Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories.
1-.The All Progressives Congress on Saturday flagged off its campaign ahead of the Governorship election in Edo state on September 19. The event took place at the University of Benin’s Sports Complex, Benin-city. Dignitaries who were present include the Yobe State Governor and Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Mr. Mai Mala-Buni, Governors of Kano, Imo, Kaduna, Osun, and former Chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, as well as some Ministers.
2-.The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has broken his silence on the crisis engulfing the Edo State House of Assembly. In a statement he personally signed on Friday, Tinubu said Governor Godwin Obaseki has now resorted to the strong-arm tactics of dictators. He said after denying elected members of the house of assembly from being inaugurated for over a year, the governor allegedly mobilised thugs to frustrate their inauguration.
3-.China on Saturday slammed the United States for imposing “barbarous” sanctions in response to Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong, capping a dramatic week of deteriorating relations between the world’s two biggest economies. In the toughest US action on Hong Kong since China imposed a sweeping new security law on the territory, Washington on Friday imposed sanctions on a group of Chinese and Hong Kong officials — including the city’s leader Carrie Lam.
4-.The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has made allegations of a plot to assassinate high-profile personalities in the state. Mr. Shaibu said this on Saturday during a press briefing in Benin-city. According to Shaibu, there was reliable intelligence that some individuals are in Edo state and their assignment was to come and assassinate some known individuals in the state.
5-.Robert Lewandowski bagged his Champions League-leading 12th and 13th goals this season as Bayern Munich set up a quarter-final clash with Barcelona after a 4-1 home win over Chelsea in Saturday’s last 16 second leg. Leading 3-0 from the first leg at Stamford Bridge in February before the coronavirus pandemic halted the competition, treble-chasing Bayern underlined their dominance to progress 7-1 on aggregate.
6-.The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Ismaeel Danbaba, has emerged winner of the Nasarawa Central bye-election after polling 7,475 votes to beat his closest contender Nuhu Bawa of the People’s Democratic Party, who secured 4,608 votes. Returning officer for the election Iliyasu Umar declared him the winner after announcing that he had satisfied the requirements of the law.
7-.The estimated number of people wounded in the monster explosion at Beirut’s port has shot up to 6,000, the health ministry said Saturday in a statement. The death toll rose to 158 and the number of missing dropped to 21 from 60 in the latest ministry figures.
8-.South African police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse dozens of protesters outside the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria on Friday. Close to 100 mainly Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa gathered to protest economic hardship and a recent crackdown on dissent and political opposition back home.
9-.Buruji Kashamu, former lawmaker from Ogun State is dead. Kashamu was said to have died from coronavirus complications at the age of 62. Nigerian politician and businessman, Ben Murray-Bruce confirmed the politician’s death on Twitter. According to him, he died at the First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
10-.Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State says the next President of Nigeria has to come from the southern part of the country and rule the country for another eight years. In an interview with the BBC Hausa on Saturday, August 8, 2020, the governor said he would not support any northerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. Also, contrary to the belief that he wishes to become Nigeria’s President and would like to contest in 2023, El-Rufai said it is nonsensical for anyone to believe he seeks the Nigerian Presidency.