9th Assembly: I Don’t Think APC Has Learnt Its Mistake From 2015, Says Sani


The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Mr Shehu Sani, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not have learnt its lessons from the 2015 incident that saw Senator Bukola Saraki and Honourable Yakubu Dogara emerge as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Sani said that the interest of other APC lawmakers in the leadership positions for the 9th Assembly could result in a repeat of what happened four years ago.

“With what I have seen, there are a lot of statements coming from the APC making positions that they have learnt their mistakes and this time around, they are going to make some corrections and achieve what they want to achieve.

“But in the real sense, I don’t think lessons were learnt from what I can see on the ground. If lessons were learnt, there would be only one candidate from the APC. As long as we have three contenders from the APC, there is a likelihood of a repeat of what happened in 2015,” he stated.

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Sani’s comments come a month after APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said the party will not allow lawmakers of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be appointed as chairmen of committees in the next parliament.

Oshiomhole explained that the party’s decision was to avoid a repeat of 2015, stressing that it had learnt from its mistakes.

Reacting to Oshiomhole’s statement, Sani noted that to be elected Senate President “is a game of numbers.”

Sani who defected to the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) shortly before the 2019 general elections from the ruling party, stated that for the APC’s preferred candidate to win the position, he has to reach out to the opposition lawmakers and strike a deal with them.

Recall that in 2015, the APC had anointed Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate President and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for House Speaker, but that was not to be, as some scheming within the parliament saw to the emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as leaders of the National Assembly.

Bierhoff Admits Mistakes, Apologises Over Ozil’s Affair

Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil reacts at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Germany at the Kazan Arena in Kazan.  Luis Acosta / AFP


Germany technical director Oliver Bierhoff has admitted he made mistakes in the scandal surrounding Mesut Ozil’s international retirement last summer.

“Things panned out badly and I am very sorry about that,” said Bierhoff in an interview published on Wednesday on the website of the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

Ozil retired from international duty after Germany’s World Cup debacle last June, sparking a bitter debate over racism in German football.

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In the build-up to the tournament, the Arsenal midfielder was heavily criticised for appearing in a photograph alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A German of Turkish descent, Ozil’s place in the team was the subject of fierce debate during the tournament, after which he penned an explosive resignation letter accusing the German football federation (DFB) and its president Reinhard Grindel of structural racism.

“To Grindel and his followers, I am a German when we win and a migrant when we lose,” wrote Ozil.

Technical director Bierhoff was widely criticised for giving an interview shortly after the tournament in which he implied that Ozil should have been dropped from the team.

In an interview with this week’s edition of Die Zeit, Bierhoff admitted that he had slipped up.

“A lot of mistakes were made, including by me,” he said.

“In the end, nobody came out of it looking good.”

Bierhoff said he regretted that Ozil had not agreed to a clear-the-air meeting in the wake of his resignation.

He also admitted the decision to leave Manchester City star Leroy Sane out of the World Cup squad had been an error.

“We wanted to make a statement to the players who we had picked, to give them energy and strengthen the cohesion of the group,” he said.

“We perhaps underestimated how much talk would be about the dropped player,” he went on, adding that he and coach Joachim Loew had “misjudged the group dynamic within the squad”.

Bierhoff’s comments come just a week after Grindel, the DFB president whom Ozil had accused of racism, was forced to step down over his acceptance of a luxury watch.

Yet the former AC Milan striker said that he had no intention of entering the running to succeed Grindel as president.

“I have a wonderful and exciting job which I see as a huge challenge,” he said.


Lloris Urges Tottenham To Learn From Mistakes

Tottenham Hotspur’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris reacts during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 29, 2018. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP


Captain Hugo Lloris has warned Tottenham they risk blowing their Premier League and Champions League hopes unless they cut out the errors after a nervy win against Wolves.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side, cruising at 3-0 midway through the second half, weathered a late fightback from the home side to win 3-2 at Molineux on Saturday.

Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane put Spurs in control before league debutant Juan Foyth gave away two spot-kicks, converted by Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez.

Goalkeeper Lloris warned that Spurs had to tighten up after losing leads against Inter Milan and PSV in Europe already this season.

“We need to learn,” he said. “It is not the first time this has happened in the Champions League and in the league that the opponent created chances in the last minutes of the game. It is something we need to improve.

“It is the responsibility of the players. Of course the manager has his expectations and so do the staff and I think they try to give us the main tools and then it is about our emotions, our feelings.

“If we have to play a different way, we have to play a different way. We could have managed the game in another way. At 3-0, you do not have to press. It is about communications, feelings and is more up to the players.”

Lloris is banned for Tuesday’s must-win Champions League visit of PSV while Mousa Dembele is an injury doubt after coming off at Molineux with an ankle problem.

“We have shown in the last few years that Tottenham have a way of playing and we try to respect the plan but I think there are a lot of things to learn,” said Lloris.

“We cannot control everything in the game but we can do better with the ball.”

Newly-promoted Wolves slipped to their third straight defeat despite their late rally.