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NIG Vs Ghana Lose: More Pains As Eagles Miss N5.6bn FIFA Largesse

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These are certainly not the best of times for the Super Eagles following their failure to qualify for the first-ever winter World Cup billed for Qatar later this year.

The Eagles, who had appeared in six of the previous seven World Cups, were favored to book a place at football’s showpiece event again after the first leg of their playoff tie finished 0-0 in Ghana on Friday.

But they were held 1-1 in Abuja on Tuesday, with the Black Stars booking their place at the Mundial on the away goal rule.

It was at the same venue that Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Then, as now, the Eagles needed to win to secure their place. Instead, they could only draw their final qualifying fixture, on that occasion against Guinea.

Black Stars stand-in captain, Thomas Partey, gave his side the lead in the 10th minute with a long-range shot from the edge of the box, before Watford defender William Troost-Ekong leveled the score from the penalty spot 12 minutes later, following an infringement on Ademola Lookman inside the box.

The team’s failure to qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup has cost the country’s football a huge setback financially.

A monstrous N5.6bn (€12.2m) FIFA money for qualifiers is what the Eagles allowed slip away from them on Tuesday at the Abuja stadium.

Nigeria was poised to receive the sum from FIFA if they qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup later this year.

This is a 25 percent increase from what the teams that qualified for the previous edition received from the world body when they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The three-time Africa champions did not only miss out on this huge amount, but the players have also seen their market valuation drop.

Africa’s most expensive player Victor Osimhen has seen his valuation drop from €100m to €60m by Transfermarkt.

Osimhen had four attempts on goal – two acrobatic attempts past the post, but it was largely comfortable for Ghana in the closing stages as they held on to reach Qatar.

He has been on the radar of several top European teams since January.

Ademola Lookman, who won the penalty that saw the Eagles restore parity in the encounter in Abuja, also saw his value drop from €20m to €9m, which could affect his contract renewal talks with Leicester City.

The 24-year-old winger is currently on loan at the King Power Stadium from the German side RB Leipzig. Kelechi Iheancho, an unused substitute in Abuja, is now valued at €20m from €25m.

Alex Iwobi, who missed out on the play-off due to suspension, saw his value reduce from €24m to €18m.

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Crisis Hits Lagos Labour Party As Pressure Mounts On Chairman, Kayode Salako To Resign

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A certain group has continued to doubt the chairman of Lagos Labour Party as regards his sincerity to lead the party to success in the next year’s general election.

Following the composition of the State Executive of the Labour Party, LP in Lagos State recently, there have been unending crisis within the party leadership that could mar the chances of the party in the State come 2023 despite the generous support the party is enjoying from different support groups and general public.
 
Reports monitored on social medial revealed that the party stakeholders both at all levels level have lost confidence in the state executive led by Comrade Kayode Salako and his secretary for not adhering to the Constitution of the party and anti-party activities hence the party’s support groups have demanded for their immediate resignation from the party or removal by the appropriate party organs.
 
Allegations levelled against the party chairman include his failure to set up relevant structures for the party across and failure to work with party’s support groups to harness all the benefits that are being championed by support groups and members of the public willing to support the party in deepening its reach across Lagos State and smooth running of the party as being done and experienced in other South Western States such as Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ondo States. It is alleged that rather than build up the party across Lagos State, Comrade Kayode Salako is alleged to be busied in destroying and tearing down the party’s relationships with the support groups and other stakeholders. Indeed, it appears the reason is not far fetched as it was alleged recently on social media that Comrade Kayode Salako is a mole sent by the presidential candidate of the ruling party, All Progressive Party Bola Tinubu to destroy the gains of Labour Party in Lagos State and Comrade Kayode Salako seems to be carrying out this sinister agenda perfectly since he assumed office as the Party Chairman in Lagos state.
 
They also cited lack of sound judgment behind the State party chairman’s wife, Folake Daramola being a campaign manager of the  Presidential candidate of APC and the party in Lagos State. One then wonders how safe the campaign strategies of the Labour Party will be in the hand of Comrade Kayode Salako who is literally in bed with the campaign manager of the Presidential candidate of APC, Bola Tinubu.
 
They also accused the duo of running fowl against the party guidelines by bringing and allowing people who are not state exco members to attend, sit and participate in the meeting of only 24 executive members contrary to the letter dated May 18, 2022 from the national leadership of the Party, which stated the limited numbers of who could take part in exco meeting.
 
They cited the case of an alleged Lover of the State Secretary,Jennifer Ukachi, who is constantly allowed to attend and sit at the exco meeting. Also, the state party chairman who brings retinue of outsiders including thugs to sit down and participate in the state exco meetings. All these, the different support groups argued run contrary to the 24-membership Exco appointed by the National leadership’s letter of May 18, 2022 seen by this reporter. The State Chairman and State Secretary have actually turned to the State Exco meeting into rendezvous for their shenanigans.
 
The party support groups therefore appeal to the leadership of the party and stakeholders to immediately look into these anomalies and allegations against the party leadership in Lagos State before the commencement of campaigns, rallies and the likes so that the Labour Party in Lagos is not be put to disrepute and is able to reap the good will of the OBI-dients moments.

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Metronwews At 10: Otuba Femi Davis To Shutdown Lagos With A 3-In-1 Event

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A seasoned journalist and publisher of Metronews magazine, Otunba Femi Davies, has promised that the highly frenzied 10th anniversary of the news platform, which is billed for October 10, 2022 at the prestigious Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja GRA in Lagos, will be an evening that would echo for a long time in the Nigerian media and entertainment industries.

In a statement signed and made available to the media by the media juggernaut, a committee of industry brilliant minds has been working tirelessly in ensuring that the three-in-one event is befitting of the reputation of the Metronews brand.

While mentioning events lined up for the evening, the organisers hinted that a new movie by the publisher would be premiered. In addition, a special edition of Metronews print copy, planned to be a frequent publication of societies’ movers and shakers, would be unveiled.

“Aside from all these, not less than 35 Metronews Special Recognition Awards for the Decade would be given out that night to celebrate brands and accomplished individuals across different sectors for their excellence and consistency,” Otunba Davies stated.

Multiple award winning Otunba Olufemi Davies is a respected journalist of many years and is always looking for ways to impact excellent and consistent practice most relevant to the future of the Nigeria’s media industry.

He is a well-sort after PR consultant, publicist and brand manager with an outstanding career that has spanned over two decades. Otunba Davies has helped major Nigerian and multinational brands and organisations including politicians take charge of their narratives and sailed through the storming waters of crisis communications.

As an industry veteran, Otunba Davies has trained and groomed several proteges who have gone on to become major assets to the media industry. He is reckoned with as the crown prince of softsell with his imprint visible in the practice of several professionals who have passed through his mentorship programme or worked and served in one of his several major projects or business undertakings.

Otunba Femi Davies is a journalist per excellence, brand communicator extra-ordinaire, movie producer, artiste manager, actor, entertainer and people builder, who has made tremendous impact in the society through his work in the Nigerian media industry as a social networker.

He is a Rotarian, the president of the Society of Digital Newspaper Owners of Nigeria (SDNON) and a director at Dux 94.7FM, a fast growing radio broadcasting outfit founded by Asiwaju Rotimi Ajanaku.

A man with several chieftaincy titles like Otunba Gbobaniyi of Arigidi-Akoko and Bobajiro of Iwoye-Ketu, FM, as he is fondly called, is also a director at Afrika Konnekt News Network presided by the American-based Ayo Sogbuyi.

Metronews’ 10th year anniversary promises to be a night to look forward to.

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2023: Osinbajo, Dogara Names Missing As APC Unveils 422-Member Presidential Campaign Council [SEE FULL LIST]

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday unveiled its Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), with President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman and Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, director-general.

The party also appointed Tinubu as Deputy Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, its national chairman as Deputy Chairman (2) and Kashim Shettima, its vice-presidential candidate as Vice Chairman of the council.

Adams Oshiomhole, a former chairman of the APC was also appointed as deputy director-general (Operations), Hadiza Bala Usman, a former managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) – deputy director-general (Admin), while Hon. James Faleke will serve as the secretary to the council.

The list also consists of the names of serving as well as former State Governors of the party, ministers and senators who are still members of the APC, Board of Trustees, among others.

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