The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, tagged "Asaba 2018" has reacted to media report that a head tank at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta state collapsed during the ongoing event. The media department of the LOC on Friday says the "report on some news platform about a falling fence near the swimming pool area at the Stephen Keshi Stadium was sensational". According to Olukayode Thomas, the Head of Media and Publicity for the CAA Asaba 2018, who signed a statement in reaction to the story, faulted the way the incidence was reported, saying it gives a wrong perception of what actually happened. “It is unfortunate to see journalists deliberately chose not to be professional in their work. The area in question is far away
One thing that the Netherlands-based activist-turned-politician, Comrade Sunny Ofehe, in relations with his governorship ambition has strongly canvassed for is that the All Progressive Congress (APC) should allow a level playing field for all of its aspirants. Ofehe, an Isoko Chief from Iyede Kingdom, had over time expressed his unshaken position that APC should not tow the path of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that's relying on the gentlemanly zoning/rotation agreement between the three Senatorial District (3SDs) that make up the state. The agreement, they claimed brought former governor, Chief James Ibori who contested against Chief Moses Kragha of All Peoples Party (APP), an Urhobo to power in 1999. After beating Prof. Sam Oyovbarie, who was advised to tag along in the new
As politicians realign ahead of the 2019 general elections, feelers reaching THEWILL barring any last minute changes, indicate that Senator Godswill Akpabio, a stalwart of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Senate Minority Leader will defect from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Also on the list of likely defectors from the PDP to the APC are Governors –Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi). Two senior members of the government with knowledge of the development, who asked to remain anonymous, told THEWILL that talks have been ongoing to receive the defectors into the APC, which recently lost three governors – Sokoto, Kwara and Benue – as well as at least 36 members of the House of Representatives
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has ordered an investigation into the remote and immediate cause of the collapse of a water tank at Stephen Keshi Stadium during the ongoing African Senior Athletics Championships holding in Asaba, the state capital. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Charles Aniagwu, says the Governor has directed a panel of inquiry to investigate the circumstances leading to the collapse of the tank behind the main bowl of the stadium. The governor, the statement said described the incident as regrettable and thanked God that no life was lost. He expressed concern that the water tank collapsed during the competition, saying the circumstances surrounding the collapse would be unravaled. Governor Okowa also emphasised that discilp...
A giant water tank at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta state has collapsed during the ongoing 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, tagged "Asaba 2018". The facility which collapsed left several vehicles and wall fence damaged. The incident, BigPen Online learnt caused panic among the athletes and spectators as the game was going on. Senior Delta Government officials were busy at the stadium when the incident happened, but an eyewitness said no one was injured in the collapse. An official of the State Sports Commission, Asaba, who craved anonymity confirmed the incident saying it could be a fallout of shoddy job at the stadium to meet the August target. "All construction carried out in the stadium were done in a hurry so it could be a result of the rush wor...
Whoever gave Asaba the rights to host this year’s Africa Athletics Championships must see a doctor. Organisers at the Delta State city have conjured up an excellent manual of how not to host an international competition by throwing into motion a horrendous protocol and hospitality programme for arriving athletes, officials and media. Scenes of hundreds of athletes stranded at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, awaiting special charters to Asaba, some 500 kilometres away, have been the worst ever advertisement for African athletics. Clearly, despite having the resources, Asaba wasn’t ready for these championships, with freshly laid tarmac at the Asaba Airport, construction trucks, graders with engines still hot coupled with fresh paint on Asaba city pavements
The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar has denied reports that he has defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Abubakar's denial followed widespread report in the social media that he had dumped the APC for PDP. The deputy governor spoke in a statement Wednesday night signed by Abdulwahab Said Ahmad. The statement read in full: "The attention of the office of His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar MFR. Dsc. has been drawn to a story circulating in the social media to the effect that H.E. has defected from APC to PDP. It is important to inform all H.E.'s supporters, well-wishers, Associates and the General Public that such a very important decision is not taken on
The National Working Committee (NWC), of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the appointment of Mr Yekini Nabena as Acting National Publicity of the party. The appointment followed the resignation of the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi who recently defected to the PDP. In a letter of appointment signed by the National Secretary of the APC, Hon.Mai Mala Buni, addressed to Yekini Nabena, it said: “ I write to convey the resolution of the National Working Committee reached at its 34th Regular Meeting of 1st August, 2018, mandating you to resume duty as the Acting National Publicity Secretary with immediate effect. “This development is sequel to the resignation from the party by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi as the National Publicity Secreta
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cancelled the state congress earlier conducted in the Cross River State. The party's NWC says the conduct of the state congress was not in conformity with the party’s guideline and constitution. The NWC however upheld the conduct of the ward and Local Government Area Congresses in the state which was observed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In resolution signed by the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the National Secretary, Hon.Mai Mala Buni, shortly after a meeting of the NWC yesterday it said: “ the National Working Committee at its meeting of 1st August, 2018 has reviewed the conduct of the congresses in Cross River State. “Consequently, the
Indications emerged, on Tuesday, that all might not be well with the Delta State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as notable chieftains of the party shunned the stakeholders’ meeting called by the State Executive Committee, in Asaba. A former governor of the state, James Ibori, who is regarded as the godfather of Delta politics was conspicuously absent from the meeting held outside the expansive state secretariat of the party but within the confines of the Government House, in Asaba. Daily Sun reports that Ibori’s successor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who is reportedly seriously considering a defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in pursuant of his senatorial ambition, was not also at the meeting. This was even as the two senators on the party’s platform a