Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories.
1-.The Oba of Benin, Ewuare the II, has sought to clear the air concerning the position of the Palace in the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in Edo State, pointing out that the monarchy remains neutral on who becomes the next Governor of Edo State. The respected king disclosed this on Saturday while playing host to the All Progressives Congress’ candidate for the forthcoming election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other governors elected under the platform of APC.
2-.The North-East Governors’ Forum (NGF) has called on the Federal Government to deploy more state of the art military hard ware to the armed forces fighting the Boko Haram in the region. The body said this in a communique issued after its second meeting to discuss the challenges facing the sub-region. The communique was signed by the Forum’s Chairman and governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum.
3-.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.
4-.Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has tested negative to Covid-19. Obasanjo took the test last Friday, August 7, 2020, at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence, Okemosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
5-.The Benue state governor Mr Samuel Ortom has rejected the invitation extended to him by the All Progressive Congress to return to the party, noting that he is fully committed to the ideals of the Peoples Democratic Party, thereby putting to rest, speculations on his alleged defection plans to the APC. Governor Ortom made this public at the PDP congress to elect a new state executive committee of the party was returned the John Ngbede led executive, admitting that the APC indeed reached out to him but the congress decision would determine if he would remain in the PDP.
6-.Traffic built up gradually on Sunday around the OPIC end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway following an accident involving a truck and a diesel laden tanker. The accident, which occurred in the evening, took place on the Lagos outbound lane of the highway. Although no life was lost, the tanker conveying its content to Ibadan, Oyo State capital, and the truck going to Ibafo were said to have made contact while on motion.
7-.The North-East Governors’ Forum (NGF) has called on the Federal Government to deploy more state of the art military hard ware to the armed forces fighting the Boko Haram in the region. The body said this in a communique issued after its second meeting to discuss the challenges facing the sub-region.
8-. President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive actions extending financial relief to Americans hit by the coronavirus pandemic as polls showed a large majority of voters unhappy with his handling of the crisis. The four measures marked a presidential show of strength after Trump’s Republican party and White House team failed to agree with opposition Democrats in Congress on a new stimulus package aimed at stopping vulnerable Americans from falling through the cracks.
9-.Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has jetted off to Germany with the Manchester United squad for the tournament-styled Europa League campaign. The 2019/2020 Europa League season will be played in a one-legged style in Germany from the quarter-final stage. Manchester United who will face FC Copenhagen on Monday, August 10, 2020, arrived in Cologne on Sunday, August 9.
10-.Manchester United, Inter Milan and Sevilla headline a quintet of former champions travelling to Germany for a remodelled eight-team straight knockout tournament that will crown the winner of a Europa League campaign heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.All games from the quarter-finals onwards in this season’s competition will be played behind closed doors as one-off ties across four venues — Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen — following a five-month interruption.