Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 24 February, 2018.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The political feud between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, both of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) is not about ending anytime soon. Ganduje in this interview in Abuja, admitted that though there is no permanent friend or foe in politics, he doubts if APC national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has been saddled with the responsibility of reconciling aggrieved party leaders by President Buhari, will be able reconcile him and Kwankwaso because, according to him, the former Kano governor has frustrated over 17 of similar attempts in the past.

Ganduje who served as Kwankwaso’s deputy for eight years said his former boss set up traps for him to fail including leaving behind a liability of over N300 billion, declaring free education at all levels and foreign scholarships for students that is today costing his government N4 billion, establishing Technical College of Education five days before handing over without  approval from the federal government, or the state House of Assembly, with no infrastructure, no plans for teachers, and equipment, among others. JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE reports the details.

You are one of the leaders who called for the removal of indigene issue in the constitution. Why do you think such move is necessary?

Well, in this country we are having a lot of problems; religious, tribal, herdsmen and farmers’ clash, etc. All these have to do with relationships and, of course, the current economic realities. But, the constitution we borrowed from the United States of America should be applied fully even though we are in a different zone and culture. In order to get very serious national integration, the parameters of national indigeneship should not be based on tribe, religion or place of birth, it should be based on where you are staying and what you do. Are you paying your taxes? Are you contributing to the overall development of where you are since you are benefiting from the services there? You are benefiting from the security that is being provided, are you contributing your own quota to the development of that environment? If you are already paying your taxes, I think you are already an indigene of that place, not just because you are the son of the soil, but because you are contributing to the economic development of the state, employing people and doing great and positive things.

In Kano, we are doing our part to ensure that that dichotomy is removed. Because in some states where we have some problems, it is basically because of this indigeneship issue. So, our belief is that to have national integration we should remove indigeneship issue. So, I think it is a constitutional issue, which the national and state assemblies should deal with.

In other words, you are saying that all the people in Kano state are indigenes?

Yes. In Kano, I tell all the ethnic groups that they are indigenes of Kano state only claiming to come from somewhere else.

The Vice President said in Kogi state recently that N1.9 trillion was given to states as support. How much did Kano get? How much did you spend on workers’ welfare?

Of course, we have benefited from all the bailouts from the federal government because the situation we found ourselves when the oil money dropped below $30 a barrel was such that many states couldn’t even pay salaries. We got the bailout and now we are paying salaries on time. We are not owing any salary arrears. The problem we were having initially was an internal one, which has been solved. Some people were being overpaid while others were underpaid maybe due to the fact that something went wrong in the system, but we have already put that in order.

The projects of the previous government you have completed and the ones you have initiated, where did the funds come from? Is it from your internally generated revenue?

When we came, we had to reform the old system. I had to request all the staff of the State Board of Internal Revenue to go back to the Office of the Head of Civil Service. We employed a consultant, advertised, and then we took the best brains, some of them not even from the state. When we took over, we were getting less than N1 billion a month, but because of our reforms and interventions, we now get over N4 billion every month. It is not up to what we are expecting because up till now those that are supposed to be paying tax are yet to be fully captured in our revenue net.

You know some people don’t want to pay tax, so we are deploying a lot of advocacy to capture them on our revenue net. The reason people don’t want to pay taxes is that they assume their money is being embezzled.

Yes, the increase in our IGR made it possible for us to embark on a lot of capital projects. We virtually use what we are getting from Abuja to pay salaries. So, all our capital projects in Kano state are being funded from the revenue generated from taxes and that is why we label each project thus: ‘This project is being funded with taxpayers money.’ This of course is encouraging people to pay taxes.

You said recently that the political history of Kwankwaso cannot be written without you being mentioned and yours too cannot be written without mentioning him. So how come you have refused to bow to him to get the maximum political stability and peace in the state?

Yes, we were very, very close. Even before 1999, we have been friends. I was Commissioner for Works and Transport for six years during the military, and my former governor is a politician right from the military when political parties were formed. I started politics right from 1978, and in 1979 during the NPN period, I even contested election and was even part of the executive members of the party in the state. So, politics is not something I am just starting now.

So, we contested together for governorship in 1999 and the result was controversial. Prince Tony Momoh was in Kano to supervise the primaries, the result was controversial; the elders reconciled us that he should be governor and I should be the deputy governor. I insisted that there should be re-election, but elders pleaded and I agreed to be the deputy governor. Tony Momoh is still alive, you can ask him.

And since I became the deputy governor I had to do it well. I had to be loyal, respectful and honest. So, I worked hard to add value to the government by supporting the governor not only by being loyal to him but working very hard to fill the gaps, promote the government and work round the clock to ensure when he is not around there is no difference. That is how we worked together. Even when he was a minister, I was with him. I was on my own when he invited me to come and be his adviser when he was Minister of Defence. I agreed because after all, we have been together, and he felt we could work together.

When we won the elections in 2011, he graciously invited me, it was not as a result of any contest between us, but out of his own volition. I have to thank him for that because he could have invited someone else.

So, we worked together peacefully. When I was nominated and after I won the elections in 2015, before handing over, I started seeing some elements of undercuts from his body language.

He didn’t attend my swearing-in, he just handed over and left for Abuja because he claimed he had something to do. I said okay and went for the swearing-in. A night before he left, I went to him and I said during my campaign,  I said that my administration will be a government of continuity. I told him that I want to retain the Secretary to the State Government. The SSG did not know, I was the one that told him. I told him that I want to retain the Accountant General. The DG Media is his friend, I told him I want to retain him, and I later made him a Permanent Secretary. The Press Secretary, I told him I want to retain him, so he phoned and told him. And then the four administrative staff in the office, I asked him ‘will you like to take some’, he said he was taking only one, the remaining three are still in my office. So, that was a symbol of continuity.

Then it came to the appointment of commissioners and, of course, from his body language I had started seeing some elements of disagreements. So, I didn’t get his opinion on the appointment of the commissioners because I thought that was not even necessary because the commissioners are not as strong in government as SSG and the Accountant General. So, I thought it was something I could do. Even at that, my Commissioner for Agriculture now was also his Commissioner for Agriculture, we are still together; the Commissioner for Local Government is a younger brother to his wife, he was chairman of local government during his time; the Commissioner for Water Resources was an adviser in his government; the Commissioner for Finance was also Commissioner for Finance in his government.

Like I said, I started seeing some elements of undercuts from his body language, and then he started attacking my administration. First, even before handing-over, he said he has paid all the contractors in Kano, but the contractors went to radio stations and said he was telling lies. You could see that he was trying to heat up the system even before handing-over.

Some months before he left, he declared free education at all levels knowing well that it was clearly impossible. When he said free education, the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University said okay, the highest number of students in the university, ‘this is the figure please give us the money because since you declared free education what it means is that they will not pay single kobo.’ He said the VC should divide the figure into four that he will pay and the VC said no, ‘our budget is not based on that.’ Students in other universities were paying, and yet he said it was free education.

And also, few weeks before he left, he was sending students in thousands abroad; some studying chemistry, geography, biology, engineering, medicine. And you know how much it is costing us so far because of the fall of the naira, he paid N4 billion on foreign scholarships. When we calculated, each foreign student will get N68,000 per month. It was a huge expenses considering our challenges occasioned by the drop in the prices of oil at the international market. In fact, some state governments returned their students from foreign universities because they couldn’t cope, but I didn’t return anybody. I’m still paying with tears.

Again, he took pension money and built houses that up till now we are finding it very difficult to dispose off. We put N4.1 billion from the pension fund and the liability we have on the houses is over N3 billion. So, even if we sell the houses, we have to pay contractors. So, what I am trying to say is that even before handing-over, he was setting up some traps so that the government will be a failure. He even went to my senatorial district five days before my taking over and said he was establishing a Technical College of Education in one of the local governments. How can you establish a school like that without approval from the federal government, without any legislation from the State House of Assembly, without any infrastructure, no plans for teachers, no plans for equipment? He did this so that when I come, I will find problem on ground.

After he left, I told the people that it was a story-telling because there is nothing on ground to establish a college of education. What I discovered later is that we have a Federal College of Education (Technical). The Provost told me that Kwankwaso told him he wanted to establish a college of education and he told him not to because we are not even filling our quota in the federal college.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The crème of Nigeria’s political class, industry, professions, sports and entertainment will converge on Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital, today to celebrate 23 distinguished Nigerians being honoured at The Sun Awards.

This year’s edition of the annual red carpet ceremony, reputed to be the biggest media and entertainment event in the country, coincides with the 15th anniversary of The Sun Publishing Ltd, publishers of the Daily Sun, Saturday Sun, Sunday Sun and Sporting Sun, Nigeria’s highest selling newspaper titles.

Venue is the Expo Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island and time 4.00pm

The Sun Awards has been hosted since 2004 by the newspaper company to recognize and promote excellence, innovation, integrity and courage.  Today’s occasion is being chaired by former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu.

Among the dignitaries expected at the awards are state governors being led by Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his Rivers, Ebonyi and Kebbi states’ counterparts, Nyesom Wike, Dave Umahi and Alhaji Atiku Bagudu; Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki; members of the National Assembly; The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II; wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aisha Buhari; CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele; Managing Director/CEO, Niger Delta Development Commission, Nsima Udo Ekere, serving and ex-ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, notable politicians and statesmen.

Leading the pack from the private sector are: renowned industrialist and chairman, Doyin Group, Prince Samuel Adedoyin; Chairman/Chief Executive, Oilserv Group, Dr. Emeka Okwuosa; Founder/Chairman, Chicason Group of Companies, Alexander Chika Okafor; Managing Director/CEO, Zenith Bank Plc, Peter Amangbo and President/CEO of Beloxxi Industries, Obi Ezeude.

A host of celebrities from Nollywood and the entertainment industry, notably Hip hop rave, Ayodeji Balogun, a.k.a. Wizkid and popular comedian and film maker, Ayo Makun (AY) and music superstar, Tuface Idibia will be adding glitz and glamour to the ceremony.

Idibia is the main act among an ‘A’ list of entertainers to thrill guests.

Also to grace the occasion is former Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams; Second Republic Minister, Malam Ismaila Isa Funtua; renowned philanthropist, Senator Osita Izunaso; rights activist, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin; the President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick and Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr.

Apart from those listed above, who are all recipients, the awards ceremony is expected to draw to the exquisite venue, a whispering  distance from the breezy Marina and the Atlantic Ocean, their friends, family members, colleagues and associates including those of Mr. Chukwudi Iboko, the police Sergeant, who lost his life battling bandits in the Owerri, Imo State bank robbery early last year. The deceased brave policeman is being honoured with The Sun Hero of the Year Award.

They will be received by the Chairman, The Sun Publishing Ltd, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and the Managing Director, Mr. Eric Osagie.

With the volume and calibre of dignitaries pouring in from different parts of the country for the soiree, Lagos may witness a total lockdown, as it had done on previous editions of the awards.

For one, the presence of the invited guests and political heavyweights, many of whom have confirmed their intention to attend the ceremony, is expected to jack up socio-economic activities on the Island.

Specifically, the city’s economy is certain to get fattened by business patronage by the visitors, who started arriving yesterday and are not expected to leave until tomorrow, especially with respect to hotel accommodation, eateries and leisure/recreational haunts.

Already Saturday Sun learnt that Eko Hotels and Suites and many other guest lodgings in Victoria Island, Lekki and environs had witnessed tremendous increase in bookings by midweek.

As it were, the annual media extravaganza has sparked off huge excitement among both the awardees and invitees.

Confirming his acceptance to be chairman at The Sun Awards in a telephone conversation with the MD/EIC, Mr. Osagie, Prof. Kalu enthused that it would be both a pleasure and honour presiding at the event where “Nigeria’s best’ are being recognized.

“I’m delighted to be chosen as chairman of The Sun Awards ceremony.  The awards are prestigious and I am happy to be part of the event. Recognising Nigeria’s best is something I want to identify with,” Kalu, a past winner of The Sun Lifetime Achievement Award” said.

Governor Ambode, who will be conferred with The Sun Man of the Year Award at today’s event, described the awards of the newspaper as the most credible and prestigious recognitions in the country.

The governor, whose unanimous choice by the Editorial Board of The Sun for the award was in recognition of the “remarkable transformations” he brought to bear on education, health, agriculture, transportation, security, youth development, infrastructure and utility, among other sectors in the ‘acquatic’ state, said he accepted the award because of the credibility attached to The Sun awards.

He praised The Sun for its achievements and conduct over the years and expressed happiness that its awards were conferred without “inducements.”

His words: “I’m pleased to receive The Sun award because there was no inducement or encumbrance.  What you have done, that is, the award, is for Lagosians.  This is because it is a reflection that people are enjoying what we are doing.”

His Rivers State counterpart, Wike, who, for the first time in the 15 years history of The Sun Awards, emerged as the Governor of the Year back-to-back, having also won it last year, said the diadem would serve as a big motivation for his administration to do more in the socio-economic development of the state and the people.

The Rivers helmsman remarked that The Sun Awards had proved to be a worthy recognition for people genuinely making the difference.

“This award will spur us to do more, be much better, to focus and continue to provide the necessary infrastructure for the development of the state,” he said.

Governor Wike, who won the prize for his incessant groundbreaking infrastructural projects across Rivers State also said his government would not relent in its developmental drive, even as he stressed: “…We are not tired of working… That is true.  For us, we have no choice than to work and put in our best.”

Also, the Emir of Kano, Mallam Sanusi II, who bagged The Sun Courage in Leadership Award, described it as a worthy honour.

According to the foremost traditional ruler, who is being garlanded for consistently speaking truth to power on how Nigeria could be moved forward, especially socially, politically and economically before and even after his ascension, said any honour based on recognition of good cause was welcomed.

The monarch, who expressed gratitude for being chosen as winner of the award, however, insisted that what people may call fearless, which is one of the attributes that earned him the honour was secondary, explaining that what was more important was “speaking the truth.”

His words: “It is not fearlessness that matters.  It is speaking the truth.  Leaders should be told the truth at all times.  That way, they would know what is happening and from there make adjustments, for the benefit of the people.”

On the bill to anchor proceedings at The Sun Awards 2017 is popular On-Air-Personality and compere, Ikponwosa Osakioduwa (a.k.a  IK).

The evening will also be spiced with music by a live band amid witty cracks by comedians, to complement Tuface’s performance. 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Former Minister of Education and foremost campaigner for the return of the Chibok girls, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has said that she lost respect for President Muhammadu Buhari when he failed to follow sound economic policies and led the nation into recession.

In this interview with Saturday Sun, Ezekwesili also blasted former President Jonathan for failing to tell Nigerians how many times he begged her to be minister during his administration. Ezekwesili further said the administration of President Buhari, has been woeful in terms of critical issues that mattered, most importantly, the dignity of human life.

Ezekwesili also dismissed the hope of a merger with the Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led Coalition for Nigeria Movement  (CNM) to take the country out of the woods, saying that the Red Card Movement she is championing, is served on whoever that had been part of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC). AIDOGHIE PAULINUS conducted the interview.

How did you come about the red card movement?

It was as a result of my angst at the empathy deficit attitude of the government that reached to the top or to the zenith during the gruesome killing of the Benue people by Fulani herdsmen earlier in January. What has happened was that the night of the killings and all through that day, there had been in the social media, pictures of the victims. I was too petrified to really look closely, but by nighttime, I stilled myself and said I have to see this for what it is. And I was looking at it on my phone and at the same time, night news was on. And I was looking at these pictures of these poor women, men, children and beyond shock that this pattern of killing could be happening over and over again without any clear sense that government was in full control of the situation and that we could confidently say, never again!

So, while I was looking at the pictures, then the news was reporting how the Minister of Communication was telling journalists that they were starting the campaign for President Buhari’s second term because of the great work he has done. And I was talking to myself, on the same day that this kind of heinous, hideous, shocking tragedy was being a source of distress for the families that had lost their people, someone this important in government, is talking about 2019 elections? I was so angered by this. So, the next morning, I did a twit. That night, I was very clear in my mind that we needed to as citizens, let our voices be heard. So, the next morning, I did a series of twit, saying that I have just one political agenda: it is to make sure that neither the APC nor PDP ever governs this country again. And that I was issuing them my red card and that even if my red card would be the only red card that is issued, God Himself will breathe on my red card and they would never govern this country again because these are migratory elements that go from one platform to another platform, showing no difference in their attitude to governance. And so, when I did my series of twits, other citizens came on board and said, we also want to issue red cards to these politicians. It is very clear that there is no difference between six and half dozen. And so, before you knew it, the momentum just picked up; there was an outpouring of interest on the part of citizens to become a movement and that is how we became a movement. It happened all on social media. It had nothing to do with any individual sort of sitting and calibrating. We didn’t have any of that. It was on the spur of the moment.

How do you intend to achieve your mission?

Oh, we are going to achieve it. We are working assiduously as citizens.

Is it through a political party?

No. We are a citizens’ movement. We are saying that it is now time for citizens to get out there and to determine the kinds of instincts and principles and decisions of our political class. For too long, we just ignored that political class and they carried on as they pleased. Not anymore! Citizens want to determine the kind of decisions that our political class make. Our political class has frequently looked down on citizens as though citizens don’t matter. Why is that so? They have hijacked the political landscape, they have mastered it, they have monetized it, they have corrupted it and they have disempowered the citizens in the process. And so, what you find is that there is general apathy towards politics and governance on the part of the middle class in our society who should actually by virtue of literacy, by virtue of their enlightenment, be able to determine better sets of standards in terms of our politics and our governance. They have looked away. So, what happens is, they just have captured the uneducated in our society and the uneducated do not realise the phenomenon power that they possess; that the power of the governor, the power of the senator, the power of the member of the House of Reps, the power of the president, is entirely dependent on the power of the citizen. So, we must now get into a conversation where the power of the citizen re-establishes itself as the basis of all other powers in our country. So, our movement is determined to unlock the base. We are determined to get citizens to the center of our politics.

Former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, told us recently in an interview gave us a green light that his group, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, is ready to work with your movement. Are you open to that?

No. But merger doesn’t even arise. The reason is simple: We, as citizens, are going to hold all of them to a standard that they have never been used to. In the past, politicians determined. They would wake up and say, oh, you know, this magazine, you will be the candidate; magazine turns up as the candidate and then, citizens will be compelled to go and vote in magazine to be their leader. In what society do you leave the political space to this kind of level of rascality? We are tired of that rascality.

So, what we are saying is, whatever name you call yourselves as political parties, there are two levels to what we are saying. Number one level is APC and PDP. Your own failure is so colossal, you have been the dominant party that ran down and degraded the values of this society, therefore, for you, it is red card. It is automatic red card. We are not even issuing yellow.

Including the Oyinlola group?

Look, as long as you have had anything to do with these dominant parties of APC and PDP as a politician, you are getting our red card. So, if you like, say to us that oh, you are now part of something, something; your history is going to show up.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Former Minister of Health, Prof A.B.C. Nwosu, has said that the third force, which former President Olusegun Obasanjo is projecting to vote out the the present government will soon dissolve into the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In an interview with VINCENT KALU, Prof Nwosu, who is one of the founding members of the PDP, wondered how it would work out if the third force doesn’t metamorphose into a political party. He also noted that Nigeria will continue to be troubled on all fronts, except the enormous powers at the centre are devolved to the states.

Nigeria seems to be troubled on all fronts, killings here and there, why?

These are symptoms of a very central disease. Just like malaria comes with temperature, all kinds of things including, lack of appetite, we have a central problem. What Nigeria is suffering from is extreme concentration of powers at the centre.

Unless Nigeria restructures, which the major thing is the devolution of powers and responsibility, the country will continue to be troubled on all fronts. As money from the federating units continues go to the centre, all these problems will be occurring. There is the need to have peace in the polity.

Talking about restructuring, following the clamour for it, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has come up with recommendations on how to restructure the country. Do you buy into those proposals?

Some of the recommendations are ok. They should look at the 2014 National Conference, which I was part of.  If there is any report that was more far reaching, that had many people involved, it was that conference, but a lot of things recommended are also in the El-rufai report.

Subjecting the El-rufai report to APC national committee, etc, is red herring. It’s just applying delay tactics so that Nigerians will say that the elections are near, and is not right. If it goes out by early March, as Executive Bill to the National Assembly, I will be happy.

People are asking why didn’t Jonathan do it; ok, why didn’t Jonathan also win the election? So, if the person didn’t do it, you also shouldn’t do it, even if you think it is the right thing to do. I don’t understand why they are delaying it further; if they mean it they can send it immediately as Executive Bill.

Some people are skeptical about the report because they reason that the president doesn’t believe in restructuring, and his party that cannot override him is coming up with such an idea. What is your view on this?

I believe, but the only way they can prove me wrong is if they send an Executive Bill this week; if they don’t do that, people will keep suspecting them, including me.

What is the shape of things to come in 2019?

We pray there will be presidential election; INEC said it would come. If we don’t do anything about restructuring and we think that the problem is only leadership, I don’t know what leader you would get. Will he be able to stop the herdsmen clash; will he be able to check all the numerous things, including moving the economy?

The entire thing is the courage to restructure and give states more resources. How can states be viable when the Federal Government has pocketed all the money?  That wasn’t like that at independence, and instead of facing it, people are telling me that it is about youth and old.

When Michael Okpara was premier of the defunct Eastern Region, he was only 39 years old, and he did so much. Nobody ruled Nigeria before that was more than early 50, until former President Obasanjo came back, and Buhari came back. In their first time of ruling Nigeria they were in their 40s. It is not about age, it is what the person is going to do about Nigeria.

What is your position of the reordering of the election schedule by the National Assembly with the presidential poll coming last?

The NASS has the right to make laws. How does it matter which one comes first; how did it go before now? Whether presidential comes first or last, what we want is a credible election that is not rigged, where we do not have underage voters. In some past elections, presidency didn’t start, while in some past elections it started first.

While should people be splitting hairs over the NASS’ ability to make laws.

Talking about underage voters, as witnessed in Kano State council poll, what does this portend for 2019?

Disaster. Some people are already promising five million votes and more to their parties. Are they divisible into five million? You can only promise your vote. This portends disaster.

There is what I can call  ‘PVC war’.  Every region or state is mobilizing her people for voters cards. In 2015, we had 68 million voters, as at today, we have 74 million voters and registration is still on going. What does this trend mean?

INEC has a law that says, you are eligible to vote in Nigeria if you are of a particular age, and guidelines. INEC should follow the guidelines and if there are any discrepancies, it is the INEC’s faults, and it will have serious consequences on the election. INEC should do its job properly. You cannot refuse anybody the right to be registered to vote, but if you go ahead giving so many PVCs such that underage people can have PVC, you are accountable.

How prepared is PDP for 2019?

The PDP is playing its roles as opposition. It wasn’t expecting to be in opposition, but it grew very arrogant and found itself there, and it grew more arrogant and found itself in a major problem, which the Supreme Court sorted out for us. It should teach PDP humility. In the end, it is the will of the people. A party that promises power to the people should in effect try and make itself very popular, and ascertain the will of the people.

It has already done so when it said it was zoning the presidency to the North, that in my view is correct, being one of the founding members of the PDP, who insisted power shift to the South.

In the 1994 Abacha Conference, the major insistence was on rotational presidency. So, when I see people who say it doesn’t really matter, I shrug and say there was a reason the learned people in Nigeria then, talking from the Southeast in that conference – Ojukwu, Ekwueme, Mbakwe ,etc, were there, and they all collectively led the Southeast in insisting  on rotational presidency and everybody agreed and it was in that draft constitution presented by Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte.

They looked at it and said it makes for stability.

The same people who are shouting it doesn’t matter will soon shout it does matter when they lose the presidency, and find that is not because they were qualified, but somebody less qualified had used his political muscle to get it.

PDP got it right by that, and I think it got it right by listening to the people, and then we will have a good 2019 election.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
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Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Edo Command on Friday destroyed illicit drugs valued 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
PDP blames Presidency Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye and Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, has 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
A pastor in Afam, Rivers State, has been arrested in connection with the murder of three persons 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Friday triggered a fresh controversy about his status as a registered 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has canvassed the adoption of ranching, as one of the 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Woman conceives after 12 years of marriage, carries pregnancy for four years LINUS OOTA, Lafia Call it mystery of the first order. An otherwise happily married woman waited for 12 years to conceive and when she eventually did, she had to wait for about four more years before she could be delivered of the baby.... 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
We want to go back to school, they groan as number of out-of-school children swells over herdsmen crisis ROSE EJEMBI, Makurdi It was a busy mid-morning and everyone seemed to be going about their businesses within the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp located at Agan Toll Gate in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. In one... 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
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Head Coach of the U20 Boys' National Team, Paul Aigbogun has called to camp 28 players as the seven 

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If Barca avoids defeat against Girona today it will be their 32nd league game without a loss, their best 

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Arsenal drew another continental heavyweight at the last 16 stage of the European competition yesterday 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Joe Apu, Bamako D' Tigers captain Ike Diogu kept his leadership style with a convincing win over Uganda 

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Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, has said while he welcomes constructive criticisms 

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Fred Itua, Abuja Three days after three primary school pupils died in Abuja from an alleged food poisoning, 

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Chidi Nnadi, Enugu Determined to help Nigeria migrate from commodity to knowledge-based economy, the 

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IT was one night of sweet remembrances, a night of nostalgia that rewound the clock and brought back 

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In the province of alternative dispute resolution, four professional career paths stand out. These are 

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The poor state of hospitals in Nigeria was in focus at the House of Representatives last week. The 

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Death, for sure, is stronger than the most powerful man. Imagine during the funeral, you see Aunty inside 

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Your story in business ventures and ultimately coming this far in manufacturing and founding the Beloxxi 

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Growing up (about 1932), we had a tall neighbor with a lean look. He could separate a fight with one 

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Some men throw away their faces or look away so as to avoid seeing their women's facial expression 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
ERIC TENIOLA Dr Alex Ekwueme's committee on creation of more states worked in conjunction with another 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Sina Ogunbambo That Engineer Ajibola Bankole Adebutu, the Managing Director of JB Farms Limited and Tosett 

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Nigeria lost one of her finest soldiers ever with the passage of John Nanzip Shagaya, who died in a ghastly 

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Ikenna Obioha Her name may not ring a bell in this clime, but US-based Nigerian actress, Sope Aluko, 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
While his colleagues were having the best of Yuletide last December, veteran actor, John Okafor better 

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At 21 and on the cusp of adulthood, pretty and talented Akinlaja Kofoworola is arguably one of the youngest 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
From drama, romance and action, GOtv has got you covered! Showing on M-Net Movies Zone (channel 3) tonight 

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Social activist and Women Arise founder, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has commended the philanthropic efforts 
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