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PDP summons emergency meeting over Gov Matawalle’s defection to APC



The National Working Committee (NWC) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has summoned an emergency meeting today to discuss the planned defection of the Zamfara State Governor, Hon. Bello Matawalle, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) tomorrow.

In an announcement on Sunday by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ibrahim Dosara, the state government invited the governor’s supporters to witness the defection.

The statement further said the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, and other APC stalwarts would receive the Zamfara State governor into APC.
The Director-General of Media in the state, Mr. Idris Yusuf, had earlier said that the governor would address journalists on the issue on Monday.

But the PDP said yesterday that Matawalle had not informed it that he was defecting to the APC.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “All I can tell you is that an emergency meeting of the party will take place on Monday and the report of the defection will be discussed.

“Also for now, the governor has not informed the PDP that he is leaving the party.”
However, concerns have been raised that it would be legally impossible for Matawalle to defect.
The reason is that the Supreme Court’s decision, which ceded the Zamfara State governorship to the PDP immediately after the 2019 elections, did not consider any individual in arriving at the decision but the party.
The judgment of the Supreme Court is believed to have made the opposition party the owner and sole beneficiary of the governorship and not Matawalle.

Already, arrangements are said to have been perfected for the governor to defect to the APC tomorrow, and he is expected to be received by the ruling party’s National Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.
Also, as a prelude to the defection, Matawalle had on May 31, sacked his cabinet, including the commissioners, special advisers, the Secretary to the State Government, chief of staff and the deputy chief of staff in other to be able to accommodate some members of the APC in the new calculations.

It was gathered that the cabinet sacking was to prevent some commissioners from refusing to defect with him and avoid the kind of backslash experienced in Ebonyi and Cross River States, where some commissioners and aides refused to go to the APC with their former principals.

The governor, it was learnt, has been promised a return ticket for 2023. He is currently serving his first term in office.
In 2019, the APC won all the state and national elections in Zamfara State, the PDP came second but due to the Supreme Court judgment, the PDP inherited the victory across the board.
The state was considered an APC state and it was, therefore, to ensure his re-election in 2023 that Matawalle was being poached to defect to the APC.

Another party source also hinted: “There is no free ticket for him in the APC by 2023, as the former governor of the state, Mr. Abdulaziz Yari, and Senator Kabir Marafa have reconciled and will surely give him a fight.”
The source said it was not certain if all PDP senators and members of the House of Representatives that benefited from the Supreme Court’s judgment would be willing to defect with him.

The source said: “If the governor defects what will happen to the governorship ambition of Senator Marafa? Will he subdue his ambition that caused his initial political feud with former governor Yari or will he go back to the Senate? If he decides to go to the Senate, what will happen to the current senator that is from the PDP?”

Yari, Zamfara’s immediate past governor, is plotting to become the national chairman of the APC, and has been at daggers-drawn with Matawalle, who became an unexpected beneficiary of the APC crisis in the 2019 primaries in the state.
A PDP source said the party was in possession of an intelligence report that the Zamfara governor had gone as far as seeking the opinions of some top judicial officers who had told him that leaving the PDP could cost him the seat, based on the Supreme Court’s judgment of 2019.


Benin Republic court declines extradition of Sunday Igboho to Nigeria, orders him to remain in cell



The Court D’Appal of Cotonou has ordered Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to be kept in prison custody pending further investigation.

The court, however, declined the extradition of Igboho to Nigeria.

The court, which was expected to start hearing the case at 10:00am, barred reporters and supporters of Igboho who besieged the premises. The hearing commenced at about 5:00pm.

Supporters of Igboho were dispersed from the premises of the court later in the evening, prompting fears that he might be deported to Nigeria.

The government of Nigeria had accused Igboho of trafficking in arms, inciting violence to disrupt public peace, and agitating for secession. It also sought his extradition to Nigeria.

Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, last Monday while trying to catch a flight to Germany.

However, Ropo, who is a German citizen was set free by the court on Thursday while the self-styled agitator was remanded in the custody of Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou.

Igboho was placed on the wanted list on July 1 by the Department of State Services after its operatives raided his Soka residence in Ibadan, killing two of his aides. They arrested 12 others during the operation.

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Buhari arrives London to see his doctors and for summit



President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived London partly to see his doctors and also to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021 to 2025.

His aircraft landed at Stansted International Airport, London at about 11:20pm (local time) with the temperature at 22 degrees celsius.

According to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, the summit would be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to him, the summit will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward toward transforming education systems in partner countries through exchange of best practices.

“It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

“Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: ‘The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions’; ‘Transforming Education for Girls’; ‘Financing for Impact and Recovery’; and ‘What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years’, among others,’’ Adesina stated.

He said the Nigerian leader would also hold a bilateral meeting with the British prime minister.

After the Summit, Adesina said, Buhari will spend a few days to keep a scheduled medical appointment.

“He is due back by second week of August 2021,’’ he said

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Here’s what happens to your body when you stop having sex for a long time



Dry spells happen to a lot of people and it’s normal. When it comes to abstaining from sex, there are some physical consequences but most of them are as a result of not getting the health benefits that sex can offer.

Here’s what happens to your body when you stop having sex for a while.

1. Harder to get an erection

No sex for a long time in men can lead to a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction due to a drop in testosterone level.

2. Less lubrication in women

Women in this situation may experience vaginal dryness since lack of sex and orgasms lowers the levels of estrogen – the hormone responsible for lubrication. Also, no sex for a long time can lead to problems getting aroused or reaching an orgasm. Regular sex or masturbation can keep the tissues in your vagina healthy by improving blood flow.

3. Cardiovascular health

It’s not just about sex being a form of exercise but also about the fact that sexual intercourse helps keep your estrogen and progesterone levels in balance, which can lower your risk of heart disease.

4. Increase in stress and anxiety level

Sex releases endorphins and the hormone oxytocin into the body which reduces stress and anxiety. Unless you get yourself involved in a lot of different activities that can help you reduce your stress, this will all be pent up in your system.

5. Poor Immune system

The body gets a boost from sex as endorphins are released. People who have regular sex have a high IgA, an antibody that shows how tough our immune system is. Stopping sex for a long period affects your immune system and you tend to get the flu easily.

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