Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 9th December, 2017.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
The South East caucus of the Peoples Democratic party  (PDP) yesterday adopted Prince Uche Secondus as its candidate for chairmanship of the party in today’s National Convention of the opposition party.
This emerged yesterday as all the nine persons seeking to be elected as national chairman of the PDP have refused to step down for one another and are insisting on using the election as the only means of resolving their political differences.

The position of the aspirants became very obvious on Thursday, as they took turns to collect their certificates of clearance from the Patrick Okowa-led convention planning committee at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, after having been cleared by the screening committee.

Also, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that he had no preferred candidate in today’s election.

Addressing journalists yesterday at the party’s national secretariat, Chairman of the screening committee, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, lauded the conduct of the chairmanship hopefuls, stating that with their clearance, the party was hopeful of a credible, competitive convention devoid of rancour.

Candidates cleared to contest the party’s national chairmanship position include Prince Uche Secondus, Professors Tunde Adeniran and Taoheed Adedoja.

Others are Chief Olabode George, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Jimi Agbaje and Aderemi Olusegun.

Okowa who reiterated the readiness of his committee to conduct a credible and transparent convention, assured that adequate steps have been taken to secure the Eagles Square, venue of the convention.
Sat, 09 Dec 2017

One of the nine national chairmanship aspirants in today’s National Elective Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, has withdrawn from the contest.
He accused the leadership of the party of refusing to keep to the micro-zoning principles that he claimed reserved the chairmanship position for the Southwest, saying he entered the contest on the micro-zoning principle, which he said has now been thrashed “by little men who have compromised.”

“It appears the PDP is bent on self-destruction. I can’t be part of this. The chairmanship position has been sold to the highest bidder,” George stated at a briefing yesterday night.

The party’s former deputy national chairman (South), therefore, called for an unreserved apology from Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for humiliating the people of the Southwest with his unguarded statements. 

He fumed: “Everywhere you look, the Yoruba people are now being brazenly insulted. The very traditional fibres of our founding fathers are now being trampled upon, debased and soiled by external forces and mercenary traitors within.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Nigeria called for an end to violence in neighbouring Cameroon, where a crisis sparked by a separatist drive in English-speaking areas has forced thousands of people to seek sanctuary across the border.

“The Nigerian state by no means supports the secessionists,” Nigerian ambassador Lawan Abba Gashagar said Thursday, after a meeting with Cameroon’s President Paul Biya.

“The Nigerian government supports a swift return to peace in Cameroon and the preservation of its territorial integrity,” said the ambassador, who is also a special envoy of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting came as thousands of Cameroonians fled across the border into English-speaking Nigeria.

While some are fleeing the unrest, others are suspected to be secessionists in favour of armed struggle, who could use the Nigerian side of the border as a base.

“There are agreements that indicate that a Cameroonian can go to Nigeria for three months without a visa, just as a Nigerian can come to Cameroon and stay here for three months without a visa,” Gashagar told Cameroonian state radio.

“Citizens can stay in either country, so long as they respect the law and they do not engage in activities aimed at destroying their own country,” he added.

Mounting violence in the English-speaking west of mainly francophone Cameroon claimed the lives of dozens of people, including five police officers and five soldiers in November, according to an official tally.

Resentment over perceived discrimination and a tough crackdown on separatist political forces has provoked secessionist demands in anglophone regions, which account for about a fifth of Cameroon’s population of 23 million.

The Cameroonian authorities have already imposed night-time curfews, restrictions on movement, raids and body searches.

The government in Yaounde has also reached out to the anglophone community for political dialogue.
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has said he believes the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape, triggering an immediate riposte from the presidential office.

Ramaphosa is a leading contender to take over from Zuma as head of the ANC ruling party later this month, and could succeed him as national president at elections due in 2019.

Zuma was found not guilty of raping Fezekile Kuzwayo in 2006, before he became president in 2009.

“The outcome of the case led to the acquittal of President Jacob Zuma,” Ramaphosa said in a radio interview late Thursday.

Pushed on whether he believed Kuzwayo’s allegations, he said: “I know how difficult and painful it is for a woman to garner the courage to stand up and say ‘Yes I was raped’.

“It must be one of the most difficult decisions she has to make, so yes, I would believe her.”

Ramaphosa, who has been Zuma’s deputy since in 2014, is competing with Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become the ANC leader at a party conference starting on December 16.

President Zuma’s office issued a terse statement on Friday, saying that the verdict at his trial was clear.

“The rape allegations against President Zuma were properly considered by a judge of the High Court,” it said.
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Arsenal Beach Soccer Club started their campaign yesterday with an 11-9 victory over Kebbi BSC at the on-going Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament. It was the first match of the competition, which is featuring four clubsides and four national teams at the Eko Atlantic.

The Gunners led in each of the three quarters, winning 4-3 in the first quarter. The Kebbi boys, who were cheered by their governor, Abubakar Atiku Baguda, fought back in the second stanza to tie at 4-4, but a sudden loss of concentration saw them falling 8-6 at the end.

The third quarter was thrilling as Arsenal widened the gap to 10 -7 only for Kebbi to narrow it to 10-9. But when Governor Baguda and other Nigerians were expecting an upset, the Gunners struck with two late goals to win the game by 11-9.

The defeat notwithstanding, Governor Baguda praised the Kebbi team for the effort and promised to continue to support them to excel in beach soccer.

Meanwhile, players and officials of Arsenal are waiting anxiously to have Nigerian players in their mix. To them, it will be a good thing for young Nigerians to follow the footsteps of the duo of Kanu Nwankwo and Alex Iwobi, who have made their mark with Arsenal FC.

Speaking with The Guardian on arrival for the tournament, team captain, Aaron Clarke said it would be a thing of joy to see some Nigerian beach soccer players team up with them.

“Nigerians are very talented and I will want them to join us in the Arsenal beach soccer team the same way Kanu Nwankwo played for Arsenal FC some years ago and Alex Iwobi is currently doing for the team,” the captain stated.

Another member of the squad, a coach/player, Terry Bowes praised Nigerians for the support they give to Arsenal FC.

The Copa Lagos, which has Guardian Newspapers as one of its major partners, started yesterday with a colourful display of soccer by the participating teams.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Organisers of the NCC Tennis League have revealed that this year's final, scheduled for tomorrow at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club Onikan, Lagos, will pay special tribute to late former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme. According to the organisers, the former vice president was a great supporter of the NCC Tennis League and attended the two [] 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Everwhere you turn in Lagos, there's a story just waiting to be told. This year, two conceptual rap albums were released with the sole purpose of trying to tell them, albeit from two very different perspectives. Olamide ' a man so revered by the streets that when he momentarily revoked Don Jazzy's visa to the [] 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
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Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has solicited the support of the Thailand government in the country's quest to boost its agricultural sector. Obasanjo hinted that as part of moves to attain food sufficiency, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was planning to introduce 2,000 tractors to boost mechanised farming in the country. He made this request at [] 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Ifeoma Abajue is a medical doctor with special interest in aesthetic dermatology. She has a diploma in Dermatology from the prestigious University of Wales, Cardiff, and from the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine, and has distinguished herself in the Aesthetics sector for over 13years. She runs a successful skin clinic, The Aesthetic Clinic, where she [] 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Take it or leave it, the menace of domestic violence affects both men and women depending on who is stronger and is always bashing the other his or her partner. But in the African setting, domestic violence is always attributed to the man, who is often seen as the dispenser of violence to the wife [] 

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Nineto5chick, a premier career development platform dedicated to equipping professional women with the skills to thrive in the workplace, partnered with tech giant, Google Nigeria, to empower women in Nigeria's workforce. The empowerment event, which took the form of an intimate Power Breakfast with top Google Nigeria female executives Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor and Affiong Osuchukwu Country [] 
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