The Ebonyi State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied reports that it has ‘annointed’ former Governor David Umahi’s brother, Austin to replace him as the Ebonyi South Senator in the National Assembly.
According to the state chairman of the party, Stanley Okoro-Emegha who made the denial while speaking with newsmen on Monday in Abakaliki, there is no truth in certain reports claiming Austin or any other person has been nominated to replace Umahi in the Senate.
Naija News reports the Ebonyi South Senatorial District seat became vacant after Senator Umahi was appointed Minister of Works by President Bola Tinubu.
Okoro-Emegha while speaking on the vacant seat said the APC would conduct a fresh primary to elect a candidate for the position.
“APC will field a candidate that will retain the seat because it belongs to us.
“We will not allow any seat occupied by the party to go to the opposition because we are on ground in the state,” he said.
He added that whoever would emerge as the candidate for the seat must emerge through a credible primary election and must be chosen by the people.
The party chairman added that while Senator Umahi is free to support any candidate, nobody would be forced on the people.
“The seat is an elective one, so its occupant should emerge through a transparent process and not through nomination.
“The governor, as the leader of the party, has the right to support any aspirant, but that does not mean that the ticket belongs to anybody,” Okoro-Emegha said.
The party chairman stated that they are waiting for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to officially declare the seat vacant and issue guidelines on the conduct of its election.
He insisted as well that the party would emerge victorious in the state governorship tribunal.
“Individuals who also say we would lose the state’s gubernatorial seat at the tribunal are dreaming because it was achieved through an overwhelming mandate.
“The governor has, through his policies, started justifying the confidence reposed in him by the people, as they knew his capabilities before electing him,” he said
#SaferKwara: Governor AbdulRazaq Meets Army Chief
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq receives Commander 22 Armoured Brigade Ilorin Brigade General Adebayo Abdulrahman Babalola at Government House, Ilorin.
During the visit, the Governor explored strategies for strengthening security in the state with the Army chief.
Military personnel have made several efforts to dislodge security threats from the state.
The Army chief reiterated that the operations will be sustained to keep the state safer for peaceful and law-abiding residents.
Football is coming home! UK & Republic of Ireland set to host Euro 2028 as Turkey withdraw bid
The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland look set to host Euro 2028 after the Turkish FA withdrew its bid to host the tournament.
The Turkish FA has officially withdrawn its bid to host Euro 2028 in order to focus on its plan to co-host the tournament with Italy in 2032. UEFA has now approved the joint proposal, which was first announced in July.
Turkey’s withdrawal from the 2028 bidding process means that the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid will now run unopposed. Wembley Stadium hosted the semi-finals and final of the delayed 2020 European Championship, but the UK has not hosted an entire major tournament since 1996.
Both bids will require official approval at a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday. An official statement from UEFA read: “The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process which will take due consideration of the content of the bid submissions before reaching a decision.”
If approved, then Euro 2028 will be hosted in the UK and Ireland. Among the ten proposed stadiums are Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, as well as the currently unbuilt Bramley Moore Dock stadium in Liverpool and Casement Park in Belfast
Messi makes decision on when he will leave Inter Miami
Lionel Messi has reportedly decided where he will end his playing career, but it won’t be in Miami or Barcelona.
Messi’s Inter Miami contract is set to expire in 2025, at which point – according to El Nacional – he will look to return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina. There is an option for the World Cup winner to extend his deal with Miami for an extra year, but the report states that he wants to retire in his homeland.
Messi left Barcelona in 2021 after more than two decades at the club, having joined the Spanish giants from Newell’s as a 13-year-old. He snubbed a return to Camp Nou when he left Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, and it now looks like a fairy tale return to Barca is never going to happen.
Messi scored 10 goals in his first seven games for David Beckham’s Miami franchise, but he has spent the past month injured. He will play a farewell match at Barcelona at some point, even if he does not return to play for the club
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