Council like the Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide; Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo; and Minister of Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe at the service.