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PDP primary: Oboro’ll garner 80% of Sapele delegates —Edeki

By Onozure Dania Former chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, Chief Godwin Edeki, has said  that Delta Central senatorial aspirant, Mr Evelyn Oboro, will get up to 80 percent of Sapele delegates in the forthcoming PDP senatorial primary election. Edeki who is also the Chairman of all former PDP  LGA chairmen in Delta State said, “I am already addressing you as my Senator because it’s already a done deal.” According to Edeki, “Sapele is a different Local Government Area when it comes to politics, no leader will come and control us, everybody knows his stand here, I have my vote because I am a delegate and there are delegates I also control. “I know you (Evelyn Oboro) will get up to 80 percent of Sapele delegates. I want to as...

APC convention: Abia faction threatens Oyegun with contempt of court charge

By Anayo Okoli UMUAHIA—AHEAD of APC national convention, a faction of the party in Abia State has threatened the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun with contempt charges for defying a court order to conduct the state congress of the party but instead, he went ahead  to inaugurate Hon Donatus Nwankpa as state chairman. Before the May 19, 2018, state congresses of APC held across the country, an Abia state high court had sacked the Nwankpa-led executive committee and recognized Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe as the authentic chairman of the party in Abia. Speaking to journalists in Umuahia, the publicity secretary of the Ndukwe-led faction, Hon. Mike Ozoemena said the faction decided to press contempt charges against Oyegun so as to remind him that the rule of...

Tribute to a promise keeper with passion for his people

By Freeborn Eghagha Speaker Delta State House of Assembly,   Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori (JP) MNIM, my mentor and boss of all bosses is a year older today. Oborevwori is certainly a man of destiny. He is highly disciplined, frank, sincere and out spoken at all times and places. A man who does not say a thing and do another. During the 2015 electioneering period, he promised to empower his constituents and develop his constituency. His massive empowerment program of May 4th, 2018, is a clear testimony, that he is a promise keeper and a man with unquenchable passion for the well-being of his people. His benevolence to the people, predates his political ambition. He has impacted the lives of many and changed the fortune of others within his constituency and across the state...

Lyor Cohen on YouTube Music, Criticism From Irving Azoff & Why Artists Still Need Record Labels

“I’m a very peculiar DNA inside of this building. I think the worst thing one could do is be less authentic and then get caught in the middle.” YouTube’s office complex on the fifth floor of Chelsea Market in Manhattan is nearly empty at 9 in the morning. But Lyor Cohen’s day has already started. “My primary job is to create connective tissue between the labels and the creative community and Google and YouTube. And that’s a lot of meetings together,” he says, sitting down to a bowl of cornflakes in the office’s high-ceiling micro kitchen. Cohen, 58, has had his work cut out for him in the year-plus since he left the independent label he co-founded, 300 Entertainment, to take on the role of global head of music at YouTube. The video giant has had a fraught relationship wit...

SoundCloud’s Emerging Artist Campaign Extended to Germany, U.K.

As of Tuesday (June 19), SoundCloud has extended its First On SoundCloud emerging artist discovery campaign to Germany and the U.K. The European leg of the campaign will focus on the artists Claptone, Jan Blomqvist, Jay Prince, Little Simz, Lotic and Peggy Gou — who all got their start on the streaming platform. The campaign is based in two of SoundCloud’s most prolific cities — Berlin and London — and will focus on the company’s most popular genres: dance/electronic and hip-hop. SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainer said, “We are excited to expand the First on SoundCloud campaign to Europe to celebrate top emerging talent from the U.K. and Germany’s dance/electronic and hip-hop communities, who began their careers on SoundCloud first. Both genres and geographies play an ind...

Black Panther star wins MTV’s best hero award

Abuja – Superhero movie “Black Panther’ made a killing at the MTV Movie & TV Awards winning four trophies. Black Panther,” the predominantly black movie that has taken more than $1.3 billion at the global box-office, won best movie, best villain for Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, and best performance and hero for star Chadwick Boseman. Boseman, who plays the leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, gave his trophy to a man with no Hollywood connections on Monday. “An award for best hero is amazing but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes we have in real life,” said Boseman. He brought on stage James Shaw Jr., a 29-year-old electrician who overpowered a gunman who killed four people at a Waffle House outlet in Nashville in April to save the lives o...

World Cup: Agu-Ejidike tasks Super Eagles to up their game against Iceland

Lagos – With the unimpressive performance of Super Eagles in their opening match at Russia 2018 World Cup, Donatus Agu-Ejidike, the Nigerian Pillar of Sports, has urged the players to up their game. Nigeria’s defender Brian Idowu (C) plays the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Croatia and Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO Agu-Ejidike on Tuesday said that the Super Eagles should play a more compatible style against Iceland on June 22. “The Super Eagles should raise their game and play a more compatible style if they want to brighten their chances. Many fans were not happy about the opening match. “The Super Eagles displayed more of individual skills than playing a team game. Igalo, Moses, I...

Anglican communion lists hindrances to Nigeria’s unity

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu NNEWI—THE Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Diocese on the Niger, has enumerated some of the hindrances towards building and organizing Nigeria into one unified people, with one heart and purpose, as geo-political identity, faulty political legacies, absence of commonly shared values and vision. Nigeria It also said other problems that constitute  major hurdle to building a united and progressive nation, anchored on shared values, single-handed vision and clearly articulated purpose that is acceptable by all, included poor performance of leaders, their ineptitude and grand impunity, widespread insecurity and biting poverty. Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev Dr. Owen Nwokolo, disclosed this in an address he presented in Alor, in Idemili South Local Go...

NERC moves against court injunction, grants 9.5mw licence to Ariaria Market

By Prince Okafor NIGERIAN Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has granted a 9.5 megawatts embedded electricity generation licence to Ariaria Market Independent Power Plant Limited and an Independent Electricity Distribution Licence to distribute same within Ariaria Market to Ariaria Independent Energy Distribution Network Limited electricity This is coming against the pending court injunction which was granted by a Federal High Court of Nigeria, Umuahia Judicial Division on the 24th of May, 2018, to maintain the status quo. Trial   Judge in the matter is D.E. Osiagor. According to a statement made available to Vanguard by NERC’s Head, Media Unit, Vivian Mbonu, “The licences  issued in line with Section 71(6) of the Electric Power Sector Reform, EPSR, Act 2005 were...

Anambra govt boosts agriculture with N4.1bn

By Nwabueze Okonkwo ONITSHA—ANAMBRA State government has doled out a whooping sum of N3.8 billion for agricultural development in the state, with effect from this year’s farming season. Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State Out of this amount, N1.5 billion would be invested in land development; N2 billion channeled towards the provision of infrastructure; and N600 million for the procurement of agronomical input   and machineries. Governor Willie Obiano who disclosed this at the weekend at the Central School Field, Atani, the headquarters  of   Ogbaru  Local Government Area of the state, while performing the official flag-off of this year’s 2018 farming season, explained that he allocated such a huge sum of money to the agricultural sector because when he looked at the t...

Deeper issues of June 12 unresolved — Kukah

By Cynthia Alo The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has insisted that issues of June 12, 1993 presidential election remain unresolved, even as he declared that “corruption has become so bad that it is in every area of our national life.” Bishop Matthew Kukah Speaking at the formal launch of New Narrative newspaper in Lagos, he said: “Democracy is a free exchange of ideas and requires patience,” noting that the deeper issues of June 12 had remained unresolved. He said the issues concern the content and structure of the system “we are running as a country. We are refusing to deal with the difficult questions of how countries are formed and developed. “Contrary to what has become popular, diversity is an asset. But the critical question is how we manage it....

Igbo group wants FG to declare herdsmen terrorists

By Chinedu Adonu ENUGU—AN Igbo interest group, Voice from the East, VEAST, has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, to declare   herdsmen as terrorists because of the dastardly way they have been wasting human lives and property in Nigeria. Herdsmen The group  which made  the call in a release made available to pressmen in Enugu, also called on the Federal Government to proscribe Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who breed the animals. According to the convener of VEAST, Comrade Kindness Jonah who signed the release, Justice Matthew Kolawoke of the Federal High Court, Abuja, should on June 21, declare herdsmen as well as the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, as terrorists following a suit filed by a Makurdi-based lawyer, Matthew Nyiutsa before the court. The group maintained...