Mikel, Moses lead Super Eagles against England’s Three Lions

Bunmi Ogunyale
Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses returned to the national team line up as they file out against the Three Lions of England at the magnificent Wembley Stadium this evening.

Both players were not listed in their one-all draw against DR Congo at the Adokie Amasiaemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt last week.

Deportivo La Corona of Spain rookie, Francis kept his place in goal, while Brigton’s new signing Leon Balogun, Bryan Idowu, William Troost Ekong and Shehu Abdullahi will marshal Nigeria’s defence.

Captain Obi Mikel will spare head the midfield alongside Joel Obi, Alex Iwobi and Ogenyi Onazi while the duo of Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo lead Nigeria assault upfront.

The substitutes are; Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Kenneth Omeruo, Mikel Agu, Chidozie Awaziem, Simeon Nwankwo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, John Ogu, Tyronne Ebuehi, Ola Aina, Elders on Echiejile, Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi.

The tie will kick off at 5 p.m.

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APC Convention: Uwajumogu out, Ndoma-Egba in as new secretary


Barely three weeks to the June 23 national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the secretary of the Convention Planning Committee, Sen. Benjamin Uwajumogu has resigned his appointment due to what he said were “domestic” reasons beyond his control.

In his place, the party has appointed the Chairman of the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba.

Confirming the development in a chat with Sunday Vanguard, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi said the party hierarchy had since accepted the resignation of Sen. Uwajumogu. He dismissed reports that the former secretary was forced to resign as a way of acquiescing to the demands of his state governor, Rochas Okorocha who had threatened to dump the ruling party should his request for a new Scribe be turned down.

“It is not a tradeoff. To the best of my knowledge, the reasons he gave were personal and the National Working Committee NWC has appointed…

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Gov promotes his Chief of Staff as deputy

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has nominated his Chief of Staff, Audu Sule Katagum, to serve as his deputy.

The Commissioner for Information, Umar Sade, confirmed the nomination to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Bauchi.

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“The governor nominated Audu Sule Katagum as the deputy governor after due consultation with stakeholders in the state,” he said.

It would be recalled that the erstwhile deputy governor, Nuhu Gidado, resigned his appointment about two weeks ago.

Information Officer of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Mr. Lamara Chinade, also confirmed to NAN on Saturday that Katagum’s name has been submitted to the House for confirmation.

“The name was submitted last week and the House may sit next week to confirm his nomination,” he told NAN.



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Ekiti APC suspends governorship campaign, says Fayemi was target of shooting

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti on Saturday said it had suspended its gubernatorial campaign earlier scheduled to take off on Monday.

The suspension came as the police command in the state released the report of Friday’s shooting incident at the APC rally organised to welcome back to the state its flagbearer in the July 14 governorship election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chairman of the party in the state, Jide Awe, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti that the postponement was due to the shooting incident.

According to Awe, the suspension will remain in place until the Police can guarantee the safety of its gubernatorial candidate and other members of the party.

He insisted that Friday’s shooting was an attempt to take the life of Fayemi, with the bullet, however, hitting a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele.

Awe demanded a thorough investigation of the matter by the police, insisting that the outcome of the…

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