46 — Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 North Central, Northwest Youths push Turaki presidential bid By Marie-Therese Nanlong JOS—YOUTHS from the North Central and North West geo-political zones of the country have called on Kabiru Turaki, the immediate past Minister for Special Duties during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan to vie for the Presidential seat in 2019. The youths unanimously agreed that the former Minister has what it takes to lead the country and make impact on the youths having done much for the youths in his personal capacity before joining politics. At a meeting weekend in Jos, Plateau State, the youths under the auspices of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Transform Nigeria Group noted that Jos was a watershed in Nigeria politics hence their decision to gather in the city to call on the former minister to heed their call to contest for the seat. Addressing the gathering, the National Coordinator of the group, Idris Zahiri said: “As the 2019 political movement kick-starts, we felt it necessary to make :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 known our resolution to support Alhaji Kabiru Turaki as we hope that he will heed to our clarion call on him to accept to vie for the seat of the President under our great Party, Peoples Democratic Party. We are also calling on the big opposition Party in Africa, PDP to give Kabiru Turaki the ticket as we are sure he will deliver at the end of time.'' L AGOS—RETURNEE India-trained graduate engineers of the Dangote Refinery have promised to deploy the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to ensure Nigeria is saved the embarrassment of fuel scarcity when the refinery come on stream. The engineers, who described their experience as second to none in the history of Nigeria's oil and gas sector said never again would Nigeria experience fuel scarcity as the Dangote refinery would be operated in the 2019 PRESIDENCY: Consensus northern candidate impossible in 2019 — NORTHERN LEADERS By Soni Daniel BARELY a day after some northern leaders converged on Abuja and hinted of shopping for a consensus candidate for next year’s presidential election, many northern leaders yesterday opposed the move, saying it was not a workable idea. most efficient manner. Dangote Oil Refinery Company had in preparation for take-off sent in batches local graduate engineers to Bharat Refinery in India, arguably the biggest in the world for training in refinery operation and production. The nation is anxiously awaiting the Dangote refinery with a capacity to produce 650,000 bpd to commence operation as the country’s four refinery have gone comatose. Reliving their experience to the management of the company on return one after another, at the •Say advocates seeking relevance They also chided the proponents of the idea, saying that they were simply floating the option to regain some level of relevance, having lost out in the political arena. Among those who spoke to Vanguard on the issue were the Convener of the Coalition of Northern Dangote Refinery returnee graduate engineers promise an end to fuel scarcity Refinery premises at Lekki, Lagos the engineers said they had both theory and practical training in India and also a very rare opportunity to witness a refinery of the Dangote’s size being built from the scratch. Opeyemi Oyedepo, process engineer and Igwe John, petroleum and gas engineer told the management how they were made to be part of trouble shooting during their training, a development that boosted their confidence that Dangote Refinery with most modern facilities would eradicate perennial fuel scarcity in Nigeria. Groups, Alhaji Abdulazeez Suleiman and the President of the Arewa Youth Forum, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Gujungu, who expressed disappointment over the claim that the north was shopping for a consensus candidate for 2019. Suleiman pointed out that those who met in Abuja on Saturday and broached the idea of a consensus northern presidential candidate spoke for themselves and could not therefore ascribe their suggestion to the entire north. Suleiman said: “Let us face the reality and accept that it is not possible for the north to pick a consensus candidate for 2019. It is not just possible. Those talking about it want to create confusion and in the process become relevant. Those who were at the Saturday meeting in Abuja are simply promoting the political interest of one of the presidential aspirants from Sokoto and should therefore not try to link that with the entire north. The advocates are aware that they are irrelevant in the current political dispensation and are looking for public attention.” On his part, Gujungu described the meeting as strange and self-seeking as the conveners attempted to impose their wishful thinking on the entity called north to gain attention. Gujungu said: “Such a warped suggestion of a northern consensus candidate is not only laughable but is equally unworkable because it would breach the constitutional rights of individuals to freely choose their leaders. “What I believe in strongly is that the presidency will still come to their north but who that would be and on what platform, no one can say.” It will be recalled that top northern leaders had converged on Abuja on Saturday to forge a new direction for the region during which they propped up the idea of a consensus candidate chosen by the north. SIGNING AGREEMENT BETWEEN NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION & NIGERIA BREWERIES PLC The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF during the weekend signed a N2.5 billion deal with Nigeria Breweries PLC in Lagos. Mr Amaju Pinnick, President, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF (3rd right) and Borrut Bel, MD, Nigeria Breweries, NB PLC (4th left); NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi (3rd left); 2nd Vice President, Shehu Dikko (2nd left), Maria Maggi, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc (left); Mike Itemuagbor, MD Pamodzi Sports Marketing (right) and Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, NB PLC (2nd right) at the signing. HAPPY TO BE HERE! Bel (left) appears to be telling Amaju Pinnick. Bel (left) and Pinnick. Pinnick and Bel (holding 2018), are joined by Akinwunmi (5th left), Dikko (2nd right), Ikpeme (left), Ekanem (right) and former Nigeria internationals; Odegbami, Nwosu, Rufai, Eguavoen, Siasia, Amokachi, Adepoju, Lawal, Chiejine and Igunbor.
SPE, foundation play golf to heal ailing hearts By Egufe Yafugborhi THE Annual Open Golf Tournament of the Nigerian Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) ended in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Saturday, with participants reaching out to improve awareness on care for the heart and support recovery of those with ailing hearts. The event, 3rd in the series and held at the Port Harcourt Gulf Club, attracted notable golfers and enthusiasts including Amayanabo of Twon-Brass, Alfred Diette Spiff and GOC 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj Gen Musa Yusuf, who represented Chief of Army, Maj Gen T.Y. Buratai as Special Guest. Mourinho’s curse continues at St. James’ Park JOSE MOURINHO endured yet more misery at St James’ Park – as his old enemy Rafa Benitez hammered the final nail into Manchester United’s title coffin. Portuguese boss Mourinho has never won on Tyneside in the Premier League. And that run extended to seven matches after Matt Ritchie stunned the visitors with a 65th-minute winner. Defeat for Mourinho’s men means they are now 16 points behind runaway league leaders Manchester City with just 11 games to go. And the best United can now surely hope for is the runners-up spot. How Newcastle boss Benitez will have loved getting one over Mourinho, who he has feuded with for more than a decade. But more importantly, this was a precious three points in the Toon’s battle to beat the drop. And from being in the relegation zone before kickoff, they are now up to as high as 13th – albeit still only two points above the bottom three. This was Newcastle’s first win at St James’ in nine attempts – and nobody would have predicted it. •Mourinho Eagles ‘ll win Russia 2018 World Cup – Amokachi By Jacob Ajom Former Super Eagles forward Daniel Amokachi has made the strongest prediction ever, on the chances of Africa’s participation in this year’s FIFA World Cup, claiming that Nigeria will emerge world champions for the first time. Amokachi who was at the partnership signing ceremony between NFF and Nigerian Breweries said the Eagles have a very Dalung hosts Nigerian marathon winners • Congratulates Lagos State Govt The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung will receive the the first Nigerian male and female runners to reach the finish line By John Egbokhan Things are looking up for Nigerian teams campaigning in the CAF Champions League, following positive results achieved by Plateau United and Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC at the weekend. Nigerian champions, at the just concluded Acces Bank Lagos City Marathon on Tuesday in Abuja. Barrister Dalung will also present monetary incentives of Five hundred thousand Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 — 47 Eagles World Cup plan excites Siasia wards to weather the storm. “It is going to be one game at a time. I am happy the focus is not only on the Argentina match as we also have Croatia and Iceland. Croatia are a technical side and Iceland have a disciplined side that hits you after which they will park a bus.” He said the level of commitment from the current Super Eagles players was top notch “because they are well bred professional. “I was asked in the studio, where I work about the chances of African representatives at the World Cup this year, I was emphatic. I said four teams from Africa would be in the second round, three teams from Africa would be in the quarter final, two in the semi final and one will be in the final. And Nigeria will win the World Cup. That is what I said, that is what I believe. You may have your own belief.” CAF Champions League: Plateau Utd win, MFM draw Plateau United cantered off to a dream start in the preliminary round of CAF’s Premier cup competition, defeating visiting Eding Sport of Cameroon 3-0 in Jos. It was a first leg encounter with the coach Kennedy Boboye-tinkered Plateau United putting big smiles on their fans faces with three goals scored while keeping a •Eagles bright chance of lifting the trophy. “I am their number one fan. We have a bunch of new generation players who are from the diaspora, who started from academies at early age and played through the ranks to the national team. They understood the game at an early age and that impacted on the team’s performance throughout the qualifiers.” The 1994 and 1998 World Cup hero said Eagles’ World Cup group appears tough but he believes in the ability of the Coach Gernot Rohr’s •Mr. Ziad Maalouf(m), MD Seven-Up, his wife Rosy wee among the runners during the Lagos City Marathon on Saturday. naira to each winner. The Minister made the pledge at the medals presentation ceremony at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island Lagos at the end of the clean slate, heading into the second leg tie. In another game featuring a Nigerian team, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC, played out a thrilling 1-1 with Real Bamako of Mali in Bamako. MFM FC, finished second in the NPFL last term and their away performance against a strong Real 2018 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Iliya Pam of Plateau state was the first Nigerian male to breast the tape while Deborah Pam also won the in the women’s category. The Minister will also receive two children who completed 22km and 10km respectively. He pledged to support their running career with N100,000 each to encourage them. “I wish to announce the sum of five hundred thousand naira each to the first male and female Nigerians to complete the marathon. The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria should bring them to my office, as well as the two children who ran 22km and 10km respectively. Bamako team portends great things for a side making their debut in the continent’s flagship competition. MFM will head into the reverse leg in Lagos in high spirit, hopeful of getting the goals that will send them into the next round of the competition. Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia is happy with the friendly matches lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The Super Eagles will take on Poland, Serbia, DR Congo and England before the World Cup which is scheduled to be hosted by Russia. “It is a joyful thing for every Nigerian that we have qualified and going to fly our flag in Russia but as we all know, World Cup is all about preparations,” Siasiasaid. “The coach (Gernot Rohr) and the FA need to do everything possible to carry out the World Cup plans. Fine, we have seen partnerships here and there but we need to do so much more. “Personally, I will commend Nigerian Breweries for coming up to partner with the NFF, because they need something like that to make things easy for them ahead of the World Cup,” he said. Iwobi begs Arsenal fans after loss to Tottenham Alex Iwobi has sent a message to Arsenal fans in the wake of the painful 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday at the National Stadium in London, saying they are prepared to right the wrongs in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Alhajji Gero’s Ostersunds FK. The Nigeria international was not named in Arsenal’s starting line-up for the first time in eight matches across all competitions but came off the bench as replacement for Mohamed Elneny in the 65th minute of the contest. Writing on Instagram, Iwobi stated : ‘’Being an Arsenal fan myself, Saturday’s defeat was very disappointing and hard to take. Conte: Sacking me ‘ll be stupid Antonio Conte has suggested he should not have to win silverware to save his job at Chelsea. Blues boss Conte lifted the Premier League trophy in his first year in England but has come under increasing pressure this season after failing to mount a title defence. Conte, who has a contract until the summer of 2019, believes the relationship between a club and their manager is more important than winning trophies. “I think that you continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season, but because you trust in him,” said Conte. “Then you build something with him. “But it doesn’t mean you have to win something, because that’s not simple. Conte