The Big 5: WHO says Nigeria, other African countries at risk of Ebola; Fayemi picks APC ticket for Ekiti governorship election and other stories


These are the stories you should be monitoring today.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has picked the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti.

With 941 of the delegates to yesterday’s rescheduled primary of the party throwing their weight behind him, Fayemi defeated a strong field of 31 other aspirants in the poll conducted at Damlek Event Centre, Oke-Ila, Ado-Ekiti.

Trailing Fayemi in the second position was Chief Segun Oni who got 481 votes.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified Nigeria and other countries in the African region to be at moderate risk of spread.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which disclosed this in a statement Saturday, however warned Nigerians to be cautious and take precautionary measures to prevent an outbreak of the virus in the country.

The Forum of Niger Delta ex-agitators is alleging a plot to destabilise the tenure of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo.

Coordinating the alleged plot, according to the group, is a retired military officer.

The former militants who have been enlisted in the second phase of the Programme have warned the unnamed retired military officer to desist immediately.

Spokesman for the forum, Augustine Egba, said in a statement in Abuja that the brain behind the alleged plot has been “concocting falsehood and devising all manner of subterfuge” to see his mission through including using the name of “our beloved NSA, General Babagana Monguno.”

Nigeria’s Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has lambasted those she termed “mischief-makers” for “putting words” in her mouth, saying she described former governors Rotimi Amaechi and Babatunde Fashola, now ministers, as scavengers.

Okonjo-Iweala, who was also a former minister of finance during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was reacting to reports trending on the social media where she allegedly said ‘yesterday’s scavengers are today’s saints’.

The former Minister was said to have stated this in her book: “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous”.

In excerpts of an interview published by Premium Times, the Managing Director of Multichoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, spoke about the recently concluded BBNaija show, why the pay-as-you-go pay-TV model can’t work and the social responsibility projects being undertaken by his company.

He said, “For the Big Brother shows, we set up one facility for the Nigeria, Angolan and other editions. It makes sense from a production perspective. It is impractical to replicate sets across our operations in 49 African countries. We choose the best location for each specific production. Big Brother Naija’s production team is made up of 90% Nigerians even though it wasn’t set in Nigeria – so a good deal of skills transfer occurs. Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) comes to Nigeria every year. Speaking as a Nigerian and an advocate of Nigeria – we keep looking at what it will entail to run it locally.

For the Pay as you go option for cable TV he said, “Pay as you go is a mobile network term. The mobile operators have the technical resources to measure what is being used. For pay-Tv on the other hand,it is not the same thing. Last August, the Mayweather vs. McGregor Boxing match was delayed for close to 3 hours. The reason it was delayed is because of the technicalities of pay-per-view in the US.

“Pay-per-view for a fight like that would be $99 – that is more than your one-month subscription on Premium – about double.”

He adds, “You can put your subscription on hold when you travel for up to two weeks each time, twice a year”.

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