Things You May Have Missed Over the Weekend
By Olamide Fadoju
Governorship Elections Hold in Bayelsa and Kogi
The people of Kogi and Bayelsa State respectively, went to the polls on Saturday, November 16, to elect a new governor.
In the Bayelsa election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Monday, declared candidate of the APC the winner with 352,552 votes while his closest challenger, Douye Diri of the PDP polled 143,172 votes.
The results for the Kogi elections will be announced on Monday.
President Buhari Returns From Private Trip
President Muhammadu Buhari returned from a private visit to the United Kingdom two days ahead of schedule.
The President had been on a 15–day “private visit” in the United Kingdom since November 2. He was due to return on November 17.
President Muhammadu Buhari granting an interview to NTA and Channels TV last night at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, after his arrival from London. pic.twitter.com/8JHrRTZhGi— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) November 16, 2019
While speaking to reporters on arrival, he said he intends to work harder and be accountable to Nigerians.
Super Eagles Soar But Olympic Eagles Dive
Two Nigeria male teams had contrasting fortunes during the weekend.
The men senior team, the Super eagles strengthened their bid to qualify for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) by beating Lesotho 4-2 in an AFCON qualifier in Maseru on Sunday.
FT Lesotho 2-4 Nigeria. Eagles displayed strong spirit and resilience to take all three points in Maseru from a hard fighting Lesotho #TotalAFCON2021Q #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong pic.twitter.com/Nl78cIq5It— 🇳🇬 Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) November 17, 2019
Meanwhile, Nigeria will have no representative in men football at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the Olympic Eagles crashed out of the U-23 AFCON with a 0-0 draw to South Africa in Cairo on Friday.
The Olympic Eagles failed to make the semifinal by finishing third in Group B with four points from three matches. Only the Top 3 teams at the tournament will represent the continent at the Olympics next year.
President Buhari Explains Disengagement of Staff
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday explained the recent sacking in the Presidency saying it was just a reorganization and shouldn’t be given political/ethnic undertones.
The Presidency earlier announced downsizing of its staff including the sacking of aides of Vice President Osinbajo
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) November 16, 2019
PRESIDENT BUHARI EXPLAINS REORGANIZATION AT THE PRESIDENCY
President @MBuhari has explained that the ongoing reorganization at the Presidential Villa is aimed at enhancing service delivery to Nigerians.
Fielding questions from State House Correspondents at the Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, shortly after his arrival from London on Friday night, ...— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) November 16, 2019
... President @MBuhari said it is unfortunate that the recent disengagement of some political appointees from the presidency had been given “ethnic and political” interpretations.— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) November 16, 2019
“They said 35 people were sacked in the Vice President’s office. We just created some ministries and we reorganized and people are giving it ethnic and political dimensions. It is unfortunate.” — President @MBuhari— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) November 16, 2019
More Teams Secure Places at EURO 2020
Defending Champions Portugal and World Champions, France on Sunday secured their place at the UEFA European Football Championship in 2020.
The Group Qualifying stage which wrapped up over the weekend also saw Austria, Croatia, Germany, and Holland book their spot at next years finale.
16 teams have so far qualified for the 24-team tournament. The remaining eight spots will be determined by playoffs.
Which teams have qualified for Euro 2020?— Bokline Sports (@BoklineS) November 17, 2019
QUALIFICATION for the Euros began just weeks after the 2018 World Cup finished in Russia. So far, the teams who have confirmed their place in Euro 2020 are👇: pic.twitter.com/mtJQloVgba