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Anambra election: Going to court will be counterproductive – Metuh warns contenders



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The former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has warned contenders to sheath their swords and avoid litigation as Charles Soludo emerged winner of the Anambra governorship election.

Metuh said this while congratulating Soludo on his election victory.

He admonished those who contested the election to team up with the governor-elect in his quest to take the state to new heights instead of instituting court cases to challenge the outcome.

Metuh, in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday, described the election of Soludo as a reflection of the will of the people of Anambra State.

“I heartily congratulate Prof. Chukwuma Soludo on his emergence as the governor-elect of Anambra state after the keenly contested November 6, governorship election.

“Ndi Anambra has spoken and their voices were heard loud and clear. They have, through their votes, democratically made their choice of who governs them for the next four years.

“Though the outcome of the election may not have swung the way some individuals, especially those within the political circles, desired but Ndi Anambra have spoken and their choice must be respected and accepted,” he said.

He called on Ndi Anambra, irrespective of political affiliations, to avoid going to court and unite with Soludo to chart a new course for the state.

“I implore contenders who are hurting over the outcome of the election to sheathe their swords and put aside all personal interests for the sake of Ndi Anambra.

“It’s therefore imperative that we avoid the distractions of election litigations. Such will be counter-productive to the aspiration of our people to get our state working again. What we need at this moment is to concentrate our energies on moving our state to greater heights,” he said.

“Against this backdrop, I charge Prof. Soludo to ensure a true Anambra leadership by running an effective administration that will efficiently galvanize and harness the best hands so as to move our state forward. We expect the return of the real expatriate community to Onitsha and other prominent cities of the state.”

He advised Soludo to unite the people and return Anambra State to her pride of place as the flagship of development in Nigeria.

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EPL: What Ralf Rangnick said after becoming Man United manager



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Manchester United’s new interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, has expressed happiness after joining the club.

DAILY POST reports that Man United officially announced Rangnick as their new interim manager on Monday.

Rangnick’s appointment comes less than 24 hours after Man United played a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a Premier League tie on Sunday evening.

Reacting to his appointment, Rangnick, said his efforts for the next six months at Old Trafford will be on helping Man United players fulfill their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,” Rangnick told the club’s official website.

“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

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EPL: Ex-Chelsea assistant coach questions Tuchel’s late substitutions against Man United



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Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has questioned Thomas Tuchel’s use of his substitutes during their draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea managed a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League clash on Sunday with Jadon Sancho pouncing on a poor touch from Jorginho to put the visitors ahead.

Jorginho then made amends for his blunder 20 minutes later when he equalised for Chelsea from the spot.

Tuchel waited until the 78th minute to introduce the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic from the bench.

And Morris, who was Frank Lampard’s assistant, criticised the Blues boss, insisting that the German could have made his substitutions earlier and killed the game off.

He told Stadium Astro: “From a fan’s perspective, I would definitely have liked a couple if not all three changes at the top end of the pitch a lot earlier.

“I just felt that with the amount of dominance Chelsea had they weren’t creating enough real good chances.

“The fact you have the level of bench that Chelsea had, there was no reason why at least two of them could have been brought on a lot earlier.

“I thought Lukaku was the perfect addition but that’s without knowing the physical capabilities he has right now. He might not have had more than the manager gave him.

“It’s always easier to say after the game but we were slightly surprised that Tuchel didn’t make changes earlier.”

Chelsea face Watford in their next Premier League game while the Red Devils welcome Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side at Old Trafford.

Chelsea still maintained their lead in the table on 30 points just one behind Manchester City who defeated West Ham 2-1 to leapfrog Liverpool at the weekend.

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EPL: Why Ralf Rangnick may not take charge of Man Utd against Arsenal



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Manchester United’s new interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, might not take charge of the team when they host Arsenal in the Premier League this Thursday.

The German was officially confirmed in the role on Monday afternoon.

However, he will only be able to work in England, when his British work permit is finalized.

Rangnick has previously managed Hannover, Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

The 63-year-old replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked after a 4-1 defeat at Watford on November 20.

Former midfielder, Michael Carrick, will remain as caretaker manager until Rangnick’s work visa is completed.

Carrick has been in charge for the 2-0 win at Villarreal to secure a place in the Champions League knockout rounds and the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.

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