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APC Reconciliation : Badaru , Lalong Brief Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received Governors Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa and Simon Lalong of Plateau in a bid to unite members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo, Ogun and Oyo States.
The APC recently inaugurated a five-member reconciliation committee chaired by Badaru, to reconcile aggrieved members of the party in Imo and Ogun States.
Other members of the committee are Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State and Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State.
Badaru spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with the vice president. “I met with the Vice President as a party leader to discuss the assignment that the party has given to me to see how best we can unite and make the party strong in Imo, Ogun and Oyo.
“I briefed him on what we have done so far and he gave us some suggestions on how to do the job very well.
“In addition to that, I briefed him today for the zero oil committee; we met today and we are charting our progress and a new agenda for the development of non-oil exports.
“It is just to make sure that the party is strong and is back again and if there are ripples among members of the party; bring them together and make sure we have one strong and powerful party,” he said.
For his part, Lalong said that the meeting with the Vice President was in continuation of the committee’s assignment to reconcile the parties.
According to the governor, the committee has started the reconciliation work concerning Imo, Ogun and Oyo states but the vice president’s input is needed.
“We need some information from him to also assist us in reconciling the parties; that was why we came here to consult him.
“As a very senior party man, he can always give advice; he gave his own advice on how to go about it because he is very much interested in reconciliation within the party; to guide us.
“So, we have taken the advice and we are going back; especially, one of the states is his state; he is from Ogun.
“And as part of the reconciliation, he is also from Ogun; you cannot do reconciliation without consulting him; he knows everybody that is there; he knows part of the problems that are there; so, he can always give us advice as to how to go about it,” he said.
Lalong said that as the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, consultations were being made to resolve the Southern Kaduna crisis.
He said he had issued a statement in respect to the crisis condemning the crisis and also calling for calm and proper investigation.
“What happened in Southern Kaduna also happened in Plateau State before. “In addition to that, on my own, I had a meeting with some Southern Kaduna people and I went back to the governor.
“Two days ago, I was in Kaduna to inform the governor that we are having meetings; that we will help him.
“After consultations, we will still come back and sit down with the governor because we must see the end of this crisis,” he said.

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I Can’t Wait To Face Ronaldo – Osimhen

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Victor Osimhen is looking forward to coming up against Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A this season, reports Completesports.com.
Osimhen joined Napoli from Ligue 1 club Lille in July.
The new season in Italy will start this weekend with Napoli facing Parma in their first game of the campaign.
Napoli’s first tough fixture of the season will be away to champions Juventus on matchday three.
The game will see Osimhen come up against Ronaldo for the first time in his career.
“I’m really looking forward to a new career here in Serie A. Playing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo is something one can eagerly wait for,”Osimhen told cafonline.com.
“While at Lille, I had the opportunity of playing against some of the best players in the world like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and it would definitely be a whole great experience to play against Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest playeon earth.
“So, I’m looking forward to facing him soon.”
The Nigeria international scored six goals and provided one assist in three pre-season outings for the Partenopei.

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Five new signings to watch in Serie A

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There will be a clutch of new faces when the 2020/21 Serie A season kicks off this weekend.
AFP Sport looks at five new signings to look out for in Italy this season :
Victor Osimhen ( Napoli )
Napoli paid French club Lille a club record fee of up to 80 million euros ( $94 .6 million ) to bring Nigeria forward to southern Italy on a five- year deal .
The total fee is almost double Napoli’ s previous club record of around 40 million euros paid for Gonzalo Higuain in 2013 and Hirving Lozano last year .
Osimhen scored 18 times last season and was one of the revelations of France ’ s curtailed campaign with 13 Ligue 1 goals as Lille finished fourth .
“ For me , being here means having made a big leap in quality , ” said the 21- year – old .
Napoli finished seventh in Serie A and qualified for the Europa League after winning the Italian Cup , their first trophy in six years .
Weston McKennie ( Juventus)
Weston McKennie joined Juventus on a season – long loan from Bundesliga club Schalke and will become the first American to play for the Italian champions.
McKennie , 22, moves to Turin for an initial fee of 4 . 5 million euros.
The deal includes an obligation for Juventus to buy the midfielder for 18 .5 million euros if certain targets are met this season .
The US international spent four years in Germany and made 91 appearances for Schalke, but the Bundesliga club found itself in a perilous financial situation after the coronavirus pandemic .
“ Playing with Cristiano Ronaldo , seeing how he moves and how he works will bring me great benefits, ” said McKennie before Juventus ’s first game against Sampdoria on Sunday.
Achraf Hakimi ( Inter Milan )
Real Madrid full- back Achraf Hakimi joined Serie A club Inter Milan for a reported fee of 40 million euros plus five million euros in bonuses .
As part of the sale , Madrid has negotiated a clause giving them first refusal on the Morocco international for the next five years .
Achraf , who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund , has joined the Serie A runners – up on a contract until June 2025 .
The pacy defender will bolster Antonio Conte ’ s defense , occupying the right flank where neither Antonio Candreva nor Victor Moses fully convinced last season .
Vedat Muriqi ( Lazio)
Kosovo international striker Vedat Muriqi arrives from Turkish club Fenerbahce to support Lazio’ s Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile as the club return to the Champions League after a 13 – year break .
Simone Inzaghi’ s side is reported to have spent 20 million euros ( $23 million ) for the services of the 26 – year – old forward on a five- year deal .
Immobile scored 36 goals last season as the Romans challenged for a first Serie A title since 2000, eventually finishing fourth having been just one point behind Juventus before the coronavirus break .
Aleksei Miranchuk ( Atalanta )
Atalanta signed versatile Russian attacking midfielder Aleksei Miranchuk from Lokomotiv Moscow just after their Champions League last- eight exit with Slovenian striker Josip Illcic absent because of personal and psychological problems .
Miranchuk scored 12 goals in the Russian league last season and two against Juventus in the Champions League .
The Bergamo side paid a reported 20 million euros for the 24- year – old , who can play in a central attacking midfield role or as a winger on either flank for last season ’ s Serie A top scorers .
Miranchuk will be separated from his twin brother Anton for the first time after they emerged together at Lokomotiv and in the Russian national team.

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Osaka withdraws from 2020 French Open

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Japan ’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury .
The 22- year – old had her left hamstring taped when she battled back against Victoria Azarenka in the U . S . Open final in New York on Saturday to win her third Grand Slam title.
“ Unfortunately , I won’ t be able to play the French Open this year ,” the world number three wrote on social media in a message she also posted in Japanese .
“ My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this time .
“ I wish the organizers and players all the best . ”
French Open will be held from Sept . 27 to Oct . 11 after being moved from its usual late May – June slot due to the coronavirus pandemic .
The hamstring issue had prompted Osaka to withdraw from the final of the Western & Southern Open in the run – up to the U .S . Open but it did not appear to hamper her at Flushing Meadows .
Osaka made headlines in New York as much for her performances on court as for her commitment to social justice causes.
For each of her U . S . Open matches she wore a different mask that carried the name of a Black American , aiming to highlight racial injustice in the United States to a wider audience .
The withdrawal of Osaka, who has never advanced past the third round at Roland Garros , comes as another blow to the tournament after world number one Ash Barty of Australia said she would not be defending her title due to COVID- 19 concerns.
On the men’ s side, Roger Federer will not compete as he continues to recover from knee surgery .
Osaka’ s absence would improve Serena Williams’ s chances of winning a record- tying 24th Grand Slam title if the American chooses to play .
The 38- year – old has pulled out of the Italian Open with an Achilles issue .
The French Tennis Federation ( FFT ) said on Thursday it would allow 5,000 spectators per day following a recent spike in COVID- 19 cases in the country.
It had previously said the clay court major would permit a maximum of 11 ,500 fans per day.

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