Lightning Strike Kills 3 in Ogun

Thunder kills three teenagers in Ogun

By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Tragedy   struck yesterday, at Ijale Ijaka Street in Ijoun, Ayetoro area in Yewa South local government area of Ogun state when  thunder struck and killed three teenagers.
The tragic incident, which   occurred during a heavy  rainfall   reportedly killed Sunday Mulero,13, Dare Olaifa,15 and Sodiq Segun, 15.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed the incident.
Adejobi in a statement said , the information made available to the Police Public Relations Officer of the command by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ayetoro Division revealed that the young boys were “playing “outside their house when the thunder struck and killed them instantly.
“The Divisional Police Officer with his police operatives,who responded to distress calls put to them,rushed down to the scene to possibly rescue the teenagers but were confirmed dead immediately on arrival at the hospital.
The corpses were kept in the mortuary for necessary actions.
“The Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye has described the incident as unfortunate. He then sympathised with the families of the deceased and prayed for God’s mercies and protection over other members of the affected families.
“The Police boss therefore seizes this opportunity to advise the general public to learn from the past so as to adjust our futures,and warn our children to desist from playing under heavy rainfall or engage themselves in any “dangerous” activities that could make their lives precarious to them,for this particular incident had occurred on many occasions in Ogun State and in many other states.
“CP Ikemefuna Okoye reassures the good people of Ogun State the command’s readiness to harness all available resources to achieve effective policing of the state”, he said .
 
Source: The Vanguard

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NEWS HEADLINES Oct 13. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

NEWS HEADLINES Oct 13. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers. Compiled by Demola Adefajo for demoadefa.wordpress.com

Punch
11 killed, others injured in Ibadan market fire
Ex-NBA President, Wali, kidnapped in Port Harcourt
I have no grudge against anyone in PDP –Obasanjo
850 soldiers returning from Liberia to be quarantined
Fayemi’s loss a mystery, says Soyinka
Amosun’s convoy involved in crash, aides injured
Hearing begins on ex-MINT boss extradition case today
Edo crisis: Police to arraign 12 suspects next week
Ekiti CJ to brief NJC on crisis today
Ogun tackles ex-appointees over severance allowance
Maku quits Jonathan’s cabinet October 20
Three injured in UNILAG fire
Amaechi, Wike clash over monorail project
Report reckless drivers to us, LAGBUS tells Lagosians
Brazil election: Silva backs rival for presidency
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Keshi’s performance unacceptable —Owolabi, Lawal
Rooney targeting two England records
Ideye, Anichebe in fitness race
Journalists, fans demand Keshi’s sacking
Engineer highlights importance of building insurance
NIQS, NERC urges investment in alternative energy
Mortgage banks, developers collaborate on affordable housing
Oando, others invest in N29.5bn office space
Schizophrenia: Common but manageable
Is there stroke in your family?
Nigerian tourism still at infant stage – Alabi
Importance of yield
Osun: APC, PDP disagree over Appeal Court ruling
Cross River: Battle for senatorial tickets intensifies
Mimiko intimidating lawmakers seeking to join us –APC
APC won’t impose presidential candidate –Odigie-Oyegun
We must stop this insanity
Lessons from Us presidential term limits
The engineering of change
We now pay App developers online — Google manager
Nigerian football is long dead, gone —Okocha
Don’t ignore this revolution!
Lagos ‘bird woman’ dies in hospital
Why we protested at Kirikiri – Inmate
Man whose dogs attacked boy gets bail
External reserves may drop by $4.44 bn
Unending questions on the control of Adamawa Government House

Vanguard
Thunder kills three teenagers in Ogun
Group mobilizes Nigerians nationwide to endorse Jonathan
PDP govs meet to take stand on endorsement
Obasanjo’s claim is a cocktail of lies – Kashamu
Mobilize Nigerians against Boko Haram, Ezekwesili tasks Jonathan
Buhari, Kwankwaso go separate ways as consensus plan flops
Synagogue: Obasanjo, Mbeki worry over Nigeria/S’Africa’s strained relationship
Wanted car-snatching kingpin arrested in Enugu
Lagos prison riot caused by congestion, unlimited freedom — Moro
Former NBA president, Okey Wali, kidnapped in Rivers
Performance: Jonathan should ‘ve been impeached by now if… – Tsav
2015: Saraki drops presidential ambition
I will soon resign my appointment as minister, says Maku
Eagles booed in Abuja
AWC: Falcons’ best yet to come – Okobi
Why Keshi must go – Sports Editors
Chukwu, Lawal want Keshi out
Mikel, Ejide preach concentration
Keshi, Enyeama beg Nigerians
Judicial workers accuse AGF of selective justice
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‘97% of Nigeria’s land undocumented’
Mobilize Nigerians against Boko Haram, Ezekwezili tasks Jonathan
SON directs local manufacturers to comply with products certification
Edo Assembly crisis: Police arrest 12 suspects
Military arrests soldiers for being ‘moles’ for Boko Haram
Uyo Stadium won’t be under utilized, Amaju assures Bassey
Dangote seeks decisive action on buildings collapse

The Nation
UNILORIN produces 48 First Class graduates
Flood sacks Warri residents
How robbers killed Oneya’s daughter
Police warn Edo politicians against thuggery
– •Recover arms used for attacks   •PDP lawmakers, leaders flee  Pirates attack passengers
Security guard killed in Edo
Akpabio advises PDP chairmen
JUSUN slams AGF’s selective obedience•Seeks implementation of  ruling on judicial autonomy
Nigeria is a failed state, says Nda-Isaiah
Group for Buhari’s victory

The Tribune
Imoke not opposed to my fourth term bid —Senate Leader
The Minorities Report and Northern Nigeria
I almost lost my re-election because I was not sharing money —Suswam
Teaching today
2015: I want to rescue Nigeria —Buhari
2015: Saraki opts out of presidential race •Kwankwaso declares Oct 23
Wali, former NBA president, kidnapped
I’ll never leave PDP —OBJ
Ibadan tanker explosion: God, I’m in pains —victim •Man loses wife, 3 children •11 die, 16 sustain severe burns •45 shops, 15 cars, 12 motorcycles, 6 tricycles destroyed
Synagogue: Coroner’s probe begins today

Fear of Ebola Spread in US as Health Worker Who Treated Duncan Tests Positive

Ebola spreads in US: Second American case of deadly virus confirmed in tests on health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan

Officials are now seeking to track the new patients contacts

The new Ebola patient is a health worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan (pictured), the first person to be diagnosed with the disease within the US
By ADAM WITHNALL

A second case of the Ebola virus has been diagnosed in the US, officials said, involving a health worker who provided care for disease victim Thomas Eric Duncan.
The unidentified health care worker had been treating Mr Duncan until his death at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday, and reported a fever on Friday night.
In a statement, the Texas Department of State Health Services said the worker was referred for testing at a laboratory in Austin, where preliminary tests came back positive late on Saturday night.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta will perform further tests to confirm the diagnosis, NPR reported.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” said Dr David Lakey, the Texas health service commissioner.
In pictures: Ebola virus
“We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread,” he added.

Source: Independent

US Offers $1 m For Best Ebola Medical Suit Design as Demand Soars

Current Hazmat suit being used in Liberia

Current Hazmat suit being used in Liberia

Ebola outbreak: US government offers $1m for best hazmat suit design as demand surges

Since the first US case of Ebola, shares in hazmat suit manufacturers have soared by 155% but email scams have also surfaced

By ZACHARY DAVIES BOREN

The US will award $1 million in funding to whoever can design the best hazmat suit, as the Ebola crisis has driven demand for the protective gear to record highs.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is calling on the internet to design an anti-contamination suit that will better protect aid workers from catching Ebola.
Part of the initiative “Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development,” USAID is hoping to solve hazmat suit hazards such as tropical heat stress from the African climate and the risk disease exposure as the suit is being removed.
USAID has given no indication of existing hazmat suit standards, seemingly hoping to benefit from some outside-the-box thinking.

The eventual design, which is due in two months, should incorporate face cooling shields and enable the suit to be reused. It is likely to be used in the Western African countries where the disease is already widespread.

The government agency also said it was vital that these suits be used by airport staff, TSA staff and for those involved in burials.

Starting today, five US airports will begin screening travellers from West African countries for Ebola using non-contact thermal guns, as well as questioning over health and exposure to infected patients.

The US is asking for hazmat suits designed to withstand Africa’s tropical climate

This hazmat suit initiative comes as demand in the US for the anti-contamination gear saw record-breaking growth following the country’s first reported Ebola case and death.

On Thursday, a day in which the stock market largely fell, shares in Lakeland Industries, a hazmat suit manufacturer, grew by 50 per cent.

Lakeland has seen its value increase by 160 per cent just this month.

Britain stages Ebola emergency drills
Such is the demand for anti-Ebola equipment, phoney emails are being distributed across the US, according to the Illinois Attorney General.

These emails offer $29 Ebola “surplus personal protection kit” that provide “infection defence for emergency response teams”.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement: “We suspect these emails are the handiwork of scammers seeking to take advantage of people’s understandable fear and anxiety surrounding this international public health risk.”

Source: The Independent

I never knew my father was so famous until I saw the crowd at his burial- Gbega Adeboye’s Daughter

Dad was a car freak — Gbenga Adeboye’s daughter

BY GBENGA ADENIJI

Damilola is a daughter of the late radio presenter and comedian, Gbenga Adeboye. In this interview with GBENGA ADENIJI, she talks about her cherished moments with her father

Please introduce yourself.

I am Damilola Gbenga-Adeboye. I am a 300-level economics student of Houdegbe North American University, Cotonou, Republique De Benin. I also act part-time. I have two younger brothers.

What memories of your late dad can you recall?

I was young when he died but we were close enough for me to appreciate the kind of father he was. My father was a wonderful man. I was very close to him and he used to take me out to places he went to. One day when he was drinking alcohol, I was curious to know what it was. He gave me a sip at least to satisfy my curiosity. My father was a man who liked to make his children happy. He ensured he gave us what we needed and not necessarily what we wanted. It was after his death that I became close to my mother.

Did he take his family out?

Yes, he took us out a lot. He never compromised our enjoyment. We were always at LTV 8 and some other fun spots to have fun.

How did he discipline you when you or your siblings misbehaved?

My father was very caring and free with his children. Notwithstanding, he was not one who over-pampered his children. He corrected us whenever we did something wrong. He used to beat me with a wire or a hose whenever I did anything wrong. My father never condoned indiscipline of any sort. He never allowed me to go out and play when I should be in my room studying. He was very particular about education.

Was there any time you watched him in the studio anchoring any of his radio programmes?

No, there was no time I witnessed him presenting any of his radio programmes. In fact, to be sincere, I did not know what his job was all about until his death. Anytime, he was at home, I noticed that he cracked jokes and people laughed but since I couldn’t speak Yoruba fluently then, it was difficult for me to understand what he was saying. He was generous, humorous and lively. There were no boring moments whenever he was around.

Are you saying you didn’t know your father was a famous radio presenter until his death?

I did not mean it that way. I knew he used to talk on radio and that many people listened to him. I didn’t know it was something that big and serious until I saw the crowd that came during his burial. I was surprised and had to ask if it was the way people attend burials. I was told that he was a celebrated radio presenter. I heard my father was a legend in his own way.

Did you enjoy any special attention in school because of your father?

My father died when I was in primary school. The only thing I often heard my teachers say when I was to be introduced was, ‘That is Gbenga Adeboye’s daughter.’ I enjoyed good attention from my teachers because of my father. I receive favours from people each time I introduce myself as Damilola. I only add ‘Gbenga-Adeboye’ when asked my surname. Otherwise, I keep that part. Some people know the name instantly while others do not. For the latter, I don’t explain who he was.

How did he relax at home?

My father enjoyed writing scripts. He was always busy writing scripts while at home. We never disturbed him whenever he was at home. I was the only person that had the privilege of disturbing him because I was too close to him (laughs).

What was his favourite meal?

He liked pounded yam. It was his best food. He was the one that made me love pounded yam. I always refused to take dinner until he returned so that we could eat together.

Did he have any best drink?

I don’t think he did. My father enjoyed any type of alcoholic drink.

How did he like to dress?

He was not the kind of person who was particular about clothes He wore what looked good on him. My father was a car freak and did not attach much attention to clothes. He however dressed very well to suit every occasion. I remember that before the jeep brand became popular in Nigeria, I once saw one in my father’s compound. My father loved good cars.

Was he the one who influenced your interest in acting?

I love entertainment naturally. In a way, he did influence me because his popularity earned him respect and fame. I love the way people talk about his talent. My father was a good man. He was generous to a fault and loved seeing people happy. I love dancing and acting naturally. I started acting when I was in primary school.

Did you feature in any of his videos?

Yes, I was in one of his music videos, Extravaganza. I was young then. I love the way my father exhibited professionalism in all he did.

Did he pay you for the performance?

(Laughs) Sincerely, he did not need to pay me. His fatherly responsibilities in paying for our school fees, feeding and clothing us were enough compensation for me. He didn’t have to give me money to feature in the video. But being a very considerate man, he gave me some money. I cannot remember the exact amount. I cannot remember how I got into the video. I only saw that I was shown briefly dancing in the video.

Why did you choose to study Economics?

It was my mother who advised me to study Economics. She reasoned that as an economist, I would be a professional and can work in any financial institution. She also said with mass communications, I would be limited to work in some places. I agreed with her. Besides, as an economist, I can still combine it with my entertainment activities.

What are the things you miss about him?

I miss everything about him from his eyes, nose, legs, head to arms. I also miss his care, attention, humour, promises and presence. I miss him a lot. Every time I remember him, I cry.

What were the things you learnt from him?

The first value I learnt from my father was humility. He told me that no matter what I achieved, I should be very humble. He was not proud. My father received many visitors ranging from young to old whenever he was at home. They would joke and chat. He also taught me to be God-fearing. Despite the fact that his job was demanding, he created time for God. He was the one that taught me how to pay tithe. My father was a giver. He encouraged me to always give and help people in any little way I can.

How did he react to misunderstandings with your mother?

I never witnessed any disagreements with them. My mother is a quiet woman while my father was very humorous. It was hard to provoke him. If he was angry, it did not take long before he calmed down. He was too funny a man. Sometimes, visitors would continue laughing several minutes after he had cracked a joke. There was no way one would want to provoke such a man. I wish he were alive to witness my wedding whenever it holds. I wish he were alive to see us grow and reap the fruits of his labour.

What kind of life would you say your father led?

He lived a good life but it was very short. Considering the kind of person he was, he should not be the one to die early. I believe that good people don’t last. My father did not deserve to die so early. But who am I to question God? If not for his death, I cannot imagine where his talent would have taken him to or where we would have been by now.

Your father had many nicknames. Which of them do you like?

I love calling him, ‘Alaye Mi Gbengulo and Funwontan.’ He was popularly called Alhaji Pastor Oluwo, Abefe, Jengbetiele, among others. He also had a knack of giving people nicknames. For instance, he called me ‘Iya O.’

Was he fetish?  

My father was not fetish. Some people felt he was because he had the gift of a seer. His funny manner made people misconstrue certain things about him. There was a time a classmate was bullying me. I tried to avoid him but when he would not bulge, I told my father. He promised to teach me some skills to use in fighting him. He playfully taught Karate and said I would be given a ring to also fight him. While it was time for school, I approached him innocently and demanded for the ring. He looked at me and laughed, saying “You are not serious. You indeed think there is a ring. Go to school.’’

Where were you when he died?

I was at home when my father passed on. He told me he was travelling before I heard that he was dead. There was a time my mother took me along with her to a hospital. She said she wanted to see her friend. When we got there, she told me to sit down that she was going to see her friend upstairs. I later realised that it was my father she went to see upstairs. He was in the hospital. She did not want to tell me because of my age. Some days later, I saw my half-sister crying that my father was dead. I kept laughing because I believed he travelled. It took some time for me to know that he had passed away.

When you heard of his death how did you feel?

My father and I were really close hence his death shocked me. When I saw his corpse displayed at the LTV 8 grounds, it was as if I should follow him. Initially, I did not know that he was being mourned by the crowd. His lifeless body showed me that he was dead. With his death, I felt there was no reason living. He was everything to me. He was a father in every sense of the word.

How has it been coping without him?

It has not been easy but God has been assisting us greatly. He is the father of the fatherless. Each time I remember there is God, I feel happy and relaxed. Occasionally, when my friends tell me how their fathers took them shopping and bought them nice things, I remember him and wish he were around. The pain is always there but I console myself with the fact that there is a greater father above. As long as we have God, the children he left behind have a hope of a better future.

Source: The Punch

SW Chair of PDP Protests New Exco as Thugs Attack Edo Lawmakers

Fresh Crisis Hits PDP as S’West Chair Protests New Exco

PDP Caretaker Chairman in the South-west zone, Chief Ishola Filani

– Thugs unleash mayhem on Edo legislators’ quarters

By Ademola Babalola in Ibadan and Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Fresh leadership crisis hit the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday as its caretaker Chairman in the South-west zone, Chief Ishola Filani, protested the congress of the party where new executives to run the affairs of PDP in the zone were put in place.

Filani, who made a brief appearance at the venue of the congress held at the Apex Multipurpose Hall, Agodi in Ibadan, presented his protest letter to the chairman of the congress committee.

He also copied same letter to the National Chairman of the party; the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Governor Segun Mimiko, Governor-elect of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayo Fayose and the party’s Board of Trustees in the zone in care of Chief Olabode George.

Addressing reporters at the Check Inn Hotel, Agodi, Filani, who read his protest letter, said he was the valid candidate contesting for the office of the party’s national vice-chairman of the zone until Thursday, 9th October.
As at the time of filing this report, the election was still on and save for the inclusion of Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, the incumbent Chairman of Ekiti state chapter of the party, who was tipped to succeed Filani who also hails from Ekiti state as the new Zonal National Vice Chairman, virtually all others who had been working with Filani were returned unopposed.

The venue of the congress was fortified with security agents just as top politicians in the zone were seen discussing in groups and making last minutes consultations on the development.

They included serving Ministers from the zone like Jelili Adesiyan (Police Affairs), Jumoke Akinjide (FCT), Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (Defence), the incumbent Deputy Senate Whip, Hosea Ayoola Agboola, Ex-Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo state, former Senate leader, Teslim Folarin, Seyi Makinde, Buruji Kashamu, Senator Iyiola Omisore, among others.

Meanwhile, it was a reign of terror Saturday morning as thugs loyal to the Peoples’ Democratic Party invaded the Edo State House of Assembly Legislator’s Quarters and smashed 36 cars belonging to members of the All Progressives Congress in the Quarters.

The thugs also shot at doors and windows of seven chalets inhabited by APC lawmakers and by the time they ended their operation, property worth several millions of naira had been destroyed.

According to eyewitnesses, the invaders started converging on the George Idah Primary School from 6:30am from where they launched the attack. They tied up the security man at the gate and met no further resistance after gaining entrance as the policemen attached to the lawmakers were said to have been withdrawn earlier in the week on orders from above.

Source: ThisDay

Tinubu’s Tough Choices- by Simon Kolawole

The Difficult Options Before Tinubu

  By Simon Kolawole

Being a kingmaker could be fun, but these are not the most exciting times in the life of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In the next few weeks, or even days, he has difficult political decisions to make both on the national and home fronts as the 2015 general election draws closer and closer. Any decision he takes has repercussions, and he will only hope that they would not harm his political standing at the end of the day. A pragmatic and calculative politician he is, but his battle-tested muscles will take a battering if he miscalculates his punches this time around.

At the national level, he still has not told his followers who to back for the APC presidential ticket. Some of his associates are confused, unsure of whose ambition to promote. Given the fact that Tinubu and his associates control a significant number of states whose delegates may cast the decisive votes in the presidential primary, everyone is agreed that he holds the ace in the race. Whoever he decides to make his “horse” available to will enjoy a good ride. Whoever has Tinubu’s broom could sweep the delegates’ votes.

But whichever candidate Tinubu backs, there will be one or two issues to deal with. Should he back General Muhammadu Buhari who evidently has the largest following in the north and, in my view, the best CV? The simplified arithmetic is that if you add Buhari’s votes in the North to Tinubu’s votes in the South-West, APC will win the presidential poll. It may not be that simple, though. Nevertheless, some in Tinubu’s camp believe that supporting Buhari could harm him, fearing he could turn out to be the scapegoat of an anti-corruption war. The only insurance for Tinubu is to be on the train on a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Or should Tinubu back Atiku Abubakar, an experienced politician with a broader national appeal and who is unlikely to rock the boat? Atiku has been a long-time associate of Tinubu, although Tinubu has hardly forgotten how Atiku left the Action Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in pursuit of a presidential ticket in 2011. His return to APC this year is being interpreted in negative ways, but the bigger worry for Tinubu is that if Atiku is pitched against Jonathan, there may be no defining advantage to be enjoyed by APC. Indeed, while Buhari can campaign as an anti-corruption agent, Atiku will have to choose a different topic.

Or should Tinubu back Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the 48-year-old Speaker of the House of Representatives? He is a young politician and seasoned lawmaker, having been a member of the lower chamber since 2003. He could become the youngest elected president of Nigeria. No scandal has been linked to him yet, and he has managed to conduct himself without any stain since he became speaker in 2011. With the voting population predominantly youthful, Tambuwal can be sold as the new face of politics to the facebook generation. But does Tambuwal pack enough punches to knock out Jonathan? And will Tinubu take that gamble?

Or, finally to do the unimaginable  should Tinubu back Jonathan for a second term? With PDP’s aggressive troops massing around the South-West to launch a “surge” into the geo-political zone, the clear message to Tinubu is to “surrender or be captured”. Ondo and Ekiti have already gone to the PDP, while Ogun and Oyo are just hanging in there, with negative forecasts about APC’s prospects in the next polls. Tinubu can go for a “tactical manoeuvre” and negotiate for the withdrawal of PDP forces from Oyo and Ogun and, in exchange, support Jonathan’s re-election. That way, he could keep his political empire beyond 2015. The downsides: he would be tagged a traitor by his followers and, well, what if the PDP does not keep its own part of the bargain?

As if his predicament at the national level is not enough, Tinubu is also fighting a subtle battle at his backyard. His preferred candidate for the governorship of Lagos State is Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, an accountant, experienced public administrator, and former accountant-general of Lagos State. Naturally, Governor Babatunde Fashola will have his own ideas on who should succeed him. Fashola would want somebody who has been part and parcel of his administration for the sake of continuity, but having been a beneficiary of Tinubu’s against-the-grain choice of him as successor in 2007, Fashola will be a bit handicapped.

To be sure, Tinubu faced serious opposition when he picked Fashola. However, some will argue that Fashola understood Tinubu in and out and easily fitted into his shoes, carrying on with Tinubu’s various infrastructural projects. The BRT, expansion of Badagry road, the clean-and-green evolution of the landscape and the Atlantic City, among others, were projects that Fashola participated in their conception, one way or the other. To carry on from where Tinubu stopped and actualise the plans was not that complicated for Fashola. But the same cannot be said of Ambode who has not been integral to Fashola’s team.

Tinubu’s real battle is not within the APC, though. He can always have his way there. The bigger battle is in the general election when APC comes against PDP, which is rumoured to be thinking of fielding Jimi Agbaje although Musiliu Obanikoro is putting up a stiff resistance. If PDP indeed fields Agbaje, who is seen in some quarters as “the other Fashola”, Tinubu will have to be at his best to retain Lagos State. Agbaje appeals to large sections of the young generation as well as the professionals. Like Fashola, he is a modern thinker. Without a doubt, Agbaje currently commands a bigger public profile than Ambode, who could do with more aggressive marketing by APC.

Tinubu’s consolation would be that he has engaged PDP in four rounds of heavyweight contests since 1999, and has given them a bloodied nose each time. He has done it before so he believes he can do it again. But there is something called complacency  that stage when you stop training for the big fight, sure that you will always floor your opponent no matter your current form and the state of your preparation. However, if PDP deploys all its arsenal to back a Jimi Agbaje, and APC is fractured at election time, it may not actually be a walk-over for Tinubu as most analysts would think.

Let the game begin!

And Four Other Things…

FINTIRI FAÇADE
There is no better ending for the speaker of the Adamawa house of assembly, Hon. Ahmadu Fintiri, than his ouster as acting governor and the truncation of his governorship bid on Wednesday. Ambition and desperation were written all over him as he masterminded the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako. He always sought to be the ultimate beneficiary. However, Bala Ngilari, former deputy governor who is now governor after the court verdict, has still not explained why he resigned in the first place, and though it was procedurally flawed, there is still something odious about his role in the whole drama. Bewildering.

BAYO OJO AGAIN
Remember Bayo Ojo, that Minister of Injustice and Attorney-General under President Obasanjo? In those lawless days, Ojo elevated himself above the Supreme Court, interpreting judgements his own way and plunging Nigeria into several constitutional crises. He is back to business. He was Ahmadu Fintiri’s lawyer, and he said since he was going to appeal, the court judgement should not be obeyed. In law, an appeal is not a “stay of execution”. That is why appellants first file for a stay. To suggest that a judgement should be disobeyed because you INTEND to appeal is the height of anarchy. Irredeemable.

UP IN ARMS
The politicisation of the seizure of Nigeria’s $15m in South Africa in the arms deal affair has made it difficult for some of us to comment. However, one issue is fairly clear: the official explanation is that we were seeking to buy arms through third parties after falling foul of strict pre-requisites required by Western countries. But one issue remains unclear: why go through a South African agent, given the cold war between the two countries after several fall-outs, notably over Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, African Union positions, yellow fever vaccination, xenophobic riots and Synagogue? Puzzling.

EBOLA PANDEMIC?
I want to make a confession: when cases of Ebola were being reported in Congo over a decade ago, I thought it was their problem. When, early this year, the virus hit Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, I thought it was their problem too. It was when the disease came to Nigeria that many of us started thinking it could be our problem. Maybe that was what the rest of the world thought too. Now that the advanced countries are looking vulnerable  with the US and Spain recording cases  it is now everybody’s problem. Lessons.