Washington: US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden will come face to face on Tuesday for the first round of televised debates to showcase their strengths and expose opponent weaknesses with just over a month left until the election.
This first of three presidential debates is being held in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. The contest will begin at 9:00 p.m. EST (1:00 a.m. GMT) and last about 90 minutes without commercial interruptions. Tuesday night’s debate could break the audience record set in 2016, which saw 84 million viewers tune in, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The moderator, Fox News Sunday television anchor Chris Wallace, has chosen six topics for discussion with 15 minutes allocated to each.
While Trump is never shy of public appearances, including massive rallies and almost daily sparrings with the skeptical press, the focus will likely be more on Biden, who after relying on less challenging canvassing throughout his entire campaign, has to prove his intellectual prowess and dispel concerns over his age.
“For Biden to win, he’s got to exceed this low bar of expectations that he can’t stand there for 90 minutes and string two sentences together,” debate expert Mitchell McKinney told MarketWatch. “But he also has to demonstrate for anxious, nervous Democrats, and also for an anxious, nervous perhaps even wider swath of the citizenry, that he can aggressively meet Donald Trump and push back.”
The candidates will be requested to address their “records,” which implies grilling on Ukraine dealings for Biden and issues like tax returns for Trump in addition to his decision to fast-track a Supreme Court nomination prior to the November 3 election. The COVID-19 outbreak, the economy, anti-racism protests and recent violence that has erupted in several US cities are also likely to be discussed.
The final topic – the integrity of the election – is likely to cover Trump’s concerns over widespread mail-in voting and growing fears that the incumbent may refuse to peacefully cede power in case of a defeat.
The moderator, Wallace, works for a pro-Trump TV network, but is known to be a registered Democrat and has a reputation of one of America’s toughest interviewers.
Wallace is expected to address his first question to Trump in the debate that will kick off without opening statements. Both candidates will not be wearing face masks on stage, but will refrain from handshakes.
Another coronavirus-related limitation is a small number of ticketed guests at Case Western Reserve University. The venue is already heavily guarded by local and federal law enforcement agencies, including a National Guard task force, to minimize all possible “distractions,” as Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson put it.
Trump, who is trailing in the polls, has repeatedly demanded that Biden take a drug test to ensure that he is not artificially stimulated when on stage, while Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised Biden to skip the debates, which she denounced as “an exercise in skullduggery.”
All the hype notwithstanding, Americans do not see debates as a major choice-making factor, a recent poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC showed. When asked how important the event will be in helping them make a decision, 44 per cent answered “Not at all.” Another 27 per cent opted for a “somewhat” important, only 18 and 11 per cent see it as “extremely” and “quite” important respectively, according to the pollsters.
There will be two more debates between Trump and Biden, on October 15 in Miami and October 22 in Nashville, and a single round for their running mates. Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris, are scheduled to meet on October 7 in Salt Lake City.
SOURCE: NEWS NOW
Buhari rejects Amnesty reports, gives ministers one week to submit ENDSARS reports
The President Muhammadu Buhari has given ministers one week ultimatum to submit reports of their consultations with their constituents on the ongoing #ENDSARS protests which had been hijacked by hoodlums thereby resulting in a state of lawlessness in different parts of the country.
Recall that President Buhari had at last week’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting told the Ministers to go and interface with their constituents in a bid to stop the looting and burning of government and private properties by hoodlums as aftermath of the protest against police brutality.
It was gathered that President Buhari has given the cabinet members one week to turn in their reports on their town hall meeting with their consultants.
The Presidency Thursday rejected the report of Amnesty International alleging that the report on the Lekki shootings was skewed.
The Presidency said the Amnesty International cannot have more facts about things happening in the country than the President
Speaking at the Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, disputed the allegations that the looting and rioting was not caused by the military shootings, insisting that there was already violence in some parts of the country before the Lekki incident.
Fielding question that the looting was a fall out of the Lekki shootings, Adesina said, “You are not quite correct. You are falling for the narrative of Amnesty International. And Amnesty is wrong. Anarchy had broken loose before even Lekki. The prisons in Benin and Oko had been broken open before Lekki. Orile police station had been burnt before Lekki.
“Many policemen had been burnt before Lekki. So, you cannot say it was Lekki that precipitated all those things. Look at the timelines, look at all those things. You will discover that it had happened before Lekki. So, you are falling for the gambit of Amnesty International.
“Amnesty International does not have all the facts, they don’t run this country, they shouldn’t know beyond what they have been told. They shouldn’t know more than you and I should know as media people as watchers of developments.”
Asked if it was the President’s thinking that Amnesty’s report was wrong, Chief Adesina alleged that Amnesty International was in the habit of making unsubstantiated reports about Nigeria.
According to him, “Many times, the military has come out to dispute facts brought out by Amnesty.”
When asked whether President Buhari approved the military action in Lekki as the commander-in-chief, the presidential Spokesman said he would not want to undermine the work of the panel of inquiry looking into the matter.
Speaking on the directives to ministers to visit states to douse tentions in their respective states, Adesina said: “I can tell you because there was another Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday (Wednesday), the president asked for briefs from ministers who went out. Only two had their reports ready as at yesterday because some others were still in their respective states still carrying out their assignment.
“So, the president said all of them should turn in their reports through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in the incoming week.”
Asked what to expect out of the reports, Adesina said: “Well, it can only be positive.
“One, it will help us to establish the truth to something’s because there are a lot of conjectures, colourations, outright falsehoods, fake news and all that. The ministers can come with what is near authentic based on the consultations they are going to make.”
The Water Resources Minister Sulaiman Adamu, had during a courtesy call to Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State in Dutse, disclosed that ministers were directed to meet with stakeholders to explain federal government’s efforts to meet the demands of the youths.
He had said that the cabinet members were directed to “go to our states to solicit the support of political, traditional, religious and community leaders against the violence that emanated from # EndSARS protests.”
Adamu had said he was therefore in the state to meet with leaders on “promoting tolerance, peace and stability in this critical moment and hear from them and report back to him (Buhari) immediately.”.
Adamu had also acknowledged that the #ENDSARS protests started well and was in line with the Nigerian constitution only to be hijacked along the line by those who infringed on the rights of other citizens, killed innocent persons, looted and engaged in other criminal acts.
He said: “President Muhammad Buhari is soliciting the support of all other political leaders in the state to properly address the people of the state on the need to dispel any rumour that is tantamount to creating disunity among Nigerians and also throw the nation into crisis.”
The Minister of State for Power, Prince Jedy-Agba was in Cross River State few days ago with his constituents on the matter.
Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for today Saturday, 24th October 2020
Good morning Nigeria, welcome to roundup of top Newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday, 24th october 2020.
Here are the major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines:
Finally, President Buhari breaks silence on the #Lekkimassacre:
After various criticism from various Nigerians from Home and abroad, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally expressed great sympathy of the massacre at the Lekki toll gate area of Lagos state. It has been reported earlier that soldiers of the Nigerian Army invaded a peaceful protest in the evening, Tuesday 20 october at Lekki toll gate killing #ENDSARS protesters in the process
#ENDSARS: Police Blames IPOB(indigenous People of Biafra), for Burning Police Station, Killing Officer in Rivers:
The Rivers state command of the Nigerian Police has blamed the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra for the violence that happened in some parts of the state recently.
Specifically, clashes have been reported in Oyigbo Local Government area of the state, causing the Governor Nyesom Wike to declare a 24-hour curfew in some local Government area due to the insurgency caused by the hoodlums hiding under the disguise of the #ENDSARS protesters in the state.
#LEKKIMASSACRE: “We Counted 15 Corpses’- Dj Switch Recounts:
Obianuju Udeh, a popular Nigerian disc jockey known as DJ Switch, says she and other #ENDSARS protesters counted 15 corpses at the Lekki toll gate when men in Army Uniform shot at peaceful protesters on tuesday evening 20 october.
Abdulrazaq Imposes 24-hour Curfew In Kwara:
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state from midnight today, Saturday. Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Midland 99.1 FM.
Buhari finally acknowledges civilian deaths in the Protests:
President Muhammadu Buhari admits that over 69 people has been killed in protests against Police brutality that has taken over the country.
He made the comments in an emergency meeting with former Nigerian leaders aimed at finding ways to end the unrest.
The deaths were mainly civilians with a chunk of the number from the Lekki toll gate killings, but also include police officers and soldiers
The People Will Always Win – Jonathan Speaks, Condemns Attack On #EndSARS Protesters
Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has condemned the Tuesday shooting of #EndSARS protesters by security operatives at the Lekki toll gate plaza area in Lagos State. Jonathan who acknowledged that the past few days have been difficult for all Nigerians however called on all parties to embrace peace and dialogue, nothing that no country makes progress while fighting.
Buhari Cannot Cry For Those Killed – Aisha On #LekkiMassacre
President Muhammadu Buhari cannot cry again for those killed, Aisha Yesufu, a Nigerian socio-political activist, and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement has said. It had reported earlier that soldiers of the Nigerian Army invaded a peaceful protest at Lekki toll gate on Tuesday evening, October 20, killing #EndSARS protesters in the process.
Buhari In A Meeting With Obasanjo, Jonathan, Former Heads Of State Emerge
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday noted that the peaceful protest calling for an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, was hijacked by hoodlums and misdirected. The President stated this during his meeting with former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria, Friday in Abuja
#EndSARS: Gov Ayade Imposes Curfew In Cross River
Governor Ben Ayde of Cross River State has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state. This was made known in a statement signed by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the governor, Christian Ita.
Shoprite Burgled, Kwara Residents Invade COVID-19 Palliatives Warehouse, Escape With Food Items
Residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Friday, stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens. The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.
Another COVID-19 Palliative Warehouse Discovered In Osun, Looted By Residents
Residents of the south-western state of Osun on Friday, descended on a COVID-19 palliative warehouse located in Ede, carting away various food items and packages. The warehouse, located at Cocoa Products Industry Nigeria Limited, Ede-Osogbo road, Ede North, Osun State is believed to be owned by the Osun State government.
#EndSARS: Obaseki Extends Escaped Inmates Ultimatum
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Friday extended the ultimatum given to escaped inmates from Benin prisons. It had been reported that the Edo governor had initially given the fleeing inmates until Friday, October 30 to return.
That is the top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for today, read more at flliqqa.com
Governor Sanwo Olu claims that there where no caualties
Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has claimed that there was no causality from the attack on peaceful protester by officers of the Nigerian Army, at the Lekki Toll Gate Plaza.
There have been ongoing protests in Nigeria over two weeks with citizens agitating for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, over flagrant disregard of their human right.
However, that took a grief-stricken turn in Lekki, Lagos state on Tuesday night as defenceless protesters were gunned down by soldiers, following an alleged order by the Lagos state government to security forces to crackdown on defaulters of a hastily imposed restriction.
The shooting led to the death of several people as many were also injured.
Security operatives had stormed the scene of the protest after the Lagos Government announced a 24-hour curfew and opened fire, with the intent to kill many people.
As many turned up to social media to share the Live video clips of the tragic incident, many people could be seen with various degrees of injuries. The scale of the damage could not be ascertained.
The Nigerian Army has come out to deny involvement in the attacks, despite LIVE video evidences, and now the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has claimed that there was no fatality recorded.
He made this known during a live broadcast which was aired on Channels TV.
His claims has left many Nigerians in more shock, at they express displeasure at the level of deception by the Nigerian government.
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