2019: Politicians Launch New Party, Submit Application To INEC

Politicians across the six geopolitical zones took a leap on Monday night in Abuja, by holding the inaugural meeting of a new political party known as the Action Democratic Party (ADP), saying that the association had applied for registration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It is uncertain if this new party has any relationship with the alliance being contemplated by the faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, which currently controls 11 states in the country, and some prominent members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to form a new mega party, however, the PDP had made it clear recently that it has no intention of changing its name, even with an alliance.

The meeting of the proposed ADP, which was chaired by a prominent politician from the North-central zone, Mr. Yagbagi Sani, briefed members of the progress made so far in the registration of the party and what needed to be done to complete the registration process.

During the meeting held at the interim secretariat of the planned party in Asokoro, Abuja, which was graced by members – many of them, former members of the PDP, APC and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) – from all the geo-political zones of the country, the new party also adopted the political association’s name, ADP, and a logo depicting a hand holding a book.

While welcoming members to the maiden meeting, Sani said that some prominent politicians (many of them do not want their names to be mentioned for now) decided to embark on the current journey to save the country from the impending political anarchy.

He informed his audience: “Ladies and gentlemen, I have no doubt in my mind that we are all politically conscious citizens—desirous of a better country for ourselves and our people; hence we wasted no time in answering the call to be part of a movement that is meant to achieve only that.

“The political space in Nigeria at the moment can best be described as chaotic; this is for want of a better adjective. Wherever one looks, there is an overwhelming sense of despondency among the people.

“All over the news and opinion columns, citizens of Nigeria are yearning for a new political direction and hope in the present political manifestations.

“The reasons are not too far-fetched; take a look at any of the prominent political parties and you would find that they are already in disarray or on the brink of breakups.
“They are all neck deep in one form of crisis or the other. It is either they are battling a leadership crisis, a credibility crisis, or both. This is in addition to pervasive issues of mutual distrust and loyalty.”

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Kanye West & Adidas To Launch Yeezy Retail Store!

Remember when Kanye West went on a Twitter rant about him being broke and even tweeted: “Perhaps Adidas will do some big Lebron style deal or …”

Welp, he definitely spoke it into existence because Adidas did him one better!

Adidas announced that they have expanded their partnership with Kanye West, and they’re doing it in a major way y’all!

In addition to the Yeezy Boosts he’s already created with Adidas, they will have more products for men and women, including athletic wear!

Eric Liedtke, Adidas CMO said, “Kanye is a true creator who has the ability to see things others don’t,” he continued, “With Adidas and Kanye West, we are exploring new territories by opening up the sports world to Kanye’s creativity.”

Here’s the kicker though! This expanded partnership includes launching some actual Yeezy retail stores!

It’s safe to say that Kanye won’t be talking about being broke after this and we are totally here for it!

Adidas partnership with Kanye is actually the biggest partnership Adidas has ever launched with a non-athlete.



Kanye West’s Yeezy S4 Launch Soiled As Models Fall On Runway (WATCH)

Kanye West left onlookers unimpressed with the launch of his Yeezy season four collection. The Fade rapper debuted his latest clothing collection on Roosevelt Island, New York on 7 September but the New York Fashion Week show descended into chaos before it even began.

The show, which took place in the gardens of an abandoned hospital, had been due to start at 3pm but guests were reportedly kept waiting for about two hours.

Guests, models and others involved in the launch had been told to meet at 1.30pm to take buses to the location but the lengthy delay meant they were waiting for a total of four hours. It is said that those on the coaches suffered boredom with the lack of entertainment and even food or water.

With the focus firmly on West’s new pieces, it probably wasn’t the best idea to design shoes which the models couldn’t walk in. Footage taken by guests shows various models stumbling, wobbling, falling over and ultimately throwing the heels off their feet as they struggled to strut down the catwalk. On one model, it looked as though the heels on a pair of thigh-high black boots had bent and collapsed while other muses seemed to walk extremely slow for fear of suffering the same fate.

Matters were only made worse by the scorching heat. Models were seen sitting at times to cool themselves down in the delay while there were several reports of the runway queens fainting. One guest tweeted alongside a photo: “A model needed water. The poor models. This is cruelty,” while another post read: “Model passed out in the heat is given water by man in the audience but no one on the #YeezySeason4 team helps.”


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Japan Warns Over Pokemon Go Pitfalls Ahead Of Launch

Japan isn’t taking any chances when it comes to the safety of impatient fans awaiting the release of Pokemon Go in the country where the cutesy monsters were born.

Tokyo has issued a nine-point safety guide warning of dangers gamers could face, including heat stroke, online scams and dubious strangers.

Japan’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) has also advised fans to download a weather app so Pokemon hunts don’t land them — improbably — in the path of a tsunami or climate-related dangers.

Heat stroke is a constant worry this time of year so players should wear a hat, the guide advises, adding that parents should snap pictures of Pokemon-hunting kids for rescuers in case their young ones get lost.

“Dangerous places” should be avoided at all costs, and gamers should never meet up with someone who contacts them online because they could be a real-life monster, it cautions.

A caption featuring a pair of cartoon Wild West cowboys warns about robberies and other troubles that players elsewhere have recounted.

“There have been reports that players have gotten run over, fallen into water, gotten bitten by a snake or robbed,” it added.

The list is the latest in a slew of warnings issued worldwide since the hugely popular smartphone app was launched two weeks ago.

It has already been blamed for a wave of crimes, traffic violations and complaints in cities around the globe.

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Farmers, Herders Clash: Military To Launch Operation Accord

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Gabriel Olonisakin has said the armed force is preparing to launch Operation Accord to tackle the menace occasioned by armed bandits  in the recent spate of farmers and cattle herders clashes across  the country.
He make this known on Friday in Abuja when he received t?he acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris at the Defence Headquarters( DHQ).
General Olonisakin said already a committee set up by the DHQ has visited some flash points of recent clashes ?in the country to access the situation.
He said already  troops are being trained with the competence to operate in all terrains.? Adding that the military and police must collaborate to ensure security in the country.
Earlier in his remarks, acting IGP Ibrahim Idris said the military and the police must collaborate further to stay ahead of security challenges in the country.
He asked for assistance in the training of the Nigeria police marine unit to enhance security operations in the Niger Delta region.
He also noted that the police has taken over the responsibility of providing security in nine  local government areas in the north eastern part of the country.
He explained that the police has been briefed to take over 19 local government areas but only 9 has been taken over, hinting that  the delay in deployment to the other ten may be due to military exigencies.
He also called for improved synergy between military and police joint operation at state commands, where he proposed a joint operations command to coordinate all security operations in the states.
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Nigeria Police Launch Forensic Lab In Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force has set up a forensic laboratory and digital resource center in Abuja to aid the activities of its criminal Intelligence and investigation department.

The facility, which include technologies for identification of crime suspects through features like the Iris and facial recognition, possible identification marks, multiple and extended finger prints, among others, are aimed at hunting down hoodlums, armed robbers, kidnappers, and their likes in the society.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, said the establishment of the centre would help the Force tackle the challenge of identity conflict and denial of evidence by suspects in courts of law.

“With this equipments we hope to put in the past instances where suspected culprits deny that statements or evidences they gave during interrogation do not belong to them,” said Mr. Arase.

He added that the facilities, which will compliment the efforts of the forensic department in Lagos, will also make it possible for the force to meet the presidential directive that all data capturing government agencies should harmonize personal information captured before the end of 2016.

“Unfortunately, the Nigeria Police Force has over the years been grappling with week forensic capacity which has been a major factor in our inability to manage complex criminal situations.

“With this systems, the Nigerian police is set to meet the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to capture and remit to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, all the biometrics of suspected persons arrested by the police.

“It will also put the police in a position to key into the presidential directives that all data capturing government agencies should harmonize and integrate personal identities captured by such agencies, on or before the end of 2016”, Mr. Arase said.

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Abuja-Kaduna Train For Launch May– Amaechi

The minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Abuja-Kaduna rail project is 100 per cent completed and will be launched in May.

Mr. Amaechi announced this at Idu, Abuja, on Thursday, while inspecting the project along with the contractors, China Civil Engineering Construction Company.

According to him, before the launch by President Muhammadu Buhari, the rail would be test-run in March, adding that during that period, passengers will board for free.

“The essence of my tour is to enable us assess whether we are ready for commercial activities and I think we are. I will be travelling from Abuja to Kaduna tomorrow through the rail.

“In March, they should start the test-run of the rail services for free, then the proper commercial activity will start in May, where we expect the president to flag-off the use of coaches,” he said.

He said N150 billion would be used to execute the national rail project, with another N60 billion for the Lagos-Kano standard gauge and yet another N60 billion for the Lagos-Calabar project.


Akpabio’s World Class Hospital Opens 6 Months After Launch

The much talked-about “world-class” Akwa Ibom specialist hospital has finally begun operations, six months after it was hurriedly commissioned by former Governor Godswill Akpabio who left office May 29.

The hospital, initially known as the Akwa Ibom 20th Anniversary Hospital, is now officially called Ibom Specialist Hospital.

The hospital became a subject of controversy in September after Mr. Akpabio, now senate minority leader, travelled to the United Kingdom for medical attention after a car accident, abandoning the multibillion naira facility his administration promoted as being of world class standard.

Mr. Akpabio later said the hospital’s takeoff was delayed because foreign doctors billed to work there had not been cleared by the Nigerian Immigration Service to travel to the country.

He said the hospital would start off with 150 expatriates at once.

Some of the doctors are now in the state, and have been deployed to test run equipment at the facility.

About 25 foreign doctors have so far started work at the hospital while about 125 others were still being expected in the country.

It was unclear how many Nigerian doctors would be employed at the new hospital.

On Wednesday, doctors, mostly Indians, were busy carrying out medical examinations on the people who visited the hospital for treatment.

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The Mugabes Launch New Ice Cream Company Amid National Economic Hardship

Zimbabwe is among the poorest nations on the planet. According to recent statistics from the United Nations’ World Food Programme, 72 percent of the population currently lives below the national poverty line, earning less than U.S. $1.25 a day.

But that’s not enough to deter President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, from launching a new line of ice creams and chocolates.

The lavish president and first lady, who the Guardian wrote in 2012 have “long been accused of milking the country for all its worth,” announced plans to place the products in local grocery stores under the brand name Alpha Omega.

Grace Mugabe introduced Alpha Omega three years ago, after Nestle stopped buying milk from her farm amid the threat of a consumer boycott. Nestle announced in 2009 it would end its relationship with the first lady’s Gushungo Dairy Estate after coming under pressure from human rights activists.

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