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Sevilla expecting new offer from Man City for Jules Kounde

Sevilla are expecting an offer from Manchester City for Jules Kounde. Marca says City failed with an opening offer for the 22-year-old defender, but they haven't given up on securing his services just yet. Pep Guardiola has become a big fan of the Frenchman and how he plays, so he doesn't want to let the opportunity to sign him pass him by. City have the money to pay for Kounde's transfer fee and are the only contenders for his signature - it's just about convincing Sevilla to let him go. Kounde has a release clause of 80 million euros at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, which City won't match. Their first offer of 50 million euros plus five million in add-ons is expected to rise the second time around - and this time Sevilla could find it hard to say no.
British MMA Star, Jahreau Shepherd is Dead
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British MMA Star, Jahreau Shepherd is Dead

British MMA fighter, Jahreau Shepherd, 30, has tragically died. The welterweight champion, nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’ is believed to have died suddenly on Saturday, with no cause of death yet confirmed. Shepherd’s death was confirmed by his MMA promoters ‘the Contenders’ in a tweet via its official Twitter account on Sunday. “The tweet read “Everyone at Contenders is absolutely devastated to hear of Jahreau Shepherd‘s death. “Jay, our welterweight champion, was hugely talented and great fun to be around, a big personality with a huge smile and infectious laugh. “Inside the cage, he was destined for the top – a champion in three different organizations with heavy hands and a warrior’s heart. “Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this terrible time...
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Orders Arrests of Saudi Arabia king’s Brother, Cousin, Over an alleged Coup Attempt.
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Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Orders Arrests of Saudi Arabia king’s Brother, Cousin, Over an alleged Coup Attempt.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has ordered the arrest of two senior members of the royal family, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the younger brother of King Salman, and Mohammed bin Nayef, the king's nephew over an alleged coup attempt. They were taken from their homes early on Friday by black-clad royal guards, the Wall Street Journal reported, adding that they have been accused of treason. The Saudi royal court has accused the two men, once potential contenders for the throne, of 'plotting a coup to unseat the king and crown prince' and could face lifetime imprisonment or execution, the newspaper said. Prince Nayef, a once powerful figure as head of Saudi counter-terrorism efforts, had been crown prince until 2017 when King Salman took away the title and put his son Prince Moham...
Guinea Bissau interim president quits after death threats
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Guinea Bissau interim president quits after death threats

The man appointed interim president of Guinea-Bissau by the side beaten in the December presidential election has stepped down because of death threats, less than two days after being nominated. “Given the death threats against me and my bodyguards, I have decided to give up the role of interim president for which I was nominated, to avoid a bloodbath in Guinea-Bissau,” said Cipriano Cassama. “I fear for my physical integrity,” he said in a press statement, less than 48 hours after he was appointed by the country’s historic ruling party, the PAIGC. “My life and that of my family is in danger. I have no security,” he said, adding that soldiers had come for his bodyguards on Friday. But he said he would stay on as leader of the National Assembly. The PAIGC has dominated politi...
Why I Don’t Want Liverpool to Win Premier League Title – Pogba
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Why I Don’t Want Liverpool to Win Premier League Title – Pogba

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has said that he does not want Liverpool to win the Premier League title, but admitted they would be deserving champions. Liverpool could become the first club to win the title in March and are contenders to finish the season unbeaten “As a Manchester United player and with the rivalry between us, we don’t want them to win the title. “We don’t want anyone else to win apart from us, but as a football lover and a respectful player to opposition team, I have to say that they deserve to be where they are today,” Pogba told ESPN. Pogba has not played for Manchester United since December 26 because of injury. The World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Juventus and Real Madrid.
Mourinho Names two Surprise Teams that Might Finish in Top Four
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Mourinho Names two Surprise Teams that Might Finish in Top Four

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has said Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United, are genuine contenders for the Premier League’s top four places. Mourinho, speaking with Sky Sports, also praised Nuno Espírito Santo and Chris Wilder respectively, for the work they have done this season. Sheffield are currently in fifth place, two points off Chelsea in fourth. Wolves occupy the ninth position with 35 points, despite having to play in the Europa League too. “Wolves and Sheffield United are fighting for the top four, [the managers] can say no, I understand if they say no, but the reality is that they are. Not just because of the position that they are in the table, it is because of the power and quality. “They arrive in this situation wherein the eyes of ever...
Man Utd won’t be challengers until at least 2021′ – Neville sees need for ‘a lot of change’
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Man Utd won’t be challengers until at least 2021′ – Neville sees need for ‘a lot of change’

The former Red Devils defender believes those at Old Trafford are another couple of years away from being Premier League title contenders Manchester United will not be Premier League title challengers until at least 2021, says Gary Neville, with “a lot of change” required at Old Trafford. The Red Devils found themselves stuck in another rut at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. A season that opened with optimism and hope under Jose Mourinho, ended with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer overseeing a sixth-place finish.
Senegal are not favourites to win the Afcon title – Moussa Konate
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Senegal are not favourites to win the Afcon title – Moussa Konate

Having not won the continental title previously, the 26-year-old has dismissed suggestions that they are major contenders for the trophy in Egypt Moussa Konate has played down expectations that Senegal are favourites to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) which starts on June 21. Senegal qualified for the African showpiece without a defeat, winning five games and drawing one to emerge as Group A leaders with 10 points. The impressive performances earned them top spot as the best football nation in Africa and 23rd in the world on the last Fifa ranking release.
Get away from Hazard to Become Better’ – Liverpool Legend tells Chelsea
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Get away from Hazard to Become Better’ – Liverpool Legend tells Chelsea

Liverpool legend, John Barnes, has advised Chelsea to let their best player, Eden Hazard, leave. Liverpool benefited from a parting with Philippe Coutinho two seasons ago and Barnes feels those at Stamford Bridge should consider doing the same. Barnes said it’s time to “get away from Eden Hazard” as the Reds did with Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool agreed to part with the Brazil international playmaker, Coutinho, in the winter transfer window of 2018. Before then, Coutinho had been a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, but was allowed to move to Barcelona. Liverpool moved on to become serious contenders for the Premier League and Champions League crowns. Chelsea now find themselves in a similar position when it comes to Belgium forward, Hazard. The Reds legend told beIN...
Paul Merson Predicts Winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea
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Paul Merson Predicts Winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea

Former Premier League star, Paul Merson, has predicted this week’s clash between Manchester United and Chelsea. Burnley picked up a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Manchester United, on the other hand, lost 4-0 to Everton last weekend and followed it up with 2-0 loss to city rivals, Manchester City on Wednesday. Merson said the game between the two top four contenders will end 2-1 in favour of Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s men. He told Sky Sports, “I expect United to win, believe it or not. I think [Marcus] Rashford will be too much for the Chelsea defence. “I watch Chelsea, if Eden Hazard doesn’t turn up it’s difficult, or if teams keep him quiet. You’ve seen teams do it before. “I don’t think there’s a lot between the teams, N’Golo Kante being injured c...
Pogba Reportedly Tells Solskjaer he Wants to Leave Man United
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Pogba Reportedly Tells Solskjaer he Wants to Leave Man United

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has already informed the club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he wants to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid this summer, according to OK Diaro director, Eduardo Inda. Inda said Pogba has told Solskjaer about his desire to join the La Liga giants at the end of the season, adding that the signing of the France international is almost done. Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to the La Liga giants in recent weeks. Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has already expressed his admiration for Pogba, adding that the midfielder could move to the Santiago Bernabeu, when he leaves Manchester United. Zidane returned to the Bernabeu at the start of March and has been promised a huge summer transfer kitty, to turn Real Madrid back in...
Man City Receives Three Injury Boost Ahead of Tottenham Clash
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Man City Receives Three Injury Boost Ahead of Tottenham Clash

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have received a major boost as Sergio Aguero, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy returned to training ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Tottenham on Tuesday night. Aguero sustained an injury in his side’s Premier League win over Fulham few days ago, while Walker was taken off at half-time during City’s FA Cup semi-final 1-0 win over Brighton last weekend and Mendy had a long-term knee problem. Speaking ahead of Man City’s Champions League clash with Tottenham, Guardiola told the club’s official website that the trio will be assessed after this afternoon’s open training session, but believes they should be fit enough to face Spurs. “Aguero feels better. He trained with the team for the first time and he feels better,”...
Pogba’s Secret Discussion With Zidane Over Real Madrid Move Revealed
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Pogba’s Secret Discussion With Zidane Over Real Madrid Move Revealed

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has told the club to pursue a deal for Paul Pogba, after the Manchester United midfielder made it clear he is ready to embark on a new challenge, Marca reports. Zidane returned to the Bernabeu at the start of March and has been promised a huge summer transfer kitty, to turn Real back into Champions League contenders again. The Frenchman has long been a fan of compatriot Pogba and tried to sign him during his first reign in charge of Real, back in 2016, but he opted to return to Old Trafford instead. It is now believed that Zidane and Pogba have spoken about working together and the player has expressed his eagerness to join. Although Real bosses fear a deal for Pogba will be extremely difficult, Zidane’s willingness to pursue him is bas...
Odegha Surges into NNPC GMD’s Cup Lead
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Odegha Surges into NNPC GMD’s Cup Lead

Sunday J. Odegha eased into a three-shot lead as the professional competition of the NNPC GMD’s Cup teed off yesterday at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja. Odegha arrived as the club-house leader, hours after the GGM Frontier Exploration Service Division, NNPC, Abdulahi Bomai, performed the ceremonial tee off. The Minna-based player shot four under par 68 to lead a pack of contenders led by Andrew Oche Odoh, Vincent Ikemefuna of Ikoyi Club 1938 and Martin Odoh, also from Minna Golf Club. Each of the three players carded 71- 72 and 73 respectively to be in the top rung of the leaderboard. It was the first official tournament on the 2019 schedule of the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN), and Odegha, who ranked sixth on the Order of Merit for last...
Juventus Coach, Allegri Speaks on Favourite Club to Win Trophy this Season
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Juventus Coach, Allegri Speaks on Favourite Club to Win Trophy this Season

Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, has said that his side are not the favourite to win the Champions League trophy this season. According to Allegri, Juventus are one of the contenders for the Europe top-flight league trophy this campaign. Allegri’s men defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg encounter on Tuesday night to qualify for the quarter-final stage. “Juventus is not the favourite to win the Champions League. We are one of the contenders and the trophy is one of our goals for this season, as usual,” Allegri was quoted by Goal as telling reporters at post-match press conference. “If we were eliminated it would have not been a failure. Juventus every year must play the Champions League and today, I repeat, we get to the next st...
INEC Declares Rochas Okorocha Winner of Imo West Senatorial Election
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INEC Declares Rochas Okorocha Winner of Imo West Senatorial Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Imo State Governor Rochas Okorochathe winner of the Imo West senatorial election. The Returning officer,Francis Ibeawuchi, who announced the results at the collation center in Orlu Local Government Area, declared Okorocha the senator elect of the district. Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress polled a total of 97,762 votes to defeat his two major contenders. His major contender, a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party Jones Onyereri scored 63,117 votes to come second while the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance Senator Osita Izunaso had 30,923 to come third.  Okorocha is a two term serving governor of the State under the ruling APC.
Eagles Not Taking Egypt Friendly Lightly, Says Rohr
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Eagles Not Taking Egypt Friendly Lightly, Says Rohr

                                                    Gernot Rohr Nigeria’s Franco-German Coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that his wards will not be taking their international friendly against Egypt lightly. The Super Eagles and the Pharaohs will meet in a friendly game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on March 26. The fixture is expected to be played four days after the two teams are scheduled to wrap up their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign: Nigeria will be at home to the Seychelles in Group E, while Egypt is away to Niger in Group J. The qualifying matches are both dead rubbers, as the West and North Africa heavyweights have already secured their berths at this year’s AFCON. In addition, Egypt was on Tuesday confirmed as the hosts for the tournament (...
Nigerians, Not Former Leaders, Will Decide Who Wins Presidential Election, Says Marwa
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Nigerians, Not Former Leaders, Will Decide Who Wins Presidential Election, Says Marwa

Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) Former military governor of Lagos state and the chairman of the Central Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Women and Youth Presidential Campaign, Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), has said that contrary to insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari may find it difficult to get reelected due to opposition by some former leaders, it is the votes of the electorate that will decide who wins next month’s presodential election. He also dismissed the fears that there was lack of cohesion in the campaigns because of the formation of two national campaign platforms. Marwa said the Women and Youth Presidential Campaign team led by wife of the President, Dr. Aisha Buhari, was not in conflict ...
Guardiola Proud As ‘Fearless’ City Save Title Bid
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Guardiola Proud As ‘Fearless’ City Save Title Bid

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on January 3, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP Pep Guardiola saluted his “fearless” Manchester City stars after the champions kept their Premier League title bid alive with a vital 2-1 win over leaders Liverpool on Thursday. Guardiola’s side had no margin for error as a defeat would have left them 10 points behind the Reds and in danger of surrendering the title, they won in record-breaking fashion last season. But they rose to the challenge in thrilling style, beating Liverpool for the first time in five meetings thanks to Le...
Harry Redknapp Names Club To Win This Season’s Premier League Title
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Harry Redknapp Names Club To Win This Season’s Premier League Title

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp has named Liverpool as the favourite club to win this season’s Premier League title. He also said that Tottenham and Manchester City are also in the race to challenge Jurgen Klopp’s side for the English topflight league title this term. Liverpool are currently on top of the Premier League table with 54 points from 20 games, while Manchester City are second place with 47 points from the same number of games. Tottenham are third placed with 45 points from 20 games. “I think the Premier League title is a three horse race,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites ahead of Man City now which is a big turnaround. “But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders. Spurs are sti...
Kendrick Lamar, Drake Top 2019 Grammy Awards Nominations
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Kendrick Lamar, Drake Top 2019 Grammy Awards Nominations

For the fourth time, rapper Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for the Grammys Album of the Year for his role as executive producer of the soundtrack to Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’. The rap star secured 2019 Grammy nominations with eight nods, including a nomination in the categories Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Drake follows with seven nominations including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. However he was not nominated in the Best Rap Album category which his rival Pusha T was nominated. For the first time in the history of the Grammys, the Big Four (Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist) has eight nominations. Also, more female acts were nominated as the awards strive for diversity and inclusion. In a statement by Neil Portnow...
Golfers Jostle for Lakowe 2018 Club Championship
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Golfers Jostle for Lakowe 2018 Club Championship

Members of Lakowe Lakes Golf Course are set to battle for the 2018 Club Championship in a 36 holes contest on the 1st and 2nd December at the picturesque course in Lagos. The event that was won last year by Tunji Adebajo and Georgia Oboh in both male and female categories respectively, will now feature a lot more contenders when it tees-off. Although, Oboh, will be missing this year; as she has gone ahead to sign-up for professional golf career, which leaves the title in that category open for a new winner entirely. Head professional and operations manager at the golf facility, Femi Olagbenro, informed that the growing membership of the club has given rise to new challenges for participants and past winners at events at the club. “We have over sixty players already signaled to...
Arsenal Chase 12th Successive Win As Emery Demands Urgency
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Arsenal Chase 12th Successive Win As Emery Demands Urgency

Unai Emery has implored his Arsenal stars to begin matches with more urgency as they head to Crystal Palace biding for a remarkable 12th successive victory on Sunday. Emery Emery’s side notched their 11th win in a row on Thursday as Danny Welbeck’s late strike sealed a 1-0 success at Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League. Arsenal’s blistering streak is their best run for 11 years as they chase the club record of 14 consecutive wins in all competitions. But to equal that landmark tally, set by George Graham’s team in 1987, the Gunners need to start games with a little more tempo and desire according to Emery. Several times this season, Arsenal have laboured in the first half before turning in dominant displays after the interval. “Each match is a very big opportunity to impro...
Emery Dodges Title Talk After Latest Arsenal Win
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Emery Dodges Title Talk After Latest Arsenal Win

The Gunners came back from a goal behind to win their seventh straight game, but their manager is not thinking about a title challenge Unai Emery would not entertain talk of Arsenal being title contenders after a seventh successive Premier League win lifted his team into the top four. Although Hector Bellerin's own goal gave Leicester City the lead at Emirates Stadium on Monday, Arsenal hit back to win 3-1 with Mesut Ozil in fine form. Ozil swapped passes with Bellerin to equalise before the break and was then instrumental in creating a quickfire brace for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a five-minute spell after the forward's introduction from the bench. A 10th consecutive win in all competitions has led to suggestions Arsenal could challenge for the title, with the Gunners m...
Lagos APC Primary: Lagos Politician Escapes Death After Machete Attack By Political Thugs
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Lagos APC Primary: Lagos Politician Escapes Death After Machete Attack By Political Thugs

Political thugs in Lagos state have reportedly attacked a politician by cutting him with a machete. Mustapha narrowly escaped death after being attacked A former Chairmanship aspirant in Kosofe Local Government area, Hon Ibrahim Mustapha, narrowly escaped death on Thursday when suspected political thugs attacked him at Anthony Village with machete. He is currently on admission at a private hospital, Life Fountain Hospital, Anthony, Lagos. Mustapha was allegedly attacked by political thugs suspected to be working for the Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos on Food Security, Ganiu Okanlawon and a member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Bayo Oshinowo, and matcheted him severally on the head. Eyewitnesses informed said that the assailants, numbering between two and...
Nairabet Owner Akin Alabi Wins APC House Of Rep Ticket
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Nairabet Owner Akin Alabi Wins APC House Of Rep Ticket

Nairabet owner Akin Alabi has won the All Progressives Congress House of Representative ticket for Egbeda/Ona Ara federal constituency. He clinched an automatic ticket after other contenders stepped down for him “I have just been declared the winner of the primary election after the other contestants, Hon Jenrade, Hon Adewale Ishola and Hon Adio all stepped down for me,” Alabi tweeted on Thursday. The Nairabet owner had in 2015 contested for the Egbeda-Ona Ara seat of the House of Representatives’ election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but lost. He had earlier resigned from the sports betting company to enable him to concentrate on his political ambition ahead of 2019. But maintained that if he loses he is always welcome back into his office at anytime. “In a few weeks,...
Osun Rerun: Ensure Free, Fair Poll, CISLAC Urges INEC
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Osun Rerun: Ensure Free, Fair Poll, CISLAC Urges INEC

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a free, fair and credible election in the Thursday’s governorship rerun election in Osun. The Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr Auwal Rafsanjani, made the call on Wednesday in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Rafsanjani said the success of Osun election would determine the upcoming 2019 election. ‘’CISLAC calls on INEC to conduct a free and fair rerun election. ‘’We urge INEC to create confidence in Nigerian voters and ensure electoral transparency as Osun election is becoming too suspicious by many Nigerians and the international community,” he said. Rafsanjani, who called on all political parties participating in...
Liverpool’s Klopp Talks Up Chelsea Title Chances
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Liverpool’s Klopp Talks Up Chelsea Title Chances

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his admiration for Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and stressed that the Blues are strong contenders for the Premier League title. Jürgen Klopp Chelsea — in Sarri’s first season at Stamford Bridge — have 16 points out of a possible 18 in the Premier League so far, two fewer than leaders Liverpool. The two clubs meet in London on Saturday but on Wednesday they clash in the third round of the League Cup. READ ALSO: Cousin appointed sole Gabon coach after Aubameyang’s father rejects job At his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Klopp said when asked about Sarri: “It is the biggest change of system I ever saw in such a short period of time. Wow. Style completely (different). What a manager he is, to be honest. “I’m pretty much a s...
Osun 2018: PDP Candidate Ademola Adeleke Missing At Election Debate
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Osun 2018: PDP Candidate Ademola Adeleke Missing At Election Debate

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ademola Adeleke for next weekend’s governorship election has failed to attend the debate organised by Channels Television for contenders. Adeleke As at the time of report only candidates of the ADC, Alhaji Fatai Akinade, APC, Adegboyega Oyetola, ADP, Moshood Adeoti and Iyiola Omisore of the SDP were in attendance.