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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: OndoDecides: Votes Counting Ongoing Across Polling Units in Ondo

Akeredolu speaking on the Ondo election

“We have heard reports about one or two places in which I believe something has to be done urgently. That is, few to do with INEC where card readers are not working. “I think they should deploy people there. I know that they have technical people for each local government and ward. They should be up and doing. “In Oduaye, our Minister of State has to put a call across to me that in his own unit the card reader did not work. “When you get to Idanre, I have heard complaints that the soldiers are not doing well in Idanre and that they are cooperating with the PDP, wanting to rig the election. “We have put a call across to them and had called on the commanding officer to take steps,” he said. On his part, the candidate of the PDP said that many card readers malfunctioned in his constituency.

Jegede urges supporters to stay until votes are counted

After casting his vote, Jegede stayed behind at the polling unit to ensure the votes  are counted. addressing his supporters, he said ” Some have been in the queue for three hours in different parts of the state and they have not been able to vote. INEC should not disenfranchise our voters.”

He said, ” Some have been in the queue for three hours in different parts of the state and they have not been able to vote. INEC should not disenfranchise our voters. “After voting, don’t leave your polling units. I too will not leave until the votes are counted. By the grace of God, I will be victorious.”

Party supporters seen sharing money, others carrying huge sums in bags

Other reports alleged that some party loyalists share N4000 (Four thousand naira) to intending voters to vote in their favour.

Ballot Box, Papers snatched:

Reports from Unit 10 Ward 2, Lokaka Village in Irele Local Government alleges that INEC’s  Ballot box and Ballot Papers and all the electoral materials were snatched, It said the INEC officials who just arrived from the Camp had headed to the Collation Center to file their reports.

Solders, police invade polling units, take sides:

Another report trickling in alleged that some soldiers and men of the police force invaded some polling units, shooting sporadically into the air to scare some voters away.

Party supporter (Chieftain) chased away by voters for trying to buy votes

Meanwhile, a video footage emerged where a party supporter who was alleged to be a chieftain of one of the contending parties allegedly tried to induce votes for his party through manoy payment.

He was however chased away by the voters and subsequently arrested. Also, another video showed an angry voter condemning a party loyalist who also tried to campaign while election was ongoing.

Card Reader rejects Mimiko

Ondo state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko came out to vote at Ward 7, Unit 21, Ondo West LGA. However, the card reader malfunctioned and refused to take his biometrics.

APC candidate, Akeredolu casts vote

The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rotimi Akeredolu cast his vote amid cheers and praise songs from his supporters.

PDP candidate, Jegede casts vote

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the Governorship race in the state, Eyitayo Jegede cast his vote alongside his wife at Ward 7, unit 20, in Ondo West Local Government.

Following the Governorship election that is ongoing in Ondo state, differing reports from the polling units across the state have continued to trickle in. Voting began as early as 8am. Many voters trooped en mass to exercise their franchise and decide who becomes the next Governor of the state. Counting of the votes would soon commence as voting is almost in conclusion stage. 

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but Real Madrid rode their luck to beat Sporting Gijon and go seven points clear at the top of La Liga – for a few hours.

The European champions looked in control when Ronaldo scored twice in the first 18 minutes.

His opener was a penalty and his second was a header from Nacho’s cross – his eighth La Liga goal in four games.
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But Carlos Carmona pulled one back and Duje Cop missed a penalty for the visitors with 13 minutes left.

The Croatia international, who appeared to check his pulse just before taking the kick, fired high and wide after Nacho was penalised for fouling Victor Rodriguez.

Relive the drama as it happened here.

Sevilla can cut unbeaten Real’s lead to six points when they host Valencia at 19:45 GMT, while champions Barcelona can take it back down to four points on Sunday at Real Sociedad (19:45 GMT).

Ronaldo’s double takes him up to 10 La Liga goals for the season, two above Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the golden boot race.

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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League with a win against Sunderland but could face a run of games without Philippe Coutinho who was taken off on a stretcher at Anfield.

The Brazillian clutched his ankle after a challenge from Didier Ndong late in a first half where Liverpool failed to turn 80% possession into clear chances.

Sunderland threatened briefly in each period, with Steven Pienaar and Duncan Watmore taking heavy touches when presented with openings.

But as Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to press, it was Coutinho’s replacement, Divock Origi, who found the net with what appeared to be a right-foot cross from the left side of the area.

It sparked relief at Anfield and when Ndong felled Sadio Mane in the box, James Milner converted a spot-kick to make it 14 games unbeaten in all competitions for the Reds.

Chelsea will move back to the top of the table should they beat Tottenham in Saturday’s late kick-off but Liverpool have clear momentum and last tasted defeat in the Premier League in August.

-BBC

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: Substitute Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time as Swansea recorded their first win since the opening day of the season in a remarkable encounter with Crystal Palace.

The Liberty Stadium witnessed an astonishing seven goals scored after the break and four in 11 second-half minutes.

Swansea were 3-1 ahead before Palace produced an extraordinary fightback to take a 4-3 lead.

It seemed as if the visitors would end their five-match losing run in the league, but then up popped substitute Llorente with two late goals as the ground erupted on the full-time whistle.

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Islam Slimani’s injury-time penalty rescued a point for Leicester as they came from behind twice against Middlesbrough.

Alvaro Negredo ended a goal drought which stretched back to the opening day of the season when he put Boro ahead following a neat exchange of passes with Gaston Ramirez.

Riyad Mahrez equalised from the penalty spot after Calum Chambers was judged to have handled.

Negredo looked to have given Boro the points when he latched on to a long ball and clinically dispatched a low shot past Foxes goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

But Slimani converted from the spot in the fourth minute of injury time after Wes Morgan was fouled by Marten de Roon.

There were murmurs of discontent from the home fans at the King Power Stadium, but Leicester’s players rolled up their sleeves and fought right to the final whistle.

For large parts of the game, the Foxes lacked any kind of zip or purpose about their play. Crucially, though, they kept going and salvaged a point.

It came on the back of Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Club Brugge, which secured their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a game to spare.

Importantly, it ensured Leicester did not slip to a third successive Premier League defeat.

“We showed fantastic character,” said Ranieri. “Lucky is someone who believes in something more.”
Negredo ends goalscoring drough

Negredo, who is on a season-long loan from Valencia, found the net for the first time since Boro’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City on 13 August.

It was not just the powerful Spaniard’s finishing that caught the eye at the King Power Stadium either.

Negredo held the ball up, linked up the play and was generally a handful for the Leicester defence.

He scored 23 goals in 48 appearances for Manchester City en route to helping them win the Premier League title in 2013-14.

Given his side’s overall lack of goals this season, Boro boss Aitor Karanka will hope it represents the start of a hot streak for Negredo.

While Negredo was back among the goals, Jamie Vardy’s struggles to find the net continue.

Vardy has not scored for the champions since 10 September – a run of 15 games. His form is in stark contrast to a year ago, when he scored for a record 11th Premier League game in a row.

Without Danny Drinkwater, suspended for three matches for elbowing Watford’s Valon Behrami, Leicester relied too often on high balls, which did not utilise Vardy’s strengths.

But irrespective of that, Vardy’s performance was subdued, as was his body language.

He could have few complaints when substituted with 25 minutes left.

-BBC

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Human rights lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbaje, is dead. He died on Saturday after an undisclosed ailment in London.

His friend and colleague, Richard Akinnola confirmed his death.

Gbenga Demola-Ojo, a laywer in a Facebook post, described his death as, ‘another great loss.’
He wrote, “Fred Agbaje, constitutional lawyer, gentleman, media personality and patriot! May your great soul find rest!”

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is dead at the age of 90, his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro announced.

Fidel Castro’s communist government survived a U.S.-backed invasion of Cuban exiles, a superpower missile crisis, assassination plots and decades of U.S. economic sanctions. But Castro lived long enough to see Washington announce the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations with Havana and the subsequent visit by a U.S. president to the island in March 2016.

Fidel Castro Ruz was born August 13, 1926, and grew up to become one of the leaders of the movement against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. He led a guerrilla force that eventually routed Batista’s army and took over the island in 1959.

His victory and triumphant entry into Havana captured the world’s attention. But he soon steered the country toward Communism and the orbit of the Soviet Union.

“He is a man who made a lot of promises to the Cuban people,” said Cuban democracy activist Frank Calzon. “Cubans were going to have freedom. They were going to have honest government. They were going to have a return to the constitution. Instead what he gave them was a Stalinist type of government.”

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The United States mounted an invasion of Cuba by a group of Cuban exiles in 1961. But Castro’s forces crushed the invaders at the Bay of Pigs. One year later, Cuba was at the center of a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the placement of nuclear missiles on the island. A nuclear war was narrowly averted.

As a close ally of Moscow, Castro deployed Cuban troops to various Cold War hot spots, such as Angola. His policies turned Cuba into an international player, according to Cuba expert Wayne Smith.

“I think he will be remembered as the leader who put Cuba on the world map,” Smith said. “Before Castro, Cuba was considered something of a banana republic. It did not count for anything in world politics. Castro certainly changed all that, and suddenly Cuba was playing a major role on the world stage, in Africa as an ally of the Soviet Union, in Asia, and certainly in Latin America.”

At home, universal education and health care were accomplishments that came at the cost of human rights and democracy. Dissidents were thrown in jail and their relatives who protested were often intimidated by pro-government mobs.

“Fidel Castro kept power through fear, through the use of the secret police, through manipulating political forces — just like Stalin did or just like Hitler did,” Calzon said.

Castro frequently denounced the United States, often staging mass rallies to protest the U.S. economic embargo against his country.

Despite decades of U.S. pressure, he managed to stay in power until being sidelined by intestinal surgery in July 2006. The ailing leader formally relinquished the presidency in 2008 to his younger brother Raul, in a transfer of power endorsed in a pro-forma election by Cuba’s National Assembly.

Yet he maintained a role in public life as Cuba’s state-run newspaper published his thoughts on various subjects, including a critique of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba that underscored the normalization of ties. He also occasionally received visiting foreign dignitaries.

His continued presence on the world stage made him unique, says Cuba specialist Phil Peters.

“I think all admit he was a very large historical figure who won a very impressive military victory in the Cuban revolution, who maneuvered through very difficult circumstances in the international sphere,” Peters, of the Lexington Institute, said. “He put Cuba on the map, in many ways, far beyond its importance in history, far beyond its economic capabilities.”

But the Cuban people paid a heavy price, Calzon, the democracy activist said.

“Whatever good he did, the cost that the Cuban people have had to pay in lives, in suffering, in torture far exceeds whatever positive could be said about him,” Calzon said.

Tyrant or revolutionary, Fidel Castro remained at the center of the world’s media spotlight until the end — an object of fascination for some and repudiation for others.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: The ongoing Ondo governorship election is witnessing a large turnout of voters as residents trooped out to cast their votes.

Accreditation and voting commenced early at most of the voting centres visited by our correspondent.

As early as 8 a.m. voters were observed going to the various polling booths to cast their votes. Electoral officials also arrived early and attended to voters who were accredited and later cast their votes.

At all the polling booths visited at Isinko, Owena Military Cantonment, Customs area along Ondo Road, accreditation and voting were simultaneously being done.

There were no reported cases of violence. Voters were observed queing peacefully to be accredited. Security was also tight.

Security checkpoints were also mounted to ensure peaceful election.

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: Wife of former Nigeria’s Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, Mrs. Aminat Titi Abubakar on Friday told a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja how former former governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State identified as Nsikakabasi Akpan defrauded her of the sum of N918 million.

Giving evidence before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, Mrs Abubakar said: “I have never been inside a court before. Not even a police station in all my life. I am here because I want Justice.

“All my investment and even profit is gone. I want this to serve as a deterrence to other fraudsters that they can’t defraud people and not face Justice.”

Akpan Jacobs and Abdulmalik Ibrahim are facing a 15 count charge of fraud and stealing N918 million being proceeds of sale of a property situate at Plot C63A , Amuwo Odofin
Commercial Layout along Oshodi Apapa Expressway , belonging to Tha Maritime Services Limited.

They however pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mrs Abubakar told the court that Akpan Jacobs , a pastor used the money to contest for governorship in Akwa Ibom State.

The company allegedly belonged to Mrs Abubakar, Dan and Fred Holmes both working for Julius Berger at the time.

The company was formed in 2000 with 49 per cent shares to Mrs Abubakar, 25 per cent to
Holmes and 25 per cent to Akpan Jacobs.

Akpan Jacobs who doubled as the company’s managing director and secretary was however alleged to gone to the Corporate Affairs Commission where he altered the share arrangement in his favour.

He was alleged to have forged a company board resolution re distributing the shares ownership  giving himself 70 per cent , 15 per cent to Mrs Abubakar, and 15 per cent to Holmes.

With the shares re-distribution, Akpan Jacobs was alleged to have fraudulently assumed full ownership of  THAShipping  and subsequently sold a property worth N918m belonging to the company to Dana Motor Nigeria Ltd.

Mrs Abubakar is expected to continue her evidence on December 14, 2016 when the continues with the trial.

Part of the charge read, “that ‎Nsikakabasi Akpan Jacobs and Abdulmalik Ibrahim as the Managing Director and Company Secretary on about the 10th day of August 2008 in Lagos within Ikeja judicial division with intent to defraud stole and converted to your own personal use the sum of N918,000,000.00 being proceeds sale of the property and appurtenances situted at plot C63 A Amuwo Odofin Commercial. Layout along Oshodi-Apapa expressway, Lagos belonging to Tha shipping and Maritime Service limited entrusted with you as the Managing Director.

 ‎”Nsikakabasi Akpan Jacobs and Abdulmalik Ibrahim‎ on about the 1st day July 2002 in Lagos within Ikeja judicial Division with intent to defraud forged a Memorandum and Article of Association of Tha Shipping and Maritme Service Limited, dated the 1st day of July 2002 purporting the Signatures therein to have been signed by Florence Doregos and Fred Holms.”

 
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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday arraigned the trio of Senator Adesewe Ogunlewe, former Works and Housing Minister and Pro Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAB; Prof. Olusola Oyewole, the Vice Chancellor and Mr. Moses Olusola Ilesanmi, Bursar before Justice O. O Majekodunmi of the State High Court sitting at Abeokuta, Ogun State.

They were arraigned on an 18 -count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, obtaining money by false pretence and abuse of office.
They however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Bennedict Ubi and Festus Ojo asked the court to remand them in prison custody pending the commencement of trial.

The defence counsel to the first, second and third defendants Wale Adesokan (SAN), Benjamin Ogunmodede and Lapite Ademola urged the court to admit them on bail having filed the various applications before the court.

Having listened to the submissions of both counsel on the bail applications, Justice Majekodunmi granted the first and second defendants (Ogunlewe and Oyewole) bail in the sum of N50m with two sureties in like sum.

The Sureties must be house owners within the jurisdiction and one of them must be a civil servant on grade level 15.
The court said the defendants must submit their International Passports to the court Registrar and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

Justice Majekodunmi adjourned ruling on the bail application of the third defendant till Monday 28th November and 16th, 19th and 20th of December for the commencement of trial.

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