NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 20 November, 2017

Mon, 20 Nov 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC) has declared Governor Willie Obiano winner of the Anambra governorship election held on Saturday, November 17.

Obiano polled 234,071 votes to beat Hon. Tony Nwoye, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who got only 98, 752 votes.

Chief Returning Officer for the election, Prof Zana Akpagu, who is also vice chancellor of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, declaried Obiano winner at 7:30pm, at the INEC office in Anambra.

He said Obiano polled the highest number of votes cast in the election and satisfied requirements to emerge winner.
Prof. Akpagu also disclosed that of 448, 771 votes cast during the election, only 422, 314 votes were valid.
Obiano is expected to receive his Certificate of Return on Wednesday.
In his acceptance speech, Obiano thanked the people for re-electing him for another four years, and declared “it is time to build a new world.”

The governor said victory at the Saturday poll neither belonged to him nor his party, APGA, but to Ndi-Anambra.
“This sweet victory belongs to the wheel barrow pushers and Okada riders who have clearly seen in our recent political experience, a glimmer of light in the horizon.
“It belongs to the farmers in Ayamelum, Onono, Ogbaru, Omasi, Omor and Ufuma, who have now realised that agriculture is the future of Nigeria.
“It belongs to the teachers and civil servants who have seen that a motivated workforce is the greatest asset of any government and have rewarded our faith in them, with an overwhelming verdict at the polls.

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“It belongs to the illustrious sons and daughters of Anambra state who have seen the star of this great state rise in the Eastern skies and have answered our call for Aku luo uno; bringing home their naira and dollars; to put our dear state on the investment map!
“This victory belongs to all of us! Umu nnem, this victory is not a winner-takes-it-all. For, in the new Anambra of my dream, everyone is a winner. Everyone!”
Obiano also called on other candidates who contested the election with him to join hands to build the state.
“Ndi-Anambra, this mandate is dear to my heart. I see it as a historic call to inspire my people to greatness. I see it as a call to deny myself sleep that my people might sleep better. Umu nnem, I will not give myself rest until our beloved state has fully assumed the status of the model state of Nigeria. This is my promise to you all…
“My first and deepest gratitude goes to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for proving to Ndi-Anambra that, under his watch, democracy will sink deeper roots in the Nigerian soil. Mr. President promised us a free and fair election. Today (yesterday), we can all see that he has kept his promise. Thank you so much, Mr. President!
“I must also thank INEC for conducting what has been widely adjudged a transparent election in Anambra state. With this election, INEC has shown that it has fully braced up for the 2019 elections. Thank you so much…
“Indeed, Ndi-Anambra, on behalf of my capable deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, I thank you all for renewing this mandate and I urge you to prepare for the speedy transformation of Anambra state into a prosperous sub-national entity in the next four years.”
Reacting  to Obiano’s victory, chairman of the governor’s re-election team and APGA agent at INEC, Chief Victor Umeh, commended the electoral umpire and security agents for making sure the election was peaceful.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has revealed why his government did not implement the report of the 2014 National Conference.
In a goodwill message at the Integration Summit Annual Roundtable in Abuja, at the weekend, the former president said given the time frame between when the report was submitted and the 2015 general elections, it would have raised ethical questions if his government went ahead with its implementation.
The report was submitted to Jonathan in August 2014.
The former president, who was represented at the event by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, noted that it would have taken up to one year to complete the processes of implementing the recommendations.
“I received the report of the national conference on Thursday, August 21, 2014, after the closing ceremony to mark the end of the five-month long deliberations. I was satisfied with the outcome. It has remained the best national conference so far because of the depth of the deliberations and the fact that all the decisions reached were not based on majority votes, but by consensus.
“I am aware that some people have raised some issues with the fact that I did not implement the recommendations of the confab during my tenure. I would like to state that those making this kind of claim are not being fair to me.
“Such people tend to forget that the report was submitted in August 2014, few months before the last general elections. It was at a time the National Assembly was on break, with many of the members already at different constituencies to prepare their constituents for elections.
“I believe that to have had a tidy procedure of implementation, it would have involved committee deliberations, public hearings and town hall consultations on different segments of the report.  There was no doubt that the nation then needed up to one year to complete the processes of implementing the recommendations.
“It was obvious that my administration, given the time the report was submitted, couldn’t have implemented the report, before the 2015 elections without running into ethical questions,” Jonathan said.
He has also urged the present administration to implement some recommendations of the 2014 Confab.
According to him, Nigeria is still having agitations, because “we are still trying to discover the best way to run our Republic so that whatever policies we pursue or projects we implement as a nation will benefit the greatest number of our population.
“I believe the recommendations of the confab contain the answers to most of what we agitate for today. If implemented, they would go a long way in solving most of Nigeria’s identified structural problems and providing the roadmap for sustainable development.
“I am aware that there are many suggestions and solutions being debated. We have different people supporting and giving different definitions to such ideals as true federalism, confederation, restructuring and regionalism. But, we have not been able to achieve much because our conversations seem to be floating in the air. We are yet to establish common grounds and shared values.

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“We should not forget that ours is a nation with a striking ethnic and religious mix. This diversity should otherwise be our strength. However, it appears to be holding us down because of our failure to consolidate a strategic roadmap for harnessing the advantages that should lift our nation.
“My belief is that we need to redefine our dialogue and move quickly from over theorisation to something tangible. My own way of solving the problem was the 2014 national conference which I convened.
“It was a conclusion I reached in my mind about the best way to productively leverage the diverse tendencies of our different ethnic groups, to allow the centre to firmly hold for the good of our nation.”

Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has been voted The Sun Man of the Year 2017.

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The Board of Editors of The Sun chose Ambode, first term governor of Nigeria’s economic capital, as winner of the flagship prize of the 15th anniversary edition of The Sun Awards after deliberations spanning two days.
The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, retained the Governor of the Year diadem, which he won last year.
Ambode, Wike and other distinguished award winners will be honoured on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Announcing the winners, the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, said they were chosen after robust debates, in keeping with the tradition of preserving the integrity of The Sun Awards, which has been running since 2003.
Explaining the selection process, Mr. Osagie said members of the Board of Editors made nominations, which were debated and where the panelists were not unanimous in their choice, the winners were chosen by votes.
The Managing Director said those selected earned the honour, having contributed in diverse fields to the development of the nation and improvement in the quality of lives of the citizens.
Mr. Ambode, the quiet but efficient helmsman of the nation’s mega city, The Sun Man of the Year 2017, won the diadem for the massive infrastructural development of Lagos and his systematic approach to easing the pains associated with residing and commuting in Lagos. He will be taking over the award from Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, who won the previous edition.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, retained Governor of the Year prize for his unrelenting governance and infrastructural revolution in the state. He is the work machine, who has proved unstoppable.
The 15th edition of The Sun Awards will also honour other eminent Nigerians in public and private sectors, whose contributions and success stories cannot be glossed over.
The Nigerian Hero of the Year award went to the late Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, the policeman who gallantly foiled an armed robbery attack on a branch of Zenith Bank in Owerri in February this year, but lost his life to injuries suffered during the incident.
Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, will be honoured with the Most Supportive First Lady award for consistently speaking truth to power and for the immense contributions of her non-governmental organisation, Future Assured Initiative, to the quality of life of many ordinary citizens across the country.
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki won the Courage in Leadership and Outstanding Politician of the Year Awards respectively.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) has announced its appointment of Mr. Obinna 

Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
From Magnus Eze, Abuja The Federal Government has flaunted a recent global endorsement of its fight against 


Mon, 20 Nov 2017
By Christopher Oji The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a man who specialised in recharging call 

Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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