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Football: Mikel set for Stoke debut, handed No.13 jersey

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Mikel Obi is in line to make his competitive debut for Stoke City when the Potters take on Blackpool in a Carabao Cup first -round tie at the bet 365 Stadium on Saturday ( today) .


Mikel , who recently joined the Sky Bet Championship club on a free transfer , scored in Stoke’ s friendly win against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday .
The former Chelsea player started the game and was replaced at half -time by Tom Ince, who was also on target at the Clayton Wood.
“ If you look at John ( Obi Mikel ) for example , he ’s not played since March because he terminated his contract at
Trabzonspor , ” Stoke City manager Michael O’ Neil told a news conference.
“ John has settled in really well , trained really hard and we ’ve just got to build up his fitness and his minutes .”
He has also been handed the No .13 jersey at the club previously worn by another Nigerian Victor Moses during the 2014 / 15 season.
While allocating the squad number the club wrote on its website wrote , “ Stoke City ’s summer signings have been allocated their squad numbers for the 2020 / 21 campaign .
“ The Potters have brought in Morgan Fox , James Chester , Steven Fletcher , and Mikel on permanent deals so far in the summer window .
“ Fox and Fletcher , both arrivals from Sheffield Wednesday , have been allocated numbers 3 and 21 respectively.
“ Chester retains the number 12 he donned during the second half of last season during his loan spell from Aston Villa .
“ Meanwhile, Mikel will wear the number 13 for the new season after joining the Potters 11 days ago .”

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Edo Election : “APC Was Going To Win, I Don’t Know What Happened” – El – Rufai

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Monday suggested he was surprised at the loss of the All Progressive Congress in the recently concluded Edo State Governorship Election.
The Governor said three weeks to the election, polls indicated that the APC was set to win.
However, on Sunday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared incumbent Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election and Governor of the state for the next four years.
“We would have loved to win,” El-Rufai said, during an interview on Sunrise Daily. “Quite frankly I was optimistic.
“Up to three weeks ago, the polls indicated that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last two, three weeks of the campaign.
“As you know, a large number of voters make up their minds in the last two weeks of election. Many voters decide, no matter what happens, this is how I am voting. But most people want to wait and watch and make up their minds in the last two weeks.
“Three weeks ago, the polls clearly showed that APC was going to win, but the results came out differently from what we expected.”
However, El-Rufai commended how the election played out and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his policy of non-interference in elections.
“The election was reasonably decent,” he said. “We were all worried about violence; there was very little violence or none at all. So Obaseki has won, that’s it. You can’t go into an election without adverting your mind to the possibility of losing.
“And one thing President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has always done is to say that there must be free and fair election and the people’s choice must prevail.
“And the President has never used what is called Federal Might that other governments have used in the past to steal elections. We always insist that everyone should go and pitch to the people and may the best man win. And we can live with it.”

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UAE May Reverse Visa Restriction On Nigerians Today Amid Airline ’s Ban

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Barring any last-minute hitches, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will today, review the visa restriction placed on Nigerian travellers, following the ban of Emirates Airlines from the most populous black nation.
Sources at the company’s office in Lagos confirmed that the issue was being reviewed, and the “right” diplomatic approach taken.
This came as aviation stakeholders commended the Federal Government for going “tough and playing tit-for-tat with countries that would not accept Nigerian travellers into their domains.”
The Federal Government, following pressure from some quarters, banned Emirates Airlines from Lagos and Abuja airports, effective today, over refusal to grant fresh visa applications submitted by Nigerians.
The government earlier banned European carriers, with the exception of British Airways, over travel restrictions.
Emirates officials said: “We have met with the Nigerian government on this issue, and we assured them that we will resolve it. We are presently working on it.”
“I hope this issue will be resolved before Monday. One thing I will assure you is that the issue will be resolved earlier than expected,” a manager said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Finchglow Travels, Bankole Bernard, said assurances had been given on the matter.
He noted that Nigeria was third-biggest market to Emirates, adding that the UAE would do everything to sustain their operations.
“UAE should have resolved this matter long ago. The ban means that they will lose the market, and they know the implication. A market lost is never easily regained. Right now, we are certain that the ban will only affect Monday flights, and hoping that things will be normal by Tuesday,” he added.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, at the weekend, via his twitter handle, announced the suspension of Emirates Airlines from Nigeria, saying the ban would take effect from today.
“Emirates Airlines’ situation was reviewed, and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday, September 21, 2020,” he said.
The President Muhammadu Buhari administration had in August warned that Nigeria would activate the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to resume operations in the country as it reopens its airspace.
It said the decision was informed by the embargoing on flights from Nigeria by some nations.
Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Angolan TAG, Air Namibia and Royal Air Maroc were not approved to operate flights into the country.
Aviation stakeholder, Julius Akintunde, said the measures were in the best interest of the economy.
Also speaking, Secretary-General of the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI), Group Capt. John Ojikutu (rtd), urged that the reciprocity should be done with caution in order for the Nigerian market not to be undermined by neighbours.

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APC Moves To Take Over Power In Abia, Commences LG Tour

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As part of moves to reposition the party for the 2023 election, the Abia State chapter of APC has commenced a tour across the 17 local government areas in the state.
The party also says the tour will allow it to hold town hall meetings with key stakeholders.
In a statement issued on Saturday by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Comrade Benedict Godson this tour which is geared towards taking the APC to a new height took off from Umuahia South Local Government Area.
The party Chairman, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa led a delegation of states Exco to a Town Union Meeting.
The release says, “The Chairman made it clear that the meeting is aimed at taking APC to the grassroots, as every politics is local. He stressed that no politician or party can function properly without a strong grassroots support.
“The party will extend the Town Hall Meeting to other LGAs with the aim of reawakening the grassroots political zeal of all our members for the task ahead and cohesion and harmony.”
Comrade Godson also said that the meeting had in attendance Sen. Chris Adighije, Prof.Chinedu Ihedigbo, Hon. Chidi Nwosu, Chief Friday Ebenezer, Chief Marc. O. Orji, and Chief Iyke Agbanyin.
He also adds, “Also present at the opening of the tour are: Barr. Perfect Okorie (APC Secretary), Comrade Benedict Godson (Publicity Secretary), State Legal Adviser, State Youth leader, State Special Leader, State Treasurer, State financial Secretary, and the State Asst. Secretary.
“Others are two Zonal Chairmen and other Zonal party leaders, the 3 State Zonal Woman leaders, LGA leaders, Ward leaders, Women leaders, and Youth leaders.”
While speaking on the tour, Sen. Chris Adighije said the party has started a movement for complete victory.
He described the tour as a wonderful idea and advised the Chairman to ensure that the tour is carried out all over the 17 LGAs.
He commended the Chairman and his Exco for mapping out the idea of the tour.
He assured that the APC members in Umuahia South will make sure that they do their homework properly and push APC to a winning status in the LGA.
Sen. Chris Adighije prayed for all the members of the party in Umuahia South asking God to promote each and every one of them to greater heights.
He advised them to embrace peace and remain resolute.

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