NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 13 April, 2018.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Ahead of governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, Special Adviser to tne President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, has denied speculation that he is being backed by President Muhammadu Buhari, to fly the ticket of the party.

This is coming as the only female governorship aspirant of APC, Dr. Mojisola Yahaya-Kolade, rules out the possibility of being defeated by any of the male aspirants which include Engr. Segun Oni, Kayode Fayemi, Babafemi Ojodu among others.
Addressing press conference Thursday, shortly after he picked his nomination form at the APC national Secretariat in Abuja, Ojodu described the insinuation as an insult to his personality to be called Buhari’s candidate.
“Let me say this, I am not the President’s candidate. I’m nobody’s candidate. The president is a father to all of us. I have a history in this country. I started fighting the military at the age of 27. I wrote my first ‘will’ at the age of 29. I was locked up 15 times between 1993 and 1998. I am a man of myself. I fought Babangida, I fought Abacha, I fought Obasanjo, I campaigned for democracy, I campaigned for good governance, I campaigned for human rights and I suffered for it.
“I was in prison for nine months, I wore one cloth for nine month. That cloth I wore for nine month is in the museum at the epicentre of Ekiti state.
“So, at my level, at 57, I am not a cripple, I am not a baby, I don’t need crutches, I don’t have to be President’s candidate. In fact, I am coming too late. I have enough knowledge and education to be President of this country. Therefore, it is an insult to say somebody is carrying me, I don’t need anybody to carry me.
“President Buhari is our leader, he is our president and he is the leader of our party. If you know him very well, he’s a fair-minded person. If I decide today, if his wife is from Ekiti and she’s in this race with me, President Buhari will still be fair to all of us. That’s the man I know. So, perish that thought. If anybody comes to you to say, he is being backed or presented by the President, know that person is a bloody liar.”
In her own, Dr Yaya-Kolade, said she was on the race to bridge the gap between the people of the state and the government and to improve the well-being of the people of the state.

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She also said she would decrease unemployment rate in the state by creating employment opportunities for its teaming youths.
“Quality education is necessary and a must to bring up youths in the state, our health care is terrible and my administration. If elected, my administration will bring up the health care standard in the state to make it apar with that of Lagos state.”
She expressed confidence that she would get the party´s ticket at the primary slated for May 5, adding that she had the backing of the women of the state and the generality of the people.


Fri, 13 Apr 2018
All Progressive Congress(APC) Ebonyi chapter has been called to put their house in other and stop pointing accusing finger on Ebonyi state Governor,chief David Umahi.

This Ebonyi state Commissioner on Environment Chief Donatus Njoku emphasized on Thursday when he addressed journalist in Abakaliki.

Acting Chairman of the party in the state, Eze Nwachukwu had accused
Umahi of training thugs against the opposition for the 2019 general
election.

He also alleged insecurity in the state

Mr Njoku however stated that the opposition party should be concerned with is the intractable crisis in the party and how to resolve it.

He debunked the claim of the party that there was insecurity in the state and that the government was training militia against the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“You and I know that he is a drowning man. APC in the refused to put

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its house in order, they are the ones fighting themselves. instead of
looking for a way to resolve their problems, they resorted to accusing
the state government of training killer squad. They themselves know
that the Governor is man of peace.

“The state we met in 2015 is not the state we are seeing today.
Everybody know what was happening in Ezillo where people were
massacred before the present government came on board. When the
Governor came on board, he took the bull by the horn by making sure
that peace returns to the area. Today, the Ezzas and the Ezillos are
leaving peacefully. All other places in the state where there were
crises, all of them have been resolved by the Governor”, he said. ENDS

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Action Democratic Party has berated the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for allegedly sponsoring false news that the party has signed a merger understanding with it towards 2019. A statement signed Thursday in Abuja by the Media Director of the party, Kayode Jacobs, said the National Chairman Engr. Yabagi Sani, was disappointed by the report, wondering why the SDP led Read MoreThe post ADP denies merger with SDP, says later sponsoring fake news appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buharion Thursdaycommiserated with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the people of Algeria overWednesday'smilitary plane crash near the Boufarik military airport in Algiers which claimed 257 lives. The President also extended condolences to the families and friends of bereaved Algerians and other nationals, who are in sorrow because of the tragedy. He assured President Bouteflika and those who lost their Read MoreThe post Buhari condoles with President Bouteflika, Alger 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
A Prince in Iwo, Osun State, Alhaji Oladimeji Semiu Fanta, has described the recent title adopted by the controversial monarch of the town, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdurRasheed Adewale Akanbi, as alien to the town. He attributed the attitudes of Oba Akanbi to his refusal to observe the 90 days seclusion and traditional wearing of crown. Speaking with newsmen in Read MoreThe post Iwo Prince flays monarch, says Emir, Waziri, alien to Iwoland appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
By Joshua Egbodo House of Representatives yesterday held a special valedictory session in honour of its late Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Buba Jibril, during which glowing tributes were paid to the deceased, as well as late Senator Bukar Mustapha, who also died recently. Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in a brief chat with journalists, just after the long Read MoreThe post Reps hold valedictory session for departed deputy leader, others appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja yesterday admitted documents as exhibits in the ongoing trial of former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Bello Mohammed Haliru, his son and company over N300m fraud. The documents were tendered by prosecution witness as evidence and proof that the said amount (N300 million) was laundered by Haliru, his son Abba Read MoreThe post 'N300m fraud': Court admits fresh evidence against ex-PDP chair Haliru appeared first on B 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Sequence Democratic Alternative, a nongovernmental organisation, has described the advice given to President Muhammadu Buhari by Governor Umar Ganduje to contest for a second term in office as a good omen to the nascent democracy. In a letter sent to the governor, signed by the National Coordinator of the group, Mr Adewale John Senior, the group observed that Ganduje, before Read MoreThe post Ganduje's call for Buhari's declaration good for democracy ' Group appeared first on Blue 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Buhari Support Group Centre (BSGC) has said the President's declaration to contest for a second term ''is a sound and logical decision that the majority of patriotic Nigerians have been yearning for in the last one year. Director General of BSGC, Umaru Dembo, who stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, added that ''by so doing, Mr. President Read MoreThe post Buhari's declaration sound, logical, says support centre DG appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Elder statesman, Dr. Malami Shehu Ma'aji, has condoled President Muhammadu Buhari and family of late Madawaki over the death of Madawaki Daura, Senator Mustapha Bukar Musa, who died after a brief illness at Abuja Turkish Nizem Hospital. Dr. Malami expressed this during a condolence visit in Daura, Katsina state, describing the death of the senator as a big loss to Read MoreThe post Senator Bukar's death remains a huge loss ' Malami appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Katsina state government has awarded contract for the construction of 150 housing units in the state at the cost of N1.9 billion. This was disclosed to newsmen in Katsina by the General Manager of Katsina State Housing Authority, Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Daura, in an interview. Salisu Daura said, of the 150 housing units, 100 were of three bedroom while 50 Read MoreThe post Masari awards N1.9bn 150 Katsina housing units appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
At least 10 persons have been killed and many others injured in attacks by Fulani herdsmen on Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state. Seven persons were killed in Gbeji, Ukum local government while the remaining three were killed in Channel 1, Tswaregh council ward of logo local government area. 'Those killed in Gbeji were named to include, Read MoreThe post Again, herders attack 2 Benue LGs, kill 10 appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Speaker of the Kwara state Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad yesterday clarifi ed that he was yet to declare his intention to contest the governorship of the state or any other elective position. Ahmad disclosed that what he said during an interview session with some journalists on sundry national issues in Ilorin was to decry undue emphasis on governorship alone, and Read MoreThe post Ive not declared for gov'ship Kwara Speaker appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The appeal filed to the Supreme Court by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki against the Court of Appeal's decision to restore three of the 18 counts earlier dismissed by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is billed for hearing today. Today's judgement of the Supreme Court will determine whether or not the protracted trial by the CCT will continue. Read MoreThe post CCT trial: S'Court decides Saraki's fate today appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the aegis of Garki Kingdom Elite Forum has called on the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, to integrate all settlements of the original inhabitants of the FCT into the master plan in line with the Global Resettlement Policy. The FCT indigenes also called for a halt on what they described as forceful Read MoreThe post Master plan: FCT indigenes urge government for inclusion appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship contender for Kuje area council, Alhaji Alhassan Bako Kuje, has urged the electorate to correct past mistakes by electing credible leaders in the 2019 general elections. Bako Kuje said 2019 presents an opportunity for the electorate to use their votes wisely by electing leaders that will provide democracy dividends. The chairmanship hopeful made the appealed Read MoreThe post Aspirant counsels politicians, electorate on past mistakes appeared first on 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Senate yesterday decried yearly dwindling budgetary allocations to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which by available records, have dropped from N109 billion it was in 2008 to as low as N30 billion allocated for it in the 2017 fiscal year. This was even as the upper legislative chamber wondered why, out of the N30 billion allocation appropriated for Read MoreThe post Budget: FCT's allocation drops from N109bn to N30bn appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
A political group under the umbrella of the Democratic People's Congress (DPC) has urged Nigerians particularly credible aspirants for various elective positions in the 2019 general elections to identify with the party . The National Chairman of the party, Olusegun Peters, in a press statement issued yesterday in Abuja while reacting to the President Muhammed seeking reelection of the 2019 Read MoreThe post 2019: DPC wants Nigerians to identify with party appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
President General Ohanaeze Igbo Women Organization Worldwide,Chief Calista Nkiru Adimachukwu, berates Its General Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, were he claimed that the Women Wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Youth Wing were dissolved by the ImeObi. According to the group, this is the second time such statement has been published in national dailies by the cronies of Chief Nnia Read MoreThe post Women group berates scribe over false claim appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Project Coordinator of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) Mr Monday Osasah, has called for inter-agency collaboration between NESREA and NOSDRA in the enforcement of the EIA standards in the case of oil and gas related operations from the building facilities to laying of pipelines as prescribed by the Oil Pipeline Act among others. He Read MoreThe post Oil and Gas: Centre wants NESREA, NOSDRA collaboration appeared first on Blueprint. 

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