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INEC Declares Umeh Winner Of Anambra Central Senatorial District Election |RN

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Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate,  Chief Victor Chukwunoyelum Umeh winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial District rerun election conducted yesterday in the state.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)  candidate,  Chief Victor Chukwunoyelum Umeh yesterday received a landslide victory in the Anambra Central Senatorial District rerun election to emerge the Senator for District.

Umeh scored a total of 64, 879 votes to end the two years tortuous journey to the red carpet chambers of the National Assembly.

APC came a distant second with 975 votes why PPA came third with 116 votes.

Umeh victory yesterday gave APGA it’s first Senate seat and places it the list of the Nigeria Senate.

Declaring the result after the final collation of the results at the INEC headquarters Seka,  the Returning Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor,  Academics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,  Prof.  Charles Esimone said that Umeh having scored the highest costs and satisfied the provisions of the law “is hereby declared winner and duely returned.”

Results:

NJIKOKA LGA
ACCORD – 5
ACD         – 5
ADC         – 3
APC         – 158
APGA     – 11,506

GPN        –  7
ID            –   0
KP          –   2
LP          –   17
MPPP    –  69
NPC      –   3
PDC      –   0
PPA        – 16
UPP      –  7

AWKA NORTH LGA

Accord    – 2
ACD        –  2
ADC        –  4
APC        –  81
APGA     – 7,572
GPN       –  3
ID           –  2
KP          –  1
LP          –   5
MPPP    – 11
NCP       –  3
PDC       –   0
PPA        –  4
UPP        –  1

IDEMILI SOUTH LGA

Accord    – 5
ACD         – 0
ADC         – 4
APC         – 104
APGA      –  4,647
GPN        –  5
ID            –  3
KP          –   0
LP           –  11
MPPP     –  0
NCP        –  1
PDC        –  0
PPA        –  12
UPP        –  4

DUNUKOFIA LGA

Accord    – 5
ACD         – 3
ADC         – 6
APC         – 124
APGA      –  7,307
GPN        –  7
ID            –  3
KP          – 2
LP           –  9
MPPP     –  4
NCP        –  6
PDC        –  3
PPA        –  41
UPP         –  8

AWKA SOUTH LGA

Accord    – 7
ACD         – 12
ADC         – 22
APC         – 231
APGA      –  12,384
GPN        –  13
ID            –  4
KP          –   2
LP           –  23
MPPP     –  10
NCP        –  23
PDC        –  1
PPA        –  8
UPP        –  6

ANAOCHA LGA

Accord    – 8
ACD         – 1
ADC         – 10
APC         – 120
APGA      –  12,245
GPN        –  7
ID            –  0
KP          –   4
LP           –  19
MPPP     –  14
NCP        –  1
PDC        –  1
PPA        –  19

UPP        –  12

IDEMILI NORTH LGA

Accord    –  3
ACD         – 10
ADC         – 8
APC         – 157
APGA      –  9218
GPN        – 6
ID            –  2
KP          –   1
LP           –  11
MPPP     – 3
NCP        – 35
PDC        –  0
PPA        –  16
UPP        –  17
(Source :The Sun)

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Mark Zuckerberg Loses $3.3bn From His Fortune After Facebook News Feed Change|RN

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Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to change the way Facebook operates people’s news feeds has cost him $3.3bn, with his personal net worth dropping by 4.4 per cent, it is believed.

After Facebook went public with the news feed change on Thursday, the website’s share value dropped by nearly four per cent before US markets opened on Friday.

By close of business on Friday Facebook shares were trading at $179.37, down more than 4.4 per cent on Thursday’s price of $187.77.

And Forbes has calculated that for Mr Zuckerberg, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook, this translated into a personal hit of 3.3bn – a 4.4 per cent fall in his personal fortune.

Mr Zuckerberg, 33, who started Facebook in 2004 aged 19, still owns a 17 per stake in the company, which went public in 2012.

He explained his reasons for changing the news feed algorithm in a Facebook post on Thursday, saying he wanted the website to prioritise posts from friends and family over businesses and brands.

“We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us,” he said. “But recently we’ve gotten feedback that public content — posts from businesses, brands and media — is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other.

“Based on this … . I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.”

Some, however, have suggested that the change might also have been influenced by Facebook’s alleged desire to counteract what the company is believed to refer to as “context collapse”.

This is the phenomenon where people stop sharing as much information about their personal lives on Facebook, yielding less useful data for the advertisers on whom Facebook relies to make its money.

Tweaking the news feed to encourage people to talk about their personal lives might, therefore, be seen as a means of increasing Facebook’s commercial value.

The markets, though, appear to have reacted badly to the news feed change, at least in the short term.

a screenshot of a cell phone: facebook-share-price.jpg© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited facebook-share-price.jpg Some analysts, however, think the tweak will work well for the company in the long term.

Mark Mahaney, an analyst at RBC, told Bloomberg: “Making the feed more relevant should boost user and engagement growth over time.

“We believe these changes will be beneficial to Facebook in the medium and long term.”

Just how much Mr Zuckerberg will worry about the short term drop in his wealth is also unclear.

Given that Facebook shares were trading at around $127 in January 2017, the company’s value is still up by more than 40 per cent year-on-year, even after this week’s fall.

Despite losing $3.3bn, Mr Zuckerberg is still worth $72.4bn (£52.7bn) – and, anyway, it’s not as if he intends to hold on to his Facebook shares.

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In December 2015 Mr Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said they were planning to give away 99 per cent of their Facebook shares over the course of their lives.                 (The Independent)

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Serena Williams: I Almost Died After Childbirth |The Republican News

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                     Serena Williams and daughter, Olympia

Tennis superstar, Serena Williams, has revealed that she nearly died after she had her baby last September.

She said she needed an emergency C-section and that she had multiple surgeries after giving birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia.

Serena experienced a wave of medical and emotional issues after giving birth to her first child last year, according to a report.

The day after the operation, she fell ill and doctors found several small clots in her lungs. Then she suffered another terrifying scare when her C-section scar burst open and doctors found a large haematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues) had flooded her abdomen.

Serena underwent several surgeries and was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.

She said: “That was an amazing feeling (being handed her daughter).
“And then everything went bad.”

The sports star has a history of blood clots, so she was the one who raised the alarm after she found herself feeling short of breath 24 hours after becoming a mum.

Serena was found to have a pulmonary embolism, and the coughing it caused meant her C-section wound burst open.

Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the Caesarian section.

She had to undergo another surgery, and a week later, she finally went home and found she wasn’t even able to get out of bed.

Her daughter, Alexis Olympia, was born via emergency Caesarean section due to the baby’s alarmingly low heart rate.

Little Alexis was fine after her September birth, but Williams said that “everything went bad” for her personally.

Williams ultimately needed to have a filter placed in a major vein to stop blood clots from going to her lungs.

She was not able to get out of bed for six weeks after she finally left the hospital a week after giving birth.

Williams says the experience has taken an emotional toll on her as well.

“Sometimes, I get really down and feel like, man, I can’t do this,” she confessed.

“It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments — the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.”

Williams said she has broken down frequently since becoming a mother.

“Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, ‘Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby?’ The emotions are insane,” she said.

The star has won a record 23 Grand Slam titles in her illustrious career.  (Punch)

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Yusuf Buhari Discharged From Hospital |The Republican News

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, who was involved in a bike accident in Abuja on December 26, 2017 has been discharged from the hospital.

The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed the development on Friday on his Twitter handle and Facebook page.

“Yusuf Muhammadu Buhari has been discharged from Cedarcrest Hospitals, Abuja. Read full statement released today by the hospital.

“Wish him a complete and speedy recovery,” Ahmad wrote.

The Presidency had, earlier in the day, issued a statement indicating that Yusuf’s health had improved remarkably and that he was ready to be discharged.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Adesina said the news of Yusuf’s improved health and imminent discharge was contained in a statement dated January 12, 2018 and issued  by the Medical Director of the Cedarcrest Hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe.

He was however not specific on the exact day Yusuf would be discharged.

He reproduced Ogedegbe’s statement, which also denied media reports that the President’s wife, Aisha, also suffered shock and was treated at the hospital.

He also quoted the report as saying that there was also no truth in the report that Yusuf was involved in the accident alongside his friend.   (Punch)

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Fayose Criticies Buhari Over Appointment Of Northerner As NIA DG |RN

Says, ‘Buhari is unrepentant sectional leader’

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has chided President Muhammadu Buhari over replacement of the sacked National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke with Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a northerner, saying; “The President has further demonstrated to Nigerians that he is an unrepentant sectional leader, who does not care about the feelings of people from other parts of the country.”
The governor said; “With the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the NIA Director General, all heads of security agencies are now northerners and the question is, is this what those who enshrined federal character in our constitution envisaged?”
The governor’s Special Assistant on public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, quoted him as saying in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, that “seeing what President Buhari has turned the country to, the forefathers of Nigeria, who laid the foundation of the country on equity, justice and fairness will be lamenting wherever they are now.”
He said; “Ambassador Ayo Oke was removed from office the same day Babachir Lawal was removed as Secretary to the Government of the Federation. While Lawal’s replacement came from his home State, Oke’s replacement came from the north. That is unacceptable.”
Governor Fayose, who reminded Nigerians of the President Buhari’s directive that the World Bank should shift its focus to the northern region of Nigeria, maintained that “because of the President’s nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism, Nigeria is now more divided than ever before.
He said it remained on record that President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim reportedly said that in his very first meeting with President Buhari, he (Buhari) said specifically that he would like the World Bank to shift its focus to the northern region of Nigeria.
The governor said “President Buhari has consistently demonstrated that he is an ethnic champion, a religious bigot and the number one promoter of disunity in Nigeria. This he has done again with the appointment of yet another northerner as the NIA Director General.
“Even at a point, the National Chairman of the President’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun had to openly fault the appointments made by the President, saying that as many as three people were appointed from one ward in a local government in the north.
“The implication of what the President has done is that, when Security Council meeting is held today, apart from one or two insignificant people, those in the meeting will be people from one section of the country.
“Even para-military agencies are headed by people from President Buhari’s section of the country. This is unfair.”
Reminding Nigerians of his earlier warnings that President Buhari was operating as a president of the Northern Nigeria only and the the appointments made by the President negated the principle of federal character, Governor Fayose said; “Those who argued then that the President made the appointments on merit should come to the open to tell Nigerians, especially those from the south that there is no one that merited appointment as Director General of NIA.
“Like I said before, those politicians, who painted the picture of a changed President Buhari to Nigerians before the 2015 presidential election must have seen now that he (Buhari) can never change from an ethnic champion to a nationalist,” Governor Fayose said. (The Sun)

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2018 Budget Will Be Tough To Implement, Says FG |The Republican News

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Fred Itua, Abuja

Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, on Thursday, said that the Federal Government might not fully implement the 2018 budget if the National Assembly fails to pass it on time.

He also revealed that early preparation for the 2019 general elections, which he said, will commence by end of February, will further pose a challenge.

Mustapha stated that serious government business will end by November, when political parties will commence campaigns and conduct primaries.

To avoid possible poor implementation, Mustapha appealed to the National Assembly to pass the 2018 Appropriation Bill into law as soon as possible.

The SGF spoke when he appeared before the Senate committee on Federal Character.

Said he, “I will make an appeal that the 2018 budget must be passed on time. We do not have time. If you consider the time left for us as politicians and in line with the timetable released by INEC, you will realise that we have till November 2018 to do what we have to do.

“By then, politicians will be engaged in political activities. There will be no time. I am appealing that we pass this budget on time. This is the last budget we will have to deliver on the dividends of democracy. For those of you coming back, promises will not work. What will work will be the scorecard.

“I am begging that it should be passed as quickly as possible. I am also appealing to the executive arm to appear for budget defence. Intense political activities will begin in this February and as public officials, we have to quickly deliver.”

The SGF told lawmakers that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the setting up of a monitoring unit in his office, to track budget implementation by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Mustapha said ministers have been given a template to collate projects executed since 2015, when Buhari came into office. He added that the outcome of the exercise will assist Nigerians in assessing Buhari’s government at the end of his administration.

He explained: “Let me assure you that whatever the National Assembly budgets for the MDAs, Ministers will give detailed reports on what they have done since 2015. From now till the end of February, they will give briefings. We have given them the template they need to use to carry out this exercise. At the end of the exercise, the entire tenure of the President will be assessed at a glance. The exercise is ongoing.

“At the end of the day, we might seek government’s approval to create a unit that will monitor projects. In some countries like the United Kingdom, there is such a unit in the office of the Prime Minister.”

He also explained why his office opted for monetisation of vehicles for former presidents and former Vice presidents. He said though the Appropriation Act clearly stipulates that vehicles should be bought for them, his office opted for the second option since it was a better choice.

He said: “A decision was taken that instead of buying them vehicles, the money should be given to them so that they can buy themselves. The purchase of these vehicles is tenured. It is done after every four years.

“The issue of the purchase of vehicles, I agree is an Appropriation Act. The issue of monetisation is done in the MDAs. It is also done in the National Assembly. Some of these former leaders may not even want to buy Prado jeeps which the law says. But many of them may not like it. They may prefer saloon cars which maybe more comfortable for them. That was why we released a memo for them to do that.”

Explaining the performance of the 2017 budget of his office, he said: “The office of SGF is the think-tank of the government. We coordinate activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Approved for capital was N2 billion. For personal cost, N2 billion. Overhead cost is N3 billion. Total is N9.5 billion.

“Performance for capital is N1.2 billion released as at end of December, 2017. It represents 50 per cent. We are hoping that the National Assembly will extend the lifespan of the budget so that we can handle other procurement processes.

“My office had issues with poor releases when I came in. We are hoping that as we move forward, we will be properly and adequately funded so that we can carry out our duties effectively.”

Responding, chairman of the committee, Senator Tijjani Kaura, promised that the leadership of the National Assembly will pass the budget as soon as possible.

He told the SGF that lawmakers had to cut short their holidays so as to consider the 2018 budget.

“The leadership is keen on passing the budget on time. That is why we cut our vacation short to be here to attend to budget defence. This is to tell you the importance of this issue. If you look at the 2017 budget, you will see that this committee did not tamper with the figure submitted to us. We did that because we know the enormous responsibility attached to that office,” he said.

Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi from Kaduna State, complained about underfunding of the office of the SGF. He said as a critical unit of the Federal Government, the office should get more funds to run its operations.

“I agree with the SGF on the need to fasten the budget process. This year is different from all the other two years. I agree with you. I will wish to note some observations. The issue of allocation under the Appropriation Act are three. During an oversight visit to the office of the SGF, we identified the issue of underfunding. Even after the provisions, the releases have been abysmal.

“The National Assembly may provide, but it has always on the other side of the divide. It has always the inability of the Ministry of Finance to cash back these allocations,” he said.  (The Sun)

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Miyetti Allah Leaders Held Responsible For Benue Killings, Lawmaker Calls For Arrests

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Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

A lawmaker representing Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Emmanuel Udende, has condemned in strong terms the wanton killing of over 73 people by Fulani herdsmen in parts of his constituency Logo and Guma in Benue State, even as he accused leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (MAKH) of masterminding the attacks, calling for their arrest and prosecution.

The Federal lawmaker described the unprovoked attacks on his constituents as barbaric and wicked, stressing that the aim for the invasion was to dislodge the farming communities from their homes during the time of harvest.

He recounted how MAKH, a splinter body of cattle breeders in the country, had issued threats to invade the state if the state implements the anti-open grazing law, which sought to bring to an end to incessant cases of herders/farmers clashes.

Udende noted that the recent violence against the people was a clear manifestation of the earlier threat by the body to mobilize against the implementation of the law in the state. He called on security agencies to immediately arrest leaders of the group.

In a press statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Jerry Iorngaem, and  made available to journalists in Makurdi, the lawmaker expressed disappointment with the Federal Government in the manner it has handled the crisis, questioning why the Inspector General of Police would describe the invasion as a communal clash when it is obvious that the herdsmen carried out the attacks without any reprisal attack from the farmers.

Udende, who is Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs, stated that the Benue State Government and other stakeholders had earlier drawn the attention of security agencies and the Federal Government to the impending herdsmen attack, but no serious security measures were put in place to protect the people – a negligence which finally resulted to the recent attacks

While sympathizing with the families of those that were massacred in the attacks, as well as those who were injured and the displaced, Udende charged them to remain calm as the Benue state government, in collaboration with stakeholders in the state, were doing everything humanly possible with the view to protecting them from further attacks and to also ensure justice for victims of this act of cruelty.

He expressed his total support and that of his constituents to the continued implementation of the anti-open grazing law in the State, stating that it remained the best global practice in the business of cattle rearing and must be encouraged

The lawmaker charged President Muhamadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, direct security agencies to rise up to their responsibility of securing the lives of Benue people. (The Sun)

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