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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Monday11 December, 2017.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The controversy trailing a comment credited to a former deputy national chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one of the aspirants, who withdrew from the race citing insult to the Yoruba race by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, Chief Olabode George, appeared to have been put to rest on Saturday, as the governor denied ever insulting the Yoruba.
The governor, who spoke on sidelines of the national convention, maintained that he did not insult anyone and so there was no need to apologise for anything.

Wike also denied insinuations that he was trying to hijack the process, saying that he had the right to support any aspirant as a governor and a delegate, urging that members must develop the spirit of sportsmanship.

“When people want something, you hear all sorts of stories. Someone comes to you that he wants your support and you do not give him because you have someone else you are supporting, then he will say you are imposing and all that. If you had supported him, it would not be imposition. What we have here is not a case of imposition; if it had been imposition, the party would have come out to say only aspirant A or B should be chairman. It has never happened in the history of the national convention in PDP, where many aspirants are jostling for the same position. So where is the imposition?

“We must learn to be good winners and good losers; you cannot expect that because you have gone to delegates to convince them, then they must all support you. They will listen to everybody and at the end of the day, they will make up their minds,” Wike said.

The Rivers governor also countered the insinuation that governors elected on the platform of the party had hijacked the process by backing a chairmanship aspirant, noting that there were only 11 governors out of 36 states and the Federal Capital, those, if the governors had influence, it would only be over their 11 states.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The emergence of former deputy national chairman of the erstwhile ruling party,  the People’s Democratic Party (PDP),  Prince Uche Secondus,  as its new national chairman will definitely alter certain seemingly settled power sharing arrangement  within the party, just as it will throw up a new set of power brokers.

Sunday Tribune checks revealed that with the South-South clinching the exalted post of national chairman, its next door neighbour, the South-East may have unwittingly traded off its ambition to take the vice-president slot of the main opposition party in the forthcoming 2019 general election.

The Deputy Senate President and the most senior elective office holder on the PDP platform, Ike Ekweremadu, who incidentally is from the South-East was the chairman of the  PDP Post-Election Review Committee that zoned the 2019 presidential ticket of the party to the North and the  position of national chairman to the South.

Incidentally, Prince Secondus was the acting national chairman of the party that saddled the Ekweremadu committee with the assignment of fashioning out an arrangement that would calm frayed nerves in the North and unite the party.

The perception before the Senator Ekweremadu committee came up with its power sharing recommendation, which it submitted on October 2015, was that the North felt aggrieved over the automatic ticket given to former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as the party’s standard-bearer in the 2019 elections.

It was believed that conceding the presidential ticket to the zone would go a long way in inspiring a sense of belonging in the party chieftains and its ordinary faithful from the zone.

Speaking while receiving the report from Senator Ekweremadu,  Secondus said for the party to move forward it must obey its zoning arrangement and constitution, adding that the party was determined  to re-position itself to take over the presidential seat from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
Mon, 11 Dec 2017

One of the candidates for the Deputy National Publicity Secretary post of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bamidele Salam, has praised the election process at the party’s national convention which ended Sunday morning saying that nothing illegal took place in it.

He had managed to score 721 votes to emerge second to the eventual winner who got 1,300 votes at the election.

However, contrary to claims by some candidates who described the process as unfair because of the sudden appearance of a “unity list,” Salam said he did not observed any untoward development during the exercise.

He said: “I was at the convention of the PDP held yesterday in Abuja. I was there as an aspirant to the office of the National deputy publicity secretary and a stakeholder in the party. At the end of the exercise, I scored 721 votes while the winner had over 1,300 votes.

“I observed the proceedings from the beginning to the end and found nothing illegal or fraudulent with the exercise.
“I spoke to my 12 year old son by phone this morning. I  congratulated him for coming first in a Spelling Bee competition held yesterday  and then told him I lost the party election. I explained that I lost because more people preferred the team that won to the one I aligned with.

“He said ‘God will favour you sir! ‘ I felt on top of the world that I have such a young boy who appreciates the God factor after every  hard work.
“Of course I have my reservations about certain elements in the new leadership of the party but the beauty of democracy is in accepting its outcomes regardless of whether they satisfy our fancies.

“I thank my wife and children for the essential support of the home front. I thank those group of young men and women who took to their online spaces to promote my aspiration. I thank the group of volunteers who went round the pavilions at the Eagle Square to talk to delegates about me. I thank the 721 delegates who chose me as their preferred candidate.

“Above all I thank God for His enduring mercies and goodness. I pray God blesses Nigeria with men and women whose overiding motive in politics is selfless service. God bless your week!”

Mon, 11 Dec 2017

The Oyo state commissioner for education, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, Tribune man, Olawoyin Edris Busayo and some other personalities have been awarded for their tremendous contribution to community development and service to humanity at the 5th years anniversary of the best brain foundation that recently took place at the Ibarapa east local government secretariat, Eruwa, Oyo state.
While commenting on the idea behind the establishment of the organization, the chief learning officer and founder, Comrade Ojewola Olawale said the rate at which teenagers, that are supposed to be in school are getting pregnant is worrisome.

“This is depriving them of achieving greatness in life.

“That is why we have taken it as a responsibility to wage war against teenage pregnancy and early marriage, as we urge eminent Nigerians to support us in achieving this aim” he said.

In his remarks, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela commended the vision and efforts of Comrade Ojewola, while advising parents and guardians to always give the best to their wards.

“Oyo state government has put enabling policies in place to make students achieve the best in terms of education

“we have awarded schools’ renovation contracts and I can assure you that work will soon commence” he said.

Tribune man, who was awarded as the Most influential media personality of the year expresses his gratitude to the Almighty God and the organisers of the event for deeming it fit to bestow him with the award.
” I see this as an inspiration to remain diligent and do more in the media world I’ve found myself” He said.

Also present at the event were some dignitaries from Oyo state ministry of education and as well movers and shakers of ibarapaland.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Osun on Sunday declared that attempts being made by surrogates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop monthly allocations to local governments in the state, via a [...]The post Attempts by PDPs surrogates to stop monthly allocation to LGs in Osun ll fail 'APC appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Osun State government, on Sunday said it has filed an application for the vacation of the ex-parte orders granted by a Federal High Court in Abuja last week ordering the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), [...]The post Osun govt seeks to vacate order stopping LGs monthly allocation appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
A group, Akin Ambode Campaign Group (AACG), has urged Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to seek for second term in office. The also called on the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State chapter, to [...]The post 2019: Group drums support for Ambodes 2nd term in office appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday alleged that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) failed in its plot to scuttled the just concluded national convention of the opposition party but has now resorted to [...]The post APC jittery, clutching on straws 'PDP appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Nigeria's ace singer, Ayodeji Balogun a.k.a Wizkid has won the `Young Person of the Year' at the 2017 edition of the prestigious Future Awards Africa. The Future Awards Africa is an award that acknowledges inspiring [...]The post Wizkid wins Young Person of the Year Future Awards Africa 2017 appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has tackled the National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over his comment on the decision of the APC governors to throw their weight behind [...]The post 2019: Okorocha tackles Tinubu over comment on Buharis re-election. appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari will depart for France to participate alongside over 50 world leaders in the One Planet Summit in Paris, Franceon Tuesday. According to a statement issued by Special Adviser to the president on [...]The post Buhari leaves for One Planet Summit in Paris Tuesday appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Prince Uche Secondus bounced back to become the new national chairman of thePeoples Democratic Party (PDP) in itsmuch anticipated elective national convention which ended in Abujaon Sunday, with the new party boss immediately serving a [...]The post How PDP survived the make or mar convention appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the founder of Daar Communication, who contested the PDP National Chairmanship position and lost, has congratulated the winner, Prince Uche Secondus. Dokpesi, who had earlier faulted the process of the party's National [...]The post Dokpesi congratulates new PDP Chairman, Secondus appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has been elected as the National Chairman of the party. Secondus scored 2,000 votes out of 2,396 votes cast at the party's [...]The post Secondus emerges PDP National Chairman appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The rate at which children are dropping out of school nowadays calls for concern on the part of parents and the general public. Certainly, those who are still in school would need to study hard [...]The post Dropping out of school appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that has remained unresolved despite the advances in technology. Over the years, human trafficking has taken diverse forms and in all the countries of the world, even in the [...]The post Pull, push factors in human trafficking appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Education is a means of propagating the felt end immediate norms and values of society. It is also a means of sustaining old norms and value of the society. Through education, the national aspirations are [...]The post The impact of teachers' welfare on their jobs appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Deputy Editor, LEON USIGBE, examines President Muhammadu Buhari's recent utterances which suggest that he is ready for 2019 presidential election. Even if President Muhammadu Buhari had wanted to be silent on his political future to [...]The post As Buhari joins the fray for 2019 appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Olawale Rotimi Opeyemi, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Investment Cloud, in this interview with Arike Adebayo, shares why he is passionate about agripreneurship. With your first and second degrees in religion, what informed your motivated [...]The post 'Why I'm passionate about agripreneurship' appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
A professional marketer and Associate Professor, Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi, has attributed the inability of some businesses to do well in the market, to the failure of such businesses and brands to recognise and exploit core competencies [...]The post Why some brands go into oblivion 'Expert appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Cbn logoEncouraged by the increase of Nigeria's foreign exchange(forex) reserves to $38.2 billion, the highest in 39 months, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has promised that it will join hands with the Nigeria Export [...]The post CBN set to work with exporters for increased forex earnings appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
APPARENTLY unable to resist the lure of serial controversies, the governor of Imo state, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has recently created a Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment and named his sister as its commissioner. The [...]The post Okorocha's Ministry of Happiness appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Dexterity Plus is no doubt a force to be reckon with in the world of event styling and decoration in Nigeria today. The Chief Executive Officer, Favour Essang in this chat with NIYI ALEBIOSU and [...]The post When you love what you do, every day is a holiday 'Favour Essang appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The resignation of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has set a new tone for vibrant opposition in the country. The move has again reinforced the belief that democratic governments will [...]The post Pondering Atiku's defection to PDP appeared first on Tribune.