The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the by-election held in Katsina North Senatorial District of Katsina State, Alhaji Ahmed Babba Kaita has won the election by a landslide.
In the results announced by the Returning Officer for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Hudu Ayuba Abdullahi, the APC candidate scored 224,607 out of the total 294,050 votes recorded. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Kabir Babba Kaita, who is the elder brother of the APC candidate, came a distant second with 59,724.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), six political parties contested for the seat, which became vacant after the death of Senator Bukar Mustapha. The other parties were Democratic Alliance (DA), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Masses Movement of Nigerian (MMN) and Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN).
Katsina North Senatorial District is the home district of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently vacationing in London. The APC defeated the PDP in all the 12 Local Government Areas that make up the district.
In a related development, the APC has won the controversial by-elections in the Koto-Karfe Federal Constituency of Kogi State. The elections were marred by low voter tunr-out, vote buying, thuggery, killings and ballot-box snatching. The APC candidate scored 11,078 to the PDP’s 7,094.
Also the by-election for Bauchi South Senatorial District was held yesterday. The results so far released by INEC in 4 of the LGAs making up the district show the APC candidate winning 3 while the PDP won in ne. The results of the remaining 3 LGAs are still being awaited having been delayed by the heavy rains in the area.

The results of the by-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday 11th August, 2018 the fill the vacant position in the Cross River State House of Assembly for the Obudu constituency have been announced.
In the results announced, the INEC Returning Officer, Dr. Tony Eyang declared Mrs. Abbey Ukpukpen, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner having polled a total of 12,530 votes to defeat her closest challenger, Mr. Adah Ishamali of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 4349 votes.
The elections were relatively peaceful, but there were isolated cases of violence reported in some of the polling units. Besides the PDP and APC, the other two parties that fielded candidates for the election were the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN).
Mrs. Ukpukpen is the widow of late Stephen Ukpukpen who was the member representing the Obudu constituency in the House of Assembly until his death this June which led to the seat being declared vacant to be filled via this by-election.

The Children Soccer Clinic which kicked off on Saturday 4th August, 2018 in Calabar amidst a lot of fun and excitement continues into its second day today.

Under wet, but favourable conditions, many more parents brought out their children who could not attend the opening events. The organizers have, however, announced that the programme is over-subscribed and can no longer take more participants.

Today’s activities, according to Mr. Ekanem Ekpenyong, the programme coordinator involved warm-up exercises that included some stretching and loosening of the body as well as stationary movements. There was also a YOGA session led by Mabel Charles of FEET-WIT GYM and SPA.

The younger age-brackets (6-9) were given a ball each and taught how to be familiar and comfortable with the ball at their feet, while the older ones (10-12) were taken through ball control and passing using the side of their feet. There was even a segment for young goalkeepers who were also taken through the basics of that aspect of football.

Over twenty qualified coaches drawn from the Cross River State Sports Commission led the children through the various activities. The soccer clinic is for both male and female children aged between 6-12 years.

One of highlights today was the donation of 360 pieces of MARVEL brand jumbo-sized tissue rolls to the children by Peniola Ventures, the producers. Also, 100 cartons of premium FIRST ROYAL brand mineral water for refreshment was presented by Royal Farms International and Estates Limited. Both are partners of the soccer clinic programme.

By THEWILL – August 2, 2018

As politicians realign ahead of the 2019 general elections, feelers reaching THEWILL barring any last minute changes, indicate that Senator Godswill Akpabio, a stalwart of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Senate Minority Leader will defect from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Also on the list of likely defectors from the PDP to the APC are Governors –Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi).
Two senior members of the government with knowledge of the development, who asked to remain anonymous, told THEWILL that talks have been ongoing to receive the defectors into the APC, which recently lost three governors – Sokoto, Kwara and Benue – as well as at least 36 members of the House of Representatives and 14 senators, including Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
THEWILL gathered that Akpabio has had talks with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the APC national chairman and Thursday had a long meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa over his planned defection.
THEWILL can also report that relations between Akpabio, a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and his successor, who he singled-handedly installed in 2015, Emmanuel Udom, have been sour for over 2 years even though both men have pretended to be cool with each other in public.
Akpabio boycotted Thursday’s NEC meeting of the PDP in Abuja.
THEWILL further gathered that Governors Ugwuanyi and Ayade are no longer comfortable with the PDP following disagreements between them and the leadership of the party under Uche Secondus coupled with the overbearing influences of Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu, who is from Enugu and Senator Liyel Imoke, the former Cross River Governor over the party’s affairs in their states.
THEWILL gathered that Ayade, who has been struggling to perform like his predecessor, Imoke, had reached out to President Muhammadu Buhari’s top aides and indicated his interest to defect. He is the only opposition governor in the South-South that has hosted Buhari twice on a state visit and was recently on the president’s entourage to the ECOWAS summit in Togo.
THEWILL also gathered that Governor Ugwuanyi has been tactically shying away from PDP affairs as he perfects his exit.
As for Umahi, our sources said the governor has never hidden his affection for President Buhari. “His defection is also a matter of time,” the source added.

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The inaugural edition of the Children Summer Soccer Clinic is billed to start on Saturday 4th August and run through 18th of August, 2018 at the UJ Esuene Sports Stadium in Calabar.
The Soccer Clinic, which is organized by the Cross River State Sports Commission under the sponsorship of some individuals and corporate organizations in the State is for children aged 6-12 years and draws its participants from different schools in Calabar.
According to the coordinator of programme, Ekanem Ekpenyong who is licensed by the Scottish FA as a children coach as well as a UEFA youth coach, the organizers have perfected plans to ensure a hitch free 2-week programme. All the children participating in the event will be given free jerseys and balls. They, however, will be expected to come with their socks and playing boots. So far, 250 children have been registered for the programme and registration was closed a week ago. Daily sessions will last from 9am to 12noon.
The bigger picture is to begin early to inculcate basic footballing skills in our young children, thereby creating early awareness amongst them, and possibly encourage some to take the game seriously in their teenage and adult life.
There is palpable excitement amongst some of the children spoken to about the programme.

On Wednesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.
The order, issued by Justice Stephen Pam, was due to the alleged disobedience of the INEC Chairman in not honouring the earlier order to appear in court on three consecutive occasions. This was in connection with the contempt charge brought against him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State.
Today, barely 24 hours after, Yakubu has asked the Appeal Court to quash the order.In a notice of appeal filed by his lead counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo SAN, Yakubu is claiming that Justice Pam acted in bad faith by issuing the order given that he had already filed a pending appeal against the order with the Judge duly notified. He insists that to date, no order has been served on him for his personal appearance in court as required by law.
No date has been fixed for hearing the appeal

Senator Aliyu Wamakko, representing Sokoto North in the Upper Chambers of the National Assembly has boasted that in a few days the people will know which party is in control of Sokoto State.
The Senator said this in reaction to the recent defection of Governor ALiyu Tambuwal of Sokoto State from the APC to the PDP. Wamakko was speaking during an interview with NTA News.
Before becoming a senator in 2015, Wamakko was governor of Sokoto State from 2007-2015 and was succeeded by Tambuwal. In the said interview, Wamakko insisted that Sokoto is “solidly APC”.
He said “Let me assure you that the Sokoto state where I come from is an APC state. The entire state is solidly APC. Insha Allah by Saturday or Sunday when I get back to Sokoto, you will see who is really in charge of Sokoto. I am assuring you that there is no cause for alarm.
“Whatever you might have seen or might have been told, just take it as a mere story. What I am sure is that Sokoto state is solidly an APC state. The people of Sokoto are solidly behind Mr President, General Muhammadu Buhari, they are certainly behind Wamakko, their senator and their former governor, they are solidly behind all the other senators and house of assembly members who remain to stay with APC.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that he will be proceeding on a 10-day working vacation to London beginning from Friday, August 3, 2018. Revealing this in a statement released by the presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, the President, in compliance with Section 145(1) of the 199 Constitution has despatched the relevant correspondence to the National Assembly.
The statement added that “while the President is on vacation, the Vice President will be in acting capacity as President.”
President Buhari had earlier on Wednesday met with All Progressive Congress (APC) Governors as well as senators elected on the platform of the party ostensibly to discuss the recent wave of defection of high profile members of the party to opposition parties.

The President also inspected his Presidential Campaign Headquarters located on Herbert Macauley Way in the Central Business District of Abuja, marking the commencement of campaign activities in the complex. He was received and shown round the facility by the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi who is the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organization.

The crisis plaguing the All Progressives Congress (APC) continued on Wednesday with the resignation of Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Publicity Secretary of the party. In a statement on his Twitter handle, Abdullahi cited the fact that “his loyalty is always brought to question” as the reason for his resignation.
Read the full statement below:

Barely 24 hours after the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sokoto State Governor and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal has also dumped the APC and rejoin the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In an address to his supporters in Sokoto, Governor Tambuwal said that the APC has failed to meet the huge expectations of millions of Nigerians who yearned for genuine change. He concluded that “…almost four years into what ought to be a new order as desired and elected by Nigerians, the nation is unfortunately going through the most difficult and precarious times, since the civil war; with ethno, religious and regional distrust at its highest ebb.”
Tambuwal is the third APC Governor after Samuel Ortom of Benue and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara to decamp from the APC to the PDP.