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Reigning world footballer of the year, Crisitano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have both bid farewell to the World Cup after losing both their last 16 matches and could have set up a quarter-final tie with each other.

Russia bids a sad farewell to both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who crashed out of the World Cup at the last 16 stage on the same day.

Had Argentina and Portugal both won their ties against France and Uruguay, respectively, they would have set up a quarter-final meeting, which would have meant that Messi and Ronaldo were to face each other at a World Cup for the first time in history.

Messi’s Argentina, however, were unable to quell a rampant France side who had finally found their feet at the World Cup and could only watch as Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in an eventual 4-3 thriller of a win.

Les Bleus opened the scoring through an Antoine Griezmann penalty before Angel Di Maria levelled the scoring – and briefly led before France hit back through Benjamin Pavard and a Mbappe masterclass.

The loss meant that Messi has never been able to score in the knockout phase of a World Cup.

Sergio Aguero netted in stoppage time to make the score 4-3, but it wasn’t enough, leading Messi to experience heartbreak with his national side yet again.

Ronaldo had the opportunity to stake his claim as the GOAT at the World Cup following Messi’s elimination but he, too, is being sent home after Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay courtesy of a dazzling Edinson Cavani display.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward opened the scoring early on to make it 1-0 before Pepe equalised after half-time. Cavani struck again soon after, however, to take his tally up to three for the tournament and to end Ronaldo’s hopes of winning a World Cup with Portugal.

Portugal missed a crucial shot in stoppage-time and there were calls for a handball against Uruguay in the penalty area after goalkeeper Rui Patricio went up for a corner in stoppage time, but it was not given.

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National Assembly Postpones Resumption, New Date Announced

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The National Assembly will not be resuming from its recess on September 25, 2018, as earlier fixed.

The cancellation of the resumption of the Senate and House of Representatives was contained in a statement by the Clerk to the National Assembly, M.A. Sani-Omolori, on Sunday.

The new resumption date was put as October 9, 2018.

Sani-Omolori said: “This is to inform all Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members that resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 25th September has been postponed to Tuesday 9th October due to the activities of the primaries of the political parties.

“All Distinguished Senators and Honourable members are expected to resume the plenary session by 10 am on the 9th of October, please.”

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Osun Decides: Fani-Kayode Promises To Get Omisore’s Support For Adeleke In Rerun Election

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The former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declaring the just-concluded governorship election in Osun State inconclusive.

INEC had announced that Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled about 254,698 ahead of Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who had 254,345 votes.

This decision followed cancellation of votes in Orolu Local Government, Ife South LG, Ife North LG and Osogbo LG.

But in a swift reaction, The PDP chieftain while congratulating the party, promised to talk to the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore to join forces with PDP for a victorious Thursday’s rerun.

Fani-Kayode tweeted, “I am so proud of the @OfficialPDPNig in Osun. Congrats to my friend and brother, Demola Adeleke. Now is the time for us to reach out and work with others. I will talk to my cousin, Iyiola Omisore.

“He is a fighter. We need him. We must join forces and send the APC demons packing.”

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Osun Decides: INEC Announces Date For Rerun In 4 Local Governments

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Following the inconclusive nature of the September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun State, in which the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP led by 353, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Thursday, September 27 as the new date for rerun.

According to the commission, the rerun will be conducted in some of the units in which votes were cancelled for alleged irregularities.

The affected local governments are : Orolu, Osogbo, Ife South and Ife North, making four local governments in all.

Recall that INEC had on Sunday announced the final results of the governorship election, with candidate of PDP leading with a total votes of 254, 698, while APC polled 254,345 to come second in the exercise.

The returning officer for the governorship election, Prof. Joseph Adeola, who announced the results reeled out the total number of valid votes to be 767,955 and rejected votes to be 47,843.

Adeola added that the margin between the PDP and APC which is 353, and the total cancelled ballots totalling 3348 will not make any party a winner of the contest, in line with electoral act.

He, therefore, declared the election inconclusive, as he said the exact date for rerun will be announced soonest.

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