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Terror attacks still likely in Abuja, others US, UK
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
The United States and the United Kingdom have insisted that the risk of attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the Federal Capital Territory and other states remains high throughout the festive season.

The two missions in their security advice cautioned their citizens against all but essential travels to Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano; Kaduna; Jigawa; Katsina, Adamawa, Bauchi,  Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, and Yobe states during the Yuletide.

The two countries stated that the risk of terrorist attacks was still high in the run-up to and throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

PDP convention: Eight candidates jostle for 2,233 delegates votes
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Eight out of the nine screened and cleared national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party are today competing to get the support of the 2,233 delegates who are voting at the party’s national convention, which holds on Saturday (today).

The list of the delegates was exclusively obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Friday.

The aspirants are Prince Uche Secondus, Chief Gbenga Daniel, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, Mr. Aderemi Olusegun and Chief Olabode George, who later withdrew from the race on Friday evening.

NATIONAL CONVENTION: ALL EYES ON PDP
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will today be literally set on fire as the delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the nation’s main opposition party, converge for the party’s national convention.
For followers of events in the party, it would be a “make or mar” convention as its outcome would predictably determine the future of the PDP.

Considering its pedigree, the art of politics would resonate in the FCT as members of the party converge on the Eagles Square venue to participate in the elective congress. In the estimation of critical observers, the convention will largely task the party’s internal mechanism of electing key officials that will position it solidly for the general elections in 2019.

Atiku Abubakar and the PDP: Time to change the tales ' Dr. Ugoji Egbujo
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
In 2015, Governor Fayose told us about his 74 year old mother and her diapers.  He was desperate to paint the picture that a 73-year old would be too frail, too demented, to be president.  He bought front pages of  some national newspapers. He made  Buhari  the butt of deathly geriatric  jokes. In a few months, he would  return to the soap box.  Fayose would ( tell people to vote  for  a 73-year-old Atiku. Atiku would be 73 in 2019.  I  believe Atiku is fit. But  the Fayoses of the PDP would have to repackage  their tales.

No deal with Tinubu on Buhari'Okurounmu
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to sack Nigeria’s Ambassador to Libya over his alleged failure to inform the Federal Government about the plight of Nigerians who are being sold as slaves in the oil-rich country.
Making the appeal in this interview with TUNDE THOMAS, a top chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, Senator Femi Okurounmu, lamented that the sordid ordeal Nigerians were going through with the knowledge of embassy officials could have continued if the Cable News Network, CNN had not exposed the evil trade that was going on in Libya. Okurounmu also spoke on other national issues.

PMB, Dogara Extol T Y Danjuma’s
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Minister of Defence, General TY Danjuma on his 80th birthday.
Also, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara has described the elder statesman as one of Nigeria’s greatest patriots.
In a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, he said “On behalf of the Federal Executive Council, my family and all Nigerians, please accept my warm felicitations on your 80th birthday.