Akwa United Defeat Nasarawa United 2-0

akwa unitedAkwa United Coach, Zachary Baraje, has expressed his team’s hope of escaping relegation and winning the Federation Cup for the first time in their history this season.

Baraje’s team stopped high-flying Nasarawa United on Friday night in a Nigeria League week 31 game, to boost his team’s survival hopes.

Aniekpeno Udoh put the home team ahead after 36 minutes off a well-taken corner from the left.

It was his seventh league goal of the season.

Adio Yusuf then rifled home an unstoppable free kick from distance in the 71st minute to make the game safe for Akwa United.

Akwa United are now 14th on the table with 37 points from 31 matches and they will battle Lobi Stars in the 2015 Federation Cup final.

Reconcile with Tukur Led PDP or Quit, Northern Group Tells G7

A northern political group, Arewa People’s Patriotic Front (APPFRONT) has given the Baraje breakaway faction of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) the option to either avail themselves for dialogue and genuine reconciliation with the Bamanga Tukur led PDP, leave the party or  seek legal redress in the courts, rather than overheating the polity of the nation.

The group also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint persons with track record of tangible contributions to their local communities as the next crop of ministers and not opportunists who have distanced themselves from happenings in their local communities.

At a news conference in Kaduna, APPFRONT National President, Mordecai Ibrahim condemned the barrage of attacks on the office and the person of President Goodluck Jonathan over his yet to be announced ambition for 2015 by the Baraje group,  adding that majority of those launching the attacks are only out to seek undue relevance.

While it pointed out that they are not in any way campaigning for President Jonathan, the group said it is undemocratic or unconstitutional for the G7 governors to ask the President to drop his 2015 presidential ambition.

“Nigerian voters will decide the President’s fate in 2015 and not  any of the  G7 governors or their supporters,” Ibrahim said.

He added that the purported agreement by President Jonathan to serve only one term as alleged by the G7 governors was to blackmail him.


Police Seal Off Office Of Baraje-Led PDP

Officers of the Nigeria Police on Saturday stormed the office of the Abubakar Baraje led PDP faction and sealed it off, an action the group has described as the “height of impunity.”

A statement issued by the National Secretary of the Baraje-led group, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola said security forces were mobilised to seal off the office, located off Panama Street, Maitama, Abuja, on Saturday based on a non-existent court injunction which the Tukur faction claimed to have obtained on Friday.

“The whole world knows that Justice E. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday refused to grant Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s application for an ex parte injunction against our party’s executive. The Judge asked parties to maintain the status quo. His judgment was a reinforcement of an early order of the Lagos High Court which also asked parties to maintain the status quo. Now, should Nigerians conclude that Tukur’s interpretation of status quo is this crude display of naked power and undisguised impunity?

“We are not at all surprised at this occurrence given the fact that Tukur issued a statement on Friday evening deliberately seeking to mislead the media and the public that Justice Chukwu granted him an injunction against us. We are happy that the ever vigilant Nigerian press ignored him and his falsehood. Now, he is not only willfully disobeying the various courts which have made pronouncements on this matter, he is spicing up his love for impunity with this reckless misuse of state power by misleading the police.”

“We call for an immediate removal of the siege to our secretariat. We call on the Inspector General of police to order the immediate removal of his men from our office. Doing so, we believe, will serve the interest of justice, rule of law and democracy. Nigeria is a country ruled by law and not by might and force.”

“We hasten to say that if this move is aimed at breaking our spirit, that goal is definitely off the mark. We are determined to rescue our party from the lawlessness and crass arrogance that have defined the character of the Tukur leadership since inception. Our party needs that deliverance, its members deserve the change we have brought into it,” the statement said.

The statement wondered why Tukur, who appeared before the party’s elders on Friday ostensibly in search of peace, could, in less than 12 hours later, start another round of acts of impunity.