Saturday, 31 August 2013

NEWS IN BRIEF: PDP Heading for Implosion, Organizes Parallel Convention in Abuja, Baraje and Oyinlola Emerge Factional National Officials

PDP National Secretariat as at yesterday
By Sunday ITODO

Information reaching us from the PDP Special Convention holding at the Eagle square Abuja shows that the ruling party may be heading for implosion.

Aside the free for all fight between the Andy Uba’s loyalists and those of Nwike at the appearance of the former to the venue, report also indicates that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar also walked out of the convention with 8 Governors in an apparent show of dissatisfaction over the level of preparations and the politicking surrounding the convention.

According to DayBreak Editorial crew covering the event, “Atiku left the Eagles Square venue alongside Governors of Rivers, Kwara,

DAYBREAK PLATFORM: Neither PDP nor APC can take Nigerians to the promised land -Jaye Gaskia

Jaye Gaskiya
By Sunday ITODO and Owoicho OCHE 

Not many people may be familiar with the name Jaye Gaskia outside the shores of civil society organisations in the country. But as far as campaigns for the emancipation of the masses are concerned, he is a force to be reckoned with. He has played very vital roles in the organisation and re-organisation of the bodies resulting in the formation of the coalition, United Action for Democracy (UAD) that was actively involved in the botched January 2012 protest against the removal of oil subsidy. He is rhetorical about that protest which he dubbed as ‘‘the ‘Peoples Uprising’ that would have ushered in a new order in the country”. And just as progressive elements are jubilating in the country over the formation and subsequent registration of the opposition merger party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Jaye Gaskiya calls for caution on the part of social activists eager to join the bandwagon, saying neither the merger party nor the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has the capacity to usher in the new order. In this exclusive interview with Sunday ITODO and Owoicho OCHE of our editorial desk, he reminisces his involvement in civil society activities against military dictatorships over the years resulting in the birth of the present republic, the rise of monumental corruption in the new dispensation and the need for an alternative platform to be formed by ‘the people themselves’ to free them from the shackles of bad governance. EXCERPS:

Friday, 30 August 2013

SPORTS UPDATE: Briefs About Samuel Eto'o Fils

By Ojay Matthew

Etoo displaying his new Chelsea Jessy
1981: Samuel Eto'o Fils was born on March 10th in Douala, Cameroon.

1997: Makes his international debut for Cameroon in a 5-0 friendly loss to Costa Rica. Signs contract with Real Madrid, but is loaned out to Leganes.

June 1998: Included in Cameroon's World Cup squad aged 17 years and three months. Becomes the youngest player to feature at France 98, during a 3-0 group-stage loss to Italy.

July 1998: Loaned by Madrid to Real Mallorca.

 February 2000: Wins African Nations Cup as Cameroon beat Nigeria in a penalty shoot-out.

July - Makes move to Mallorca permanent.

September - Scores from open play and adds a penalty in the shoot-out of the 2000 Olympic Games final as Cameroon beat Spain to take the gold medal.

2002: Helps Cameroon lift the African Nations Cup for a fourth time after penalty shoot-out win against Senegal.

May 2003: Scores two late goals in the Copa del Rey final to help Mallorca beat Recreativo de Huelva.

 July 2004: Signs for Barcelona for around £21million.

 May 2005: Scores 25 goals in 37 league appearances to help Barcelona win Primera Division.

December - Finishes third in FIFA World Player of the Year voting.

May 2006: Collects another Primera Division title and finishes as league's top scorer with 26 goals. Scores  equaliser as Barcelona come from goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 in Champions League final in Paris.

February 2007: Refuses to come on as substitute for Barcelona in a league match against Racing Santander.

October - Receives Spanish citizenship.

May 2009: Helps Barcelona achieve league, cup and Champions League treble. Scores 30 league goals and nets as Barcelona defeat Manchester United 2-0 in Rome to land their European title.

July 27 - Signs five-year deal with Inter Milan, as part of exchange move involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

 March 17th 2010: Scores as Inter win 1-0 at Chelsea to complete aggregate 3-1 success in Champions League second round.

May - Helps Inter win the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia - for Eto'o a second successive treble-winning season.

 May 2011: Ends the season with 37 goals for Inter, but the club miss out on Champions League and Serie A silverware. Inter retain Coppa Italia as Eto'o scores twice in 3-1 win over Palermo in the final.

August - Joins big-spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, reputedly on a world-record salary for a footballer
worth an annual £17million after tax.

August 29th 2013: After Anzhi rein in their spending, Eto'o is allowed to join Chelsea on a one-year contract.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Guber Polls: Tension in Anambra as APGA Disqualifies Soludo Five Others

Charles Soludo
The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Screening Committee on Friday disqualified the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo and five other governorship aspirants on the party’s platform for the November 16th Governorship elections in Anambra State.

According to a statement signed by the Chairman of the Gubernatorial Screening panel, Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi, Secretary, Bar. Ifeanyi Mbaeri and a member, Chief Onwuka Ukwa, said at the conclusion of the panel’s sitting yesterday, the six aspirant’s failed to scale through the test.

The six aspirants that failed the screening include, Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony Nnaechetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, Immediate past Secretary to Anambra State Government Oseloka Obaze and Prof. Soludo.

The panel however said that seven aspirants were successful.

(Source: Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

INEC Registers Two New Parties; Including That Of Atiku’s ‘Associates’

INEC Chairman
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday said that it has registered two new political parties in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended).

In a press statement signed by the secretary of the commission, Mrs. A. C. Ogakwu, INEC gave the names of the two parties as

FROM THE GRASSROOT - Benue State: Hon. James Obonyilo Organizes Forum

Obonyilo, Supervisory Councilor for Works & Housing
It was at the Ipole Otukpa’s secretariat of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ai-Oodo ward II, where the Member of Ogbadibo Executive Council and the Supervisory Councilor for Works and Housing, Hon. James Obonyilo organized a social function for all the stakeholders in Ai-Oodo wards I and II on 27th July 2013.

The forum was indeed a gathering of the cream la cream in Ogbadibo politics from both state and local government levels. The function also witnessed

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Vacancy at "AdaMark Foundation for Girls"

Gender Sensitivity training for secondary school teachers
 Call for Expression of Interest as Peer Facilitators

The AdaMark Foundation for Girls with support from The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Nigeria is implementing a 6 Month HIV Prevention Program Using Minimum Prevention Package Intervention (MPPI) and Prevention Intervention Tracking Tool (PITT) to scale up efforts in reducing HIV/AIDS transmission and reduce national prevalence in Otukpo LGA of Benue State.

The foundation is therefore requesting for expression of interest from youths resident within Otukpo metropolis and environs to serve as peer facilitators. This position is on a voluntary basis and so is not remunerated.

Interested individuals must possess the following requirements
• A minimum of National Diploma or NCE from a recognized institution.
• Effective communication skills.
• Age: 22 – 35 years.
* Evidence of experience in Project Monitoring and Evaluation.

All applications letters must be submitted via e-mail with referee’s telephone numbers and other contact details to not later than close of work on Tuesday, 20th August 2013.
Please include in the letter the motivation for your interest.

Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted.


SPORTS: Results of International Friendlies Played Across the Globe Yesterday, Wednesday 14th August, 2013.

The Eagles celebrate
By Ojay Matthew

England 3:2 Scotland
Wales 0:0 Rep Ireland
Italy 1: 2 Argentina
Germany 3:3 Paraguay
Belgium 0:0 France
Portugal 1:1 Netherlands
Ecuador 0:2 Spain
Austria 0:2 Greece
Bosnia 3:4 USA
Belarus 1:1 Montenegro
South African and Nigerian Fans United
Colombia 1:0 Serbia                                  
Finland 2:0 Slovenia
Hungary 1:1Czech Rep
Macedonia 2:0 Bulgaria
Poland 3:2 Denmark
Sweden 4 : 2 Norway
Switzerland 1: 0 Brazil
.S Africa 0:2 Nigeria
Turkey2 : 2Ghana

Ukraine 2: 0 Israel

SPORTS UPDATE: Transfer Stories

Luiz of Liverpool
By Ojay Matthew

Mourinho: Luiz not for sale

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted the club will not sell star defender David Luiz for any price.
The versatile Brazil international has been linked with a big-money move to Barcelona but Mourinho is adamant the  26-year-old will not be leaving Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, who returned to the London club for a second spell this summer, told BT Sport: "No chance he is going to  leave. He is a player we want to keep.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Jesus Life Bible Church Abuja holds a 2-day Youth Conference

Eagles Beat their Host in South Africa

Uche Nwanfor celebrating his goal
By Ojay Matthew

Uche Nwafor came off the bench to score a brace as Nigeria defeated South Africa 2-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.

Both sides had a number of chances but the Super eagles proved to be stronger in the second half after making telling changes with the Nwafor, Victor Moses and Ahmed Musa coming at the break to reinforce the attack. The match got off to a slow start but in the 11th minute Itumeleng Khune was forced to come out of his line to intercept a long pass that was destined for Nnamdi Oduamadi, while Tshepo Masilela fired wide at the other end three minutes later.
Bernard Parker then managed to get behind the defence on the left in the 24th minute, but...

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

It's another baby boy for Chris Morgan

 Apa Update, (our sister News Magazine) just learnt that Eunice Morgan, wife of ace gospel sensation and Arabaribiti crooner, Chris Morgan just delivered a bouncing baby boy early this morning. 

We exclusively gathered that the mother and the new baby are in good condition. A statement from the publicist reads, "Join us in appreciating the Most High God for blessing the family of Chris Morgan with another child." 

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Words On Marble

''So long as the views of the people are not respected and acted upon, and so long as the impunity comes, and the rich are getting richer through corrupt enrichment while the poor are getting poorer because of the actions of the ruling class and their collaborators, I shall not be tired and shall continue to be indulged in the struggle!''

- Jaye Gaskia, Social Activist, Civil Society Campaigner and National Convener, United Action for Democracy (UAD) in an exclusive interview with DayBreak Newspaper in his Abuja office.

Get the details in the next week edition of DayBreak Newspaper.

Presidency: Northern Christians should wait till 2019 – General Onoja

Gen. Onoja
President of the alumni association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, General Lawrence Onoja, has told Northern Christians to shelve the issue of a Christian presidential candidate until 2019.

Onoja was responding to reports which claimed that former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma and others prefer a Northern Christian candidate for 2015 presidency.

4 Die In Ghastly Accident In Lagos

This ghastly motor accident involving a fully loaded commuter bus happened some minutes ago along Ikorodu road on the bridge descending National Stadium Lagos. At least 4 lives were lost in the accident, some of them were burnt beyond recognition, among them was a mother and her baby. 

Details shortly. 

(Nigerian Civil Right Movement).

Oju LG Hosts International Youth Day

International Youth Day is on Monday 12th of August, 2013.

The UN will be celebrating it under the theme: 'Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.'.

Youths in Oju LGC of Benue State will be marking it in a special way in reflection of the day. All youths in and around OJU are urged to avail themselves for this event as issues critical on youths and our environment shall be high-lighted.

Venue: NUT Hall OJU LGC
Time: 12pm Prompt
Date: Monday 12 of August, 2013

Announcer: Agana Overcomer

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Otukpa Forum Abuja visits DayBreak Office

 Details of their visit in our next week edition.

(L-R: The PRO, Otukpa Forum Abuja, Mr. Tony Ogwuche; The President, Engr. Dr. Ben Agada and Mr. Benedict Owoicho Akor, during their courtesy visit to DayBreak Newspaper's Corporate Headquarters in Abuja on Friday).

Arsenal faces Fener

By Ojay Matthew

Arsenal have been drawn to face Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Champions League play-offs.

Fenerbahce are awaiting a final ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over whether they will be allowed to go into the competition proper this season, having been banned from competing in Europe by UEFA for match-fixing in domestic competition.

They have challenged that ruling and a CAS verdict is due before the group stage draw is made, but home and away matches against Arsenal stand to go ahead before that decision arrives.

UEFA says no decision has yet been made regarding what would happen in the event of Fenerbahce winning the tie and losing their CAS appeal.

Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish Super League last season, while Arsenal took fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.

Arsenal was beaten by a Turkish club Galatasaray 1-2 recently at their home during the Emirate cup.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Editorial Team of DayBreak Newspaper

Meet the editorial crew who are working tirelessly to give you crude reports from the grassroots across the country. As promised, the first edition of DayBreak Newspaper comes out next week. Make sure you grab a copy, it goes for N200 only.

Special Editorial Adviser:       EBO Olotu

Acting Editor-in-Chief:    -       Luke Akor
Managing Editor:              -        Sunday Itodo
Associate Editor:               -        Godwin Ameh
Sports Editor:                     -        Ojay Matthew
Photo Editor:                      -        Sunday Amonye
Arts Editor (Cartoons):    -      Ekanem Moses Udofia
Marketing Executives:    -        Patience John (Abuja), 
                                                           Vera Omale (Makurdi),  
                                                           Jerry Ocheme (Otukpo)
                                                           Adaeze Linda Eze (Ugbokolo)
Guest Columnists:      -              James Uloko, Adoka Adaji, Lewis Akpogena, Jaye Gaskia,
                                                           Abbati Bako, Jaye Gaskia.
Senior Staff Writer:          -       Michael Maddoxman Okwori
Reporter/Researchers:  -        Samsenses Odoba, Stanley Uzoma Chinkata,
                                                           Sam Ogenyi
Reporters/Correspondents:  Dan Atayi Edache (Otukpo), Caleb Abah (Abuja),
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APC Fan Club reacts to the statement credited to Gen. Buhari

"As the supporters of APC, we urge our party elders to desist from making statements that will be wrongly interpreted by our opposition. Party (PDP)

APC currently is the largest Mega Party in Africa, we must begin to formulate our ideology and develop a blueprint to sell to the Nigerian masses rather than engage in frivolous arguments with those who brought so much pains to our generation". -APC Fan Club.

I will Never Step down For Anyone -Buhari.

Gen. Buhari
**nobody can stop the former head of state from testing his popularity at APC’s primary. - former CPC spokesman.
**Let me tell you, come 2015, General Buhari will participate at the APC presidential primary and nobody can stop him.

The Northern group of the newly registered political party, the All progressive Congress (APC), party is seriously considering a younger but popular Northern politician to fly its presidential flag, but one of the founding leaders of APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), has said that he would not step down for any body.

Still on 'development in Idomaland'

Otukpo Rice Mill

This is Otukpo Rice Mill. In the 60s, it was adjudged the largest rice mill in the whole West Africa. Ironically, it is now about the worst in Nigeria in terms of infrastructure. Even at its dilapidated state, Otukpo Rice Mill is still functional. There are people inside this building milling and processing local rice which is believed to have more nutrients than the foreign rice.

In your own opinion, what do you think can be done to resuscitate this industry in Idomaland?  Constructive comments shall be published on DayBreak Newspaper. Such comments should carry the full names of the contributors and should not be more than 100 words.

President Jonathan breaks fast as Ramadan ends

JONATHANNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has embraced aspects of Islam though a practising Christian.

In demonstration of this, the Nigerian leader this morning joined millions of the country’s Muslims in breaking their fast as the curtain was drawn on Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

Photos released this morning by presidential spokesman Reuben Abati show Dr. Jonathan decked in a typical Islamic garb and seated at the breakfast table at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. One of the photos shows the President warmly welcoming diplomatic guests to the breakfast while another shows him reclining at the table, with a female guest to his left and a male guest to his right, and a third shows him making a speech apparently to welcome all guests to the feast.

From the photos, the 28 days fast appears to have taken a toll on President Jonathan, as he looks slimmer and a bit famished. Going by the fruits set in front of him, it is obvious that the Nigerian leader likes apple, banana and vine. 

A zoologist (he has a doctorate degree in the discipline), the 55-year-old Jonathan was a university teacher before entering politics 12 years ago, rising rapidly through the ranks to become leader of Africa’s most populous country in 2010.

Culled from: Osun Defender.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Governor Wada Grants N175m Scholarship To Kogi Indigent Students

Kogi state governor, Capt. Idris Wada has approved disbursement of the sum of N175, 416,000 as scholarship to over 46,336 students in 109 institutions across the country.

Governor Wada who disclosed this while receiving the chairman Kogi state scholarship board, Dr. Rekiya Momoh-Abaji and other members of the board stated that it is to boost the morale of Kogi state indigenes in all the tertiary institutions.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


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Monday, 5 August 2013

Siamese Twin Delivered In Otukpo

“There has never been any trace of this unfortunate and mysterious incident in either my family or my wife’s lineage. I have only read or seen it happening in the western world as reported in newspapers and televisions, but never imagined it coming to my domain…”

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Organisers return Miss Idoma's car, go on humanitarian tour with the Queen.

Miss Idoma
Free Image Entertainment, organizers of Miss Idoma beauty pageant has finally returned the car of Miss Idoma, Ehi Ejeh.

It would recalled that FIE last month seized the Queen’s 2012 model Kia Picanto over alleged insubordination and disloyalty.

Confirming the news to our correspondent in Otukpo, visibly elated Miss Ehi said she got her car back intact.

“Yes’ it’s true, I have received back my car, thank you” she said.

When contacted, head-honcho of Free Image, Janet Odoh confirmed that the suspension has also been lifted.

Her words, “Yes, it’s true, we were also with the beauty Queen today (Sunday) as  she visited Orphanage homes, prison yards and the General Hospital, Otukpo as part of her birthday celebration alongside other queens such as, Miss Nollywood, Miss Tourism and host of others.

We promise to bring you pictures from the outing in our subsequent bulletins.

Miss Ehi added another year on July 31.

Al-Mustapha storms Makurdi, visits Paul Unongo.

Al-Mustapha and Ihagh

Former Chief Security Officer, CSO to late General Sanni Abacha, Major Hamzat Al Mustapha stormed Makurdi, Benue State capital yesterday in the company of his supporters, including the son of the late head of state, Mohammed Abacha.

Decked in cream safari brocade with cap to match, he drove in a convoy into the waiting hands of his host, retired Prison Controller, Mr Iorbee Ihagh around 1.45pm few meters away to the toll gate in Makurdi.

Mr. Ihagh who spoke to newsmen said that the visit of the former CSO was a thank you visit to the people of the state for saving his life while in Kirikiri prison.

Ihagh told newsmen that his friendship with Al Mustapha started while holding sway as the deputy controller of prison in charge of Kirikiri, explaining that the former CSO was to be arrested for planning coup but he (Ihagh) refused to release him to the military men who came for him.

Al-Mustapha waves to the crowd
“Our relationship started when I was in charge of Kirikiri prison where Al Mustapha was detained and some military men came for him to be handed over to them without protocol, they could not produce reproduction warrant and I declined releasing him to them.

“This however earned me an arrest and I was detained for almost two years in Lagos cantonment. I was released then promoted controller general but thereafter I was retired from service,” he said.

NUJ begins 7 days mourning for Colleagues

The Accident Scene

The Nigerian Union of Journalists has declared a seven-day mourning period for the death of three of its members, who died in a road accident while returning from Abuja on Friday.

National President, NUJ, Mr. Mohammed Garba, who addressed a news conference in Osogbo, on Saturday, directed that condolence registers be opened in all chapels, state and national secretariats of the union in honour of the departed.