APC Lagos primaries, Man United – Your morning briefing

By Mike Ikenwa


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Good morning. Thug of war in APC Lagos primaries, Cameroon is heading into war, Melania Trump is in Africa, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look ahead – Click on any title to read the complete story.


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So far in the APC Lagos primaries, it’s been a show of might, popularity and wealth. Tinubu, once again, is showing every politician at the South West to not take him for granted for any reason, with his candidates domination at the polling units against a seating Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, it’s obvious the Lagos big man is not giving up on his wild of power and money.

Meanwhile, the head of the electoral panel set up by the APC to conduct the governorship primary in Lagos has said no primary was held in the state on Tuesday.

This is despite thousands of party members in Lagos turning up in various wards to vote for their preferred candidate between incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode and challenger Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Mr Sanwo-Olu enjoys the support of majority of the APC leaders in the state including ex-governor Bola Tinubu.

On Tuesday morning, some of Mr Ambode’s supporters cried out they were being disenfranchised from voting amidst reports of thug attacks in some wards.


Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Somewhere in Imo state, another seating governor is having a tough time getting his people to rally around his chosen successor, his son in-law, actually, and it’s been rough ride so far as the party primaries has been canceled in the state following some not-so-sure results.

The battle for APC governorship ticket in Imo remained one of the most controversial this season. It pits Uche Nwosu, an in-law of incumbent Governor Rochas Okorocha, against Hope Uzodinma, a serving senator; current deputy governor, Eze Madumere; and others.

Bloomgist gathered that during the ‘inconclusive’ exercise held Tuesday, Uche Nwosu was losing with just 10,329 while senator Hope Uzodinma is leading with 423,895 and closely trailed by the deputy governor, Eze Madumere whole polled 128,325 before it was canceled.

The controversies that trailed it appeared to have compelled the party’s national body to cancel whatever transpired and suspend the exercise.


Melania Trump handed out blankets and teddy bears at an open-air clinic at Accra's Ridge Hospital. Photo: BBC

With support from the US Agency for International Development (USAid) Mrs Trump hopes to explore ways to support Ghana in enhancing healthcare for mothers and their newborns.

Her visit is also likely to boost tourism in Ghana, according to Information Minister Kojo Oppong-Nkruma.

But a Bloomberg journalist tweets that local reaction to the US first lady’s visit, however, has been underwhelming.


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“The movement of people between areas in the north-west is banned for a period of 48 hours from Sunday, September 30 until Monday, October 1,” Adolphe Lele Lafrique, governor of the primarily English-speaking region, said.

Similar measures were in force across Cameroon’s other Anglophone areas, officials told AFP.

Gatherings of more than four people are prohibited and bars and shops selling alcohol will be closed, but residents of Cameroon Anglophone regions have largely ignored a curfew imposed in the regions to coincide with the first anniversary of the declaration of an autonomous state called Ambazonia, the BBC’s Randy Joe Sa’ah reports.


The trouble with Nigeria. Photo: BBC.com

If you are looking to find out more about Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state, here are some books by Nigerian authors that can offer you a quick history lesson:

Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

For many millennials, Adiche’s novel was their first exposure to events surrounding the civil war and the campaign for the independent state of Biafra in fiction.

How to be a Nigerian by Peter Enahoro

The title of this book sums it up. Through his words and humour, Enahoro captures the conduct and characteristics of Nigerians in different scenarios.

Head over to the dedicated page for more>

Have a great day!


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