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Thursday, 28 December 2017

George Weah elected President of Liberia

Former football star George Weah has been elected as Liberia's president.

With nearly all ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the vote.

As news of Mr Weah's victory emerged, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia.

He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president, in Liberia's first democratic handover in decades.

"My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation," Mr Weah wrote on Twitter after the results were announced.

"I measure the importance and the responsibility of the immense task which I embrace today. Change is on."

Who is George Weah?

Mr Weah starred at top-flight European football clubs Paris St-Germain and AC Milan, before ending his career in England with brief stays at Chelsea and Manchester City.

He is the only African footballer to have won both Fifa World Player of the Year and the prestigious Ballon D'Or.

He entered politics after his retirement from the game in 2002 and is currently a senator in Liberia's parliament.

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How did we get here?

Liberia, founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power from one elected president to another since 1994

This time Mr Weah's campaign - under the Coalition for Democratic Change banner - appealed to the youth vote, while incumbent Vice-President Boakai was seen as old and out of touch.

But Mr Weah's election is not without controversy, as his running mate was Jewel Taylor, former wife of the jailed president.

Why a run-off?

Mr Weah, 51, won the first round of the presidential election in October with 38.4% of the vote, compared with the 28.8% won by second-placed Mr Boakai, 73. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off.

The National Elections Commission (NEC) said on Thursday that with 98.1% of the run-off vote counted, Mr Weah had won 61.5% of the vote while Mr Boakai was far behind with 38.5%.

Legal challenges delayed the vote to replace Ms Sirleaf, and turnout was low - put at 56% by election officials.

But election observers have praised the conduct of the poll.

More than two million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the nation of 4.6 million people.

Credit: BBC

Monday, 18 December 2017

Watch Tony Elumelu Performing As The New African Micheal Jackson At Heirs Holdings Christmas Party

PICTURES: Tony Elumelu Dresses, Displays Michael Jackson’s Moves At Heirs Holdings Christmas Party

Last Saturday, 16 December, 2017, Tony Elumelu, Group Chairman of the United Bank Of Africa, UBA and Heirs Holdings, got into the festive spirit when he hosted a spectacular Christmas party.
The event was a 70’s Disco themed party, and Elumelu conformed with both the dress dictate and dance moves of this era. Being an ardent fan of Michael Jackson, the 54-year old business mogul
danced to some classics by the King of Pop like ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Black and White’.
Midway through the performance, he was joined on stage, by some other performers, who dressed in similar costumes as that of the UBA chairman. Watch video on Tony Elumelu's facebook timeline and beam at pictures below

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Paris Club Refund: Court Orders Akwa Ibom Govt To Deposit N20b Over Failure To Pay Mauritz Walton

On Friday, December 15, 2017, a Federal High Court ordered Akwa Ibom State government to deposit the sum of N20bn in three banks following a suit filed by Mauritz Walton Nig. Ltd against the government.
The banks, according to the court are First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank and Zenith Bank.
Mauritz had sued the Minister of Finance, Accountant General of the Federation, Central Bank of Nigeria, and Akwa State government, as the 1, 2, 3, and 4 defendants over the refusal of the government of Akwa Ibom to pay it consultancy fee over the Paris Club Refund.
Mauritz challenged the defendants on ground their refusal to abide by the Court’s interlocutory order freezing Akwa Ibom State Paris Club Refund Account, pending the determination of suit filed against the state over refusal to pay it consultancy fee on the Paris Club Refund.
Mauritz dragged the state before the court seeking the attachment of the said amount as a result of the failure of the state government to pay the applicant 30 per cent of the state’s Paris Club refund by the Federal Government being consultancy charge for the services it rendered to the state government in pursuing the refund on behalf of the government.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole gave the order Friday in the suit marked: NO FHC/ABJ/CS/1154/2017.
In a ruling, Justice Kolawole held: “Upon the application of the plaintiff’s counsel, Ahmed Rsji, SAN, informing the court of the irregularities on the Defendants Affidavit to show cause as ordered by the court of 30/11/2017; it is hereby ordered as follows:
“That in the absence of any affidavit to show cause, and the one filed by the first defendant having been held to be irregular field, it is the interest of justice that prayer in the plaintiff motion ex parts dated 31/11/17 be granted as prayed to abide the hearing and determination of the plaintiff motion and notice interlocutory injunction which may be held at future date with fourth defendant notice of preliminary objection dated 12/12/17.
“That the said prayer granted shall enable the first, second and third defendants to pay the said sum in prayer five into an interest yielding account with any of these banks: Zenith Bank, GTB PLC, and or First Bank PLC
“That this should be ruling of this court based on the agenda which I have set for today’s proceeding on 30/11/17 when the plaintiff ex parts motion was held.”
The matter was adjourned till January 30, 2018.
Justice Kolawole had frozen seven accounts linked to Governors’ Forum, which, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, were used by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to launder the sum of N10bn said to be derived from the proceeds of the Paris Club refund.
Justice Kolawole directed that the freezing order would last for 45 days within which the EFCC must either institute charges in respect of the transactions against the relevant suspects or apply to the court for an extension of the order.
The judge also gave seven days to the account owners, if interested in seeking the setting aside of the freezing order, to file an application which must be served on the EFCC.

Friday, 1 December 2017

World Cup 2018 Fixtures, Dates and Venue Schedule in FULL

Here is World Cup 2018 fixtures and schedule in FULL: Every key date and venue
When and where will the games take place at next summer's World Cup in Russia? Find out here....
*All times listed CET. Kaliningrad uses CET. Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, St Petersburg, Saransk, Sochi and Volgograd are one hour ahead of CET. Samara is two hours ahead of CET. Ekaterinburg is three hours ahead of CET.

Thursday, June 14
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Moscow (Luzhniki) 5pm
Friday, June 15
Egypt vs Uruguay Ekaterinburg 2pm 
Morocco vs Iran St Petersburg 5pm
Portugal vs Spain Sochi 8pm
Saturday, June 16
France vs Australia Kazan 12am
Argentina vs Iceland Moscow (Spartak) 3pm
Peru vs Denmark Saransk 6pm
Croatia vs Nigeria Kaliningrad 9pm
Sunday, June 17
Costa Rica vs Serbia Samara 2pm
Germany vs Mexico Moscow (Luzhniki) 5pm
Brazil vs Switzerland Rostov-on-Don 8pm
Monday, June 18
Sweden vs South Korea Nizhny Novgorod 2pm
Belgium vs Panama Sochi 5pm
Tunisia vs England Volgograd 8pm
Tuesday, June 19
Poland vs Senegal Moscow (Spartak) 2pm
Colombia vs Japan Saransk 5pm
Russia vs Egypt St Petersburg 8pm
Wednesday, June 20
Portugal vs Morocco Moscow (Luzhniki) 2pm
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Rostov-on-Don 5pm
Iran vs Spain Kazan 8pm
Thursday, June 21
France vs Peru Ekaterinburg 2pm
Denmark vs Australia Samara 5pm
Argentina vs Croatia Nizhny Novgorod 8pm
Friday, June 22
Brazil vs Costa Rica St Petersburg 2pm
Nigeria vs Iceland Volgograd 5pm
Serbia vs Switzerland Kaliningrad 8pm
Saturday, June 23
Belgium vs Tunisia Moscow (Spartak) 2pm
Germany vs Sweden Sochi 5pm
South Korea vs Mexico Rostov-on-Don 8pm
Sunday, June 24
England vs Panama Nizhny Novgorod 2pm
Japan vs Senegal Ekaterinburg 5pm
Poland vs Colombia Kazan 8pm
Monday, June 25
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Samara 4pm
Uruguay vs Russia Volgograd 4pm 
Iran vs Portugal Kaliningrad 8pm
Spain vs Morocco Saransk 8pm
Tuesday, June 26
Australia vs Peru Moscow (Luzhniki) 4pm
Denmark vs France Sochi 4pm
Nigeria vs Argentina St Petersburg 8pm 
Iceland vs Croatia Rostov-on-Don 8pm
Wednesday, June 27
South Korea vs Germany Kazan 4pm
Mexico vs Sweden Ekaterinburg 4pm
Serbia vs Brazil Moscow (Spartak) 8pm
Switzerland vs Costa Rica Nizhny Novgorod 8pm
Thursday, June 28
Japan vs Poland Volgograd 4pm
Senegal vs Colombia Samara 4pm
Panama vs Tunisia Kaliningrad 8pm
England vs Belgium Saransk 8pm

Saturday, June 30
1C vs 2D Kazan 4pm (Match 50)
1A vs 2B Sochi 8pm (Match 49)
Sunday, July 1
1B vs 2A Moscow (Luzhniki) 4pm (Match 51)
1D vs 2C Nizhny Novgorod 8pm (Match 52)
Monday, July 2
1E vs 2F Samara 4pm (Match 53)
1G vs 2H Rostov-on-Don 8pm (Match 54)
1F vs 2E St Petersburg 4pm (Match 55)
1H vs 2G Moscow (Spartak) 8pm (Match 56)

Friday, July 6
Winner match 49 vs winner match 50 Nizhny Novgorod 4pm (Match 57)
Winner match 53 vs winner match 54 Kazan 8pm (Match 58)
Saturday, July 7
Winner match 55 vs winner match 56 Samara 4pm (Match 60)
Winner match 51 vs winner match 52 Sochi 8pm (Match 59)

Tuesday, July 10
Winner match 57 vs winner match 58 St Petersburg 8pm
Wednesday, July 11
Winner match 59 vs winner match 60 Moscow (Luzhniki) 8pm

Saturday, July 14
St Petersburg 4pm

Sunday, July 15
Moscow (Luzhniki) 5pm

2018 Russia World Cup Final Draw: Nigeria - Argentina repeats, Portugal face Spain as England meet Belgium

2018 Russia World Cup Final Draw is over in Moscow as Portugal face Spain while England meet Belgium in the group stage. Check the draw in full:
Group A
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

Group B
Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C
France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D
Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group E
Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F
Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Korea Republic

Group G
Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H
Poland, Senegal, Columbia, Japan

The 32 Teams involved in the draw...
UEFA (Europe): Russia, France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium, Iceland, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark
CONMEBOL (South America): Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Peru
CONCACAF (North/Central America and Caribbean): Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama
AFC (Asia): Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia
CAF (Africa): Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal, Egypt
Coach Gernot Rohr reacts to 2018 FIFA #WorldCupDraw, says Group D is filled with good teams and playing Argentina again will make things tougher for us.


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