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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 1 November, 2017.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the party’s 2019 presidential ticket, stressing that only the president could stop himself.

Speaking at the APC national secretariat, on arrival for the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting yesterday, Governors Simon Lalong (Plateau), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), collectively agreed that President Buhari has done well to be given an offer of first refusal.

Governor Lalong, who was the first to react to a possible sole ticket for Buhari, emphatically said the APC does not have any other person to challenge the president.

Said he: “Concerning the issue of sole ticket for Mr. President, I want to say that if Mr. President is performing, well respected and carrying everybody along, all of us have resolved that we will work for him.

“Do we have any other person that will challenge the president again? Whatever you call it, as far as we are concerned, we have one president and that is the ticket we will fly.”

Asked if northerners could produce a credible candidate, should Buhari decline interest in re-contesting, Bagudu of Kebbi State said: “I thought that the nation has moved beyond, North-South; East-West. The APC, in late 2014, held one of the most successful  primaries in Lagos. It shows the importance of democratic competition to even strengthen both the party and country.

“President Muhammadu Buhari emerged candidate in a very keenly contested primaries and those who contested with him were happy about the contest and the party became stronger. The country won accolades for a free, transparent primaries that was attested by all and it produced a leadership that today is still supported by the majority of Nigerians.

“Whether APC presidential ticket can go anywhere is not the question. I think for APC members, it is a democratic party first, but the performance of the president, in the last two and half years, suggest that if he wants to contest, l will certainly support him and l know that our party members feel the same about him.”

Confronted with the same question of the party offering automatic ticket to President Buhari, Governor Al-Makura said: “You see, APC as a party epitomises democracy. For anybody to preempt the consensus opinion of the people is, to say the least, unfair to the vision of our party.

“I can tell you that if there is anything that is clandestine the president will not honour it. So, let us wait and see, as we embark on these meetings. I believe the consensus and the preponderance of opinion of all party members will be what is good for this country.

“We have already known the will of this country. The future of this country, as we are now, is associated with one person, who is impeccable, who has the greatest amount of integrity that you can find in any human being around; so your guess is as good as mine.”

Governor Okorocha was more pungent in his submission over automatic ticket for President Buhari, even as he warned that he could only sacrifice his presidential ambition on the condition that Buhari would contest.

According to him,  “my president is very democratic. If Mr. President wants to run for election, he will follow all the processes and if he is the person, we will all support him. In APC, there is no imposition of candidate. If Buhari is running, I will allow that man to continue, but if he is not running, I won’t sacrifice my presidential ambition.”

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
It was a heroic home coming for the APGA gubernatorial candidate in the coming Anambra poll, Governor Willie Obiano as his re-election campaign train swept through his home base of Anambra East and West on Tuesday, drawing large ecstatic crowds that assured him of their support in the November 18, election.

The Governor’s arrival in Otuocha, his home ground ignited a carnival-like atmosphere with thousands of people thronging the venue to cheer one of their own in a scene that is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Return of the Native.’

Speeches after speeches highlighted up what Obiano has achieved in three and a half years and the pride he inspired in the heart of the Omabala geopolitical zone as a whole and the reason why Obiano’s own kinsfolk must stand with him in the coming election.

But Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and widow of the late Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu carried the day with her stunning oratory and profound invocation of history and contemporary emotions of the people.

Addressing the crowd at the Otuocha Mini Stadium, she made a remarkable effort to elevate the conversation beyond the usual back-slapping by party faithful and worked the crowd to frenzy when she thanked Ndi Anambra East for the gift of Obiano.

“Your son is the best governor in Nigeria today,” Ojukwu declared. “He is the first among equals. First in rural electrification. First in security. First in agriculture. Thanks to the people of Anambra East for giving us your son. Your son has made miracles in Anambra State. Your son has transformed a once sleepy capital into an enviable cosmopolitan city with three iconic flyovers never seen before in Nigeria. We thank you for giving us your son,” she echoed.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari dropped hints of a cabinet shake-up, yesterday, at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abuja.

The promise was, however, contained in his remarks at the APC NEC meeting, which was read behind closed doors.

In the president’s  speech which was later made available to newsmen, Buhari said: “On the other hand, I am keenly aware that our supporters are very eager for these appointments to be announced. By the Grace of God, these appointments will be announced soon, especially now that the economy is improving, we will have the resources to cater for the appointees.

“By the same token, the compressed Federal Executive Council will be expanded, to bring in more supporters at the federal level, with fresh ideas to be injected into the government.”

Speaking further, president Buhari added: “Let me on a personal note thank you all for your prayers and good wishes, which the Almighty Allah answered in the restoration of my health.

“I wish to thank you all party leaders for helping to keep the government running smoothly during my prolonged absence.

“I would like to start by commending our party leadership chaired by His Excellency, Chief John Oyegun.

“The Chairman and I worked harmoniously during 1984-85, in a previous government. Happily, circumstances have brought us again, to positions of leadership in the country. I want to thank Chief Oyegun and his staff for steering the party in the last two and a half years.

“Sometimes, it is easier to manage failure than to manage success-and a big success such as that we have achieved.

“I must also commend the leadership of the National Assembly led by Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Wike,  has promised to continue landmark projects to improve the living condition of the people.

The governor made the pledge on Monday night, after he received the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA) at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, in the United States of America.

He got the award under the “Individual Initiatives to Advance Sustainable Development category.”

Wike was chosen for the award because of his outstanding achievements  in urban renewal, sustainable cities and provision of basic amenities to the residential areas of low-income earners.

The award was presented to him by Vice President of Global Forum on Human Settlements & Sustainable Cities, Dr. Taj  Hamad.

Wike received the award alongside 22 other personalities drawn from different countries,  which included Nigeria,  China, Bulgaria, Germany, USA, India and Indonesia.

In his acceptance speech,  the governor said: “Let me, on behalf of the government and people of Rivers state, sincerely thank the organisers  of this award for the recognition.

“We also commit ourselves that we will progressively provide infrastructure and  social services that will enhance  the living standards of all Rivers people, on a sustainable basis.”

Speaking at the ceremony, a representative of the United Nations Environment,   Mara Murillo, said that the organisation saluted the Global Forum for having developed the awards and the constituency for which it was organised.

Murillo congratulated the 23 awardees who were selected for their positive achievements and leadership.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
From Femi Folaranmi,Yenagoa Governor Henry Seriake Dickson literally spits fires whenever he finds 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
By Monica Iheakam Newly appointed Algerian coach, Rabah Madjer has named Leicester duo, Riyad Mahrez 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Costas Takkas, a British-Greek accountant and former Cayman Islands Football Federation official, on 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Tiger Woods will make his competitive return after nine months injured at the Hero World Challenge on 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Targets private sector, MDAs compliance From Uche Usim, Abuja Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
By Chinenye Anuforo To uphold the integrity of the Nigerian capital market, stakeholders yesterday called 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
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Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Stories by Olabisi Olaleye Lagos State, through the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, has declared November 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
By Olabisi Olaleye The Chief Executive Officer MainOne, Funke Opeke, has advised the Nigerian government 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
By Isaac Anumihe Few months after Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) slammed a N1.04 trillion fine 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Oando Plc has reported a rise in its turnover to N383.5 billion during the third quarter of the year. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
General Overseer (Worldwide) of the Redeemed Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has commended 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
We'll resist attempts to link Ikpeazu, Abaribe with his escape 'OYC From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
New SGF, Mustapha, at Aso Rock, takes oath today From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa and Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
From Godwin Tsa, Abuja The National Judicial Council (NJC) has appointed a retired justice of the Supreme 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The British Government has said its army trained 22,000 Nigerian Army personnel in 2016. United Kingdom 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
EIGHT people have been killed and 15 injured in yesterday's terror attack in New York, USA. The attacker 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
THISDAY, THE SATURDAY NEWSPAPER, of October 28 welcomes us to this week's edition of our language series 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Justice is greater than the law' 'Justice Alfred Thompson Denning, 21st Century British celebrated 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
There are men and there are men; there are men whose lives count; there are men who have left behind 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
I am responding to some of the reactions to last week's column because of the caliber of the readers 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
I was tempted to describe the ongoing campaign for the November 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
THE President Muhammadu Buhari administration added verve to its war against corruption on Monday, as 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
By Fred Nwaozor The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can currently boast of the use of 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
By Itaobong Offiong Etim Our leaders never disappoint the pessimism of the many citizens of the country. 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
By Louis Okoroma It is always difficult to disabuse the minds of people of the lies they are told. The 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
By Lakinbofa Goodluck If we were to organise an award ceremony for the most victimised and harassed 

Wed, 01 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has expressed its commitment to generate 30 per cent of the country's electricity 

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