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Democracy Day: Nigerians react as Buhari names Abuja National Stadium after MKO Abiola

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Nigerians on social media have reacted to the renaming of the Abuja National Stadium as MKO Abiola Stadium.

DAILY POST had reported that Buhari renamed the Abuja National Stadium as MKO Abiola Stadium during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagle Square on Wednesday.

Reacting, while some Nigerians commended Buhari for honouring MKO Abiola, even as others lamented the present state of the Abuja National Stadium.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:

@chrireccollins, “PMB renamed a dilapidated, abandoned and non-functional Abuja stadium after MKO Abiola and people are happy, same people that almost killed GEJ and protested heavily when he (GEJ) renamed Unilag after MKO.”

@Arogbodovicent, “Eagle Square is more symbolic to democracy than Abuja Stadium.
MKO wasted his life for peanuts.”

@trosky27, “GEJ renamed UNILAG to MAULAG, some asslickers castigated him for doing so that that’s not a good way to honour Abiola. Buhari renamed Abuja stadium after Abiola and these same ass lickers are singing his praise. So Abiola is now honoured by naming a dead stadium after him?”

@davidokuson, “Just heard Buhari name Abuja stadium after MKO Abiola. Is it not the same abandoned stadium where cow are grazing, maybe this would make them give the necessary attention to the once magnificent stadium.”

@Damocleansword, “Renaming the Abuja Stadium after Abiola is good. Posthumously declaring him President-Elect and letting history reflect that would be much better.”

@abidounadeniran1, “Which would have been more appreciated The University of Lagos named after him or the Abandoned Abuja stadium.”

@Diegowhykay, “So they want to finally useless and forget D mighty Moshood Abiola name by naming the Useless Abuja Stadium after him. When last did a national football match or event occurred here.?”

@pamitimothy, “And you want us to celebrate that? What’s the importance of Abuja stadium to sporting activities in Nigeria presently? When was the last time the stadium hosted the super eagles. It’s better you don’t name anything after him than that dead stadium.”

@Fk149, “Nice gesture to Rename Abuja National Stadium after #MKOAbiola. But Pls can @MBuhari also make sure the Abuja Stadium is in proper shape. The Stadium cant even host Super Eagles matches because of its terrible state.”

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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Lampard reveals how he stopped Hudson-Odoi from leaving

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has revealed that one of his priorities after replacing Maurizio Sarri, was to make Callum Hudson-Odoi aware of his first-team plans.

The 18-year-old wanted to leave in the January transfer window and Bayern Munich had multiple offers rejected for the winger.

Hudson-Odoi’s deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has now ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year contract.

“I spoke to Callum in pre-season in Dublin.

“Pretty much as soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware I want him to be part of the plans.

“He’s a young lad who has come through the academy here, club’s worked hard with him, he’s worked hard to get one foot in the first team, for me it just feel it was what everybody wanted.

“It was away from me slightly in terms of the club will deal with the contract in itself but I made it clear I want him at the club because I believe in his talent.

“I also know that a five-year contract is signed the hard work really starts for him.

“He’s got everything in front of him. We know the talent he has, I think there is a lot more and it’s pure hard work that will get him there.

“A lot of the talk [about Hudson-Odoi leaving] was before me, a lot of that talk was from last season and I only saw it from the outside.

“The only conversations I had were were not persuasion, they were just how I see it at the club.

“Hopefully he can look at the other younger players getting their opportunities, which are not just handed on a plate, they are handed because they deserved them because they worked so hard in pre-season when you talk about Tammy [Abraham], Mason [Mount] and Fikayo [Tomori].

“There’s a nice thing for him to see and hopefully he’ll be hungry for and now it’s signed and sealed we can put that to bed and get to work,” Lampard told the media ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Liverpool.

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Ogun Speaker, Oluomo wins at tribunal

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The election petition tribunal, headed by Justice Adenike Coker, today upheld the election of the Speaker of Ogun State House Assembly, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, as the lawmaker representing Ifo Constituency 1.

Sitting in Abeokuta, the three-member tribunal held that the evidence submitted by the petitioner, Mr Wemimo Owolabi, of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) was insufficient to nullify the election of Oluomo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting, the Speaker appreciated the Judiciary for being the hope of the common man.

He assured that the tribunal judgement would further spur him into more performance at the helms of the state legislature.

Prince Oluomo emphasised, “that the people of Ifo-1 Constituency deserved good representation at the state Assembly, promising not to betray the trust and love reposed in him.”

He, however, called on all aggrieved parties to put their grievances behind them and pitch their tents with him in a bid to ensure good representation and governance.

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Wike, PDP govs hold closed-door meeting in Rivers

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Six governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) on Friday night met with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The meeting had in attendance: Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde,Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, Sokoto State Governor, Amimu Tambuwal and Zamfara State Governor, Mohammed Mattawale.

The Governors arrived the Rivers State Government House at about 6pm and proceeded to the official residence of Governor Wike where they held a closed- door meeting with the Rivers State Governor.

The agenda is still unknown as at press time.

Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike’s spokesman, who confirmed, also did not provide details.

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