NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday 13 May, 2018.

Sun, 13 May 2018
In at least seven states, factions elected parallel executives during yesterday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government Congresses. Reports filed by state correspondents show that some of the states where parallel congresses held yesterday include Enugu, Kogi, Ondo, Zamfara, Bayelsa, Kwara and Abia.

In Enugu State for example, Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Special Assistant to the President on Judicial Reviews, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku and the Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, emerged as delegates. But they were elected from parallel congresses of the Udi Local Council.

Onyeama and Ibekaku, as well as other key officials of the Udi APC Local Government, were elected unopposed at a parallel congress held at Comprehensive High School, Abia-Udi.

Okechukwu was elected at a parallel congress held at the Udi APC Local Government office, 9th Mile Corner, Ngwo, near Enugu.

Okechukwu was returned unopposed likewise two other national delegates, Mr. Charlie Chime and Maureen Anosike, at the same venue.

Onyeama, while commenting on the congress, said: “But unfortunately, those who want to be elected and the congress team that came here, the chairman, claimed that the National Working Council said they should only meet with the chairman of the state party.


 
“The chairman of the state party himself is interested in competing, so you can imagine a situation where they said that the person who is interested in being elected should be the one that should carry out the election process.

“So, what has happened is exactly what you would expect to happen; he now keeps all the forms for himself and completely excludes everybody else; in fact, he excludes the majority of the people. And we can’t allow that to happen.

“So we have gone on with the parallel congress. I spoke to the chairman of the congress; I said to him you just impose a democratic process on the state; but he said no, he had instruction from Abuja that he should relate with the chairman, and that he knows is not fair, and that he knows that will just come up with a list without having gone through any electoral process at all.

“But we are going to fight it today because you’ve seen so many people here, and by God’s grace, their votes must count.”

The APC National Vice Chairman for South-East, Emma Eneukwu and the Acting Women Leader, Mrs. Oby Nwofor were among the party chieftains from the local government who attended the congress in which the VON Managing Director was elected.


Sun, 13 May 2018
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, will fly the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, and it is official.

With 941 of the delegates to yesterday’s rescheduled primary of the party throwing their weight behind him, Fayemi defeated a strong field of 31 other aspirants in the poll conducted at Damlek Event Centre, Oke-Ila, Ado-Ekiti.


 
Trailing Fayemi in the second position was Chief Segun Oni who got 481 votes.

Both had, at different times in the past, governed the state.

Oni, was also before now, Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC.

Kayode Ojo, an engineer, received 281 votes to place third.

Mr. Femi Bamisile came fourth with 179 followed by Dr. Wole Oluyede (121), Senator Gbenga Aluko (86), Chief Sesan Fatoba (43), Mr. Bimbo Daramola (28), Mr. Bamidele Faparusi (23), Mr. Victor Kolade (16), Mr. Kola Alabi (14), Tosin Olofinluyi (14) and Senator Babafemi Ojudu with 10 votes even after pulling out of the race earlier in the week.

Otunba Yinka Akerele got 11 votes, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele (11), Chief Bisi Aloba (7), Dr.Wole Oluleye (6), Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade (4), Mr. Bodunde Adeyanju (3), Dr. Bayo Orire (3), Senator Ayo Arise (2) and Mr.  Muyiwa Olumilua (2), Mr. Ajayi Olowo (2), and Mr. Muyiwa Coker (2).

Mr. Oladipo Ogunkayode, Mrs. Elizabeth Matesun, Mr. Debo Ajayi, got 1 vote each while the remaining aspirants failed to receive any vote.

Eleven votes were declared invalid.

As soon as counting was concluded at about 10.50 pm and it was obvious that Fayemi had won, APC national leader,Asiwaju Bola Tinubu called him by phone to congratulate him on his victory.

Oni, Arise and other aspirants also moved in Fayemi’s direction to congratulate him.

This was in contrast to the acrimony that marred the last week’s aborted primary.

Voting commenced at 1.10 pm with statutory delegates casting their ballots.

The statutory delegates included former governors, deputy governors, Senators, Representatives and Assembly members.

Prior to the commencement of voting, Chairman of the Electoral Panel, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, had announced that 2,618 names were on the delegates list from the National Secretariat.

However, 2,327 were eventually accredited to vote.

Sun, 13 May 2018
No fewer than four persons were feared dead while six others sustained gunshot wounds yesterday in Ogun State as operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and smugglers engaged in a shootout at Ilara, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area.

It was gathered the incident happened at the border town with the Republic of Benin at about 8.30am.

Sources said trouble began when suspected smugglers while moving bags of rice in a convoy to Abeokuta, Ogun State, were accosted by a joint anti-smuggling patrol team made up of the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and soldiers.

It was said that as the soldiers and the Customs officers attempted to impound the contraband goods, the smugglers put up a stiff resistance, which resulted in an exchange of fire, leaving about four people dead and six others with gunshot wounds.


 
The Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed the incident but he could not give the exact number of casualties.

He admitted there was an interdiction between the Customs and smugglers at the Ilara border town yesterday.

He said: “I learnt there was an interdiction between our men (Customs) and smugglers in Ilara border town when the smugglers wanted to move bags of rice in their vehicles out of the town to their receivers.

“But I don’t have details of the incident but I will get back to you as soon as I am fully briefed.”

Sun, 13 May 2018
The U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem will be dedicated on Monday, May 14, 2018, the Department of State has announced.The Office of the Spokesperson for the Department said it was proud to announce the dedication adding Amb. David Friedman would preside over the dedication ceremony.It added that Deputy Secretary John Sullivan would lead the Presidential Delegation to the historic opening along with Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.Other members of the presidential delegation are Senior Ad 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Alleges racial discriminationA NIGERIAN woman is in court against the United Airlines, claiming the carrier racially discriminated against her in removing her from her flight at Houstons Bush Intercontinental Airport following a complaint by a fellow passenger that she had a pungent odour.Hearing the federal discrimination suit filed by Queen Obioma is a court in Texas.The plaintiff said she and her children were wrongfully kicked off a flight headed to San Francisco on March 4, 2016, the second 


Sun, 13 May 2018
Former Nigerias Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has slammed those she termed mischief-makers for putting words in her mouth, saying she described former governors Rotimi Amaechi and Raji Fashola, now ministers, as scavengers.Okonjo-Iweala, who was also a former minister of finance during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was reacting to reports trending on the social media where she allegedly said yesterdays scavengers are todays saints.The two-time Minister 

Sun, 13 May 2018
A mother is someone who supports and motivates us throughout our life. Mothers can replace anybody in our life but nobody can replace our mother. She never expects anything from us except love.A mother is a person in our life who gives us birth, who teaches us how to live this life, who enlightens us on the good and bad times. No matter how much we get successful in life, no other thing can give us peace as the mothers lap.No matter how hard we try, we cannot pay her debts in our entire life. Sh 

Sun, 13 May 2018
IF on the three occasions the Senate invited the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, he had honoured them with his powerful and imperial presence, it would have cost him and the Police Force far less than the more than five or six advertisement pages he has taken out in a few newspapers to explain and justify his obduracy. Since he takes out advert spaces every time he is summoned and he declines the invitation, there is no telling whether a fourth invitation would not see him gall 

Sun, 13 May 2018
EX-PRESIDENT Olusegun Obasanjo is reputed to be among the luckiest Nigerians alive, certainly the luckiest to have ruled Nigeria. But whether he believes in the concept of luck or not, he will hope that by whatever name it is called, that luck will hold up very well against the divine mandate President Muhammadu Buharis men have clothed the Katsina-born generals presidency. Dr Obasanjo may have hoped that by now, the blistering statement he issued in January against President Buharis re-election 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Ajimobi: justice must be done There were wailing and anger yesterday at Idi-Oro area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital when a young girl was allegedly shot dead by a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC).The girl, simply identified as Kofoworola, was shot dead at about 12:00 noon after the dust settled following a clash by hoodlums.Our correspondent learnt there was a clash among hoodlums in the area while the local government election was going on peacefully.There was r 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Asks Emzor to declare indicted sales rep wantedThe National Agency for Food, and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday lifted the shutdown order on three pharmaceutical companies closed on May 7 for production of codeine cough syrups.The affected firms are: Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd Lagos; Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited in Ilorin, Kwara State.NAFDACs Director-General Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement, gave the directive following m 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Tolu Oniru-Demuren, widely known as Toolz, is one of the most popular voices on Nigerian airwaves. The multiple-award winning presenter, talk show host has carved a niche for herself in the broadcast industry. With confidence and style Toolz has consistently shared personal stories about her tough experiences before attaining her present height. Since her return to Nigeria in 2009, she has consistently dominated news headlines and social media trends. Based on her personal experience with body i 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Scripture Union (SU) Lagos Zone has celebrated its 20th anniversary/supporters/ ministers forum at Christ Anglican Church, Amuwo-Mile 2.Its chairman Olalekan Arigbede said the event called for celebration because of the milestone achievements of the Christian association, adding: it is great.He noted that two areas were created from the old one in 1998 while over 57 groups had been formed in the area.To enable the association execute some of its projects and programmes, Arigbede called for spons 

Sun, 13 May 2018
The Forum of Niger Delta ex-agitators is alleging a plot to destabilize the tenure of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo.Coordinating the alleged plot, according to the group, is a retired military officer.The ex-militants who have been enlisted in the second phase of the Programme have warned the unnamed retired military officer to desist immediately.Spokesman for the forum, Augustine Egba, said in a statement in Abuja that the brain behind the alleg 

Sun, 13 May 2018
The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on African countries to take advantage of the available technological platforms to adapt home grown innovation and solutions to resolve the socio-economic challenges facing the continent at the moment.Ikpeazu delivering a speech, Accelerating Digital Governance at the 4th edition of Transform Africa Summit, holding in Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda stated that African states must tag along in the global technology journey and by 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Let me start this week by recounting a joke I once read in the Readers Digest, I think it was. There was once a king who was worried about not knowing exactly what his subjects thought of him. So he got up one day, determined to find out, and dressed himself as a wretched pauper, then slipped out of the palace doors.He then fetched up at a bar where he met a lone, wizened old drinker. Simulating the manner of a carefree citizen, the king asked breezily, And what do you think of the king' Sh 

Sun, 13 May 2018
THE question people have continued to ask back home in Biu is what may have necessitated close allies of former Acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Muhammed Dauda, to join in a bitter fight against him'It was rather curious and intriguing to many people that the duo of Mustapha Shehu, a publisher and media consultant from Biu in Borno State and Mustapha Betara Aliyu, a retired Deputy Director of NIA, also from Biu, who were close allies of Daura for 

Sun, 13 May 2018
WITH a little over a year to the gubernatorial elections, several aspirants have emerged in various parties in Imo State and many more are expected to emerge in the next few months.So far, those who have emerged can be described as a motley crowd the good, the bad and the ugly: The serious and the unserious; the capable and the incapable. All of them want to govern us.It is within their rights to aspire and no one can begrudge them that. However, there is one man in the race who has excited me 

Sun, 13 May 2018
As the race for the 2019 General Elections gathers momentum, Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, writes on how the scheming and other developments in Kwara State are playing out within the political camp of former governor of the state and current Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki BARELY a year to the next general election, the political camp of the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, back in his home state of Kwara, appears to be bedeviled with a new wave for crises as some of his 

Sun, 13 May 2018
In this interview with Yusufu Idegu in Jos, Professor Mary Lar, the wife of the pioneer National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and first civilian governor of Plateau State, late Chief Solomon Daushep Lar, recalls the last days of the politician and explains why PDP lost the 2015 Presidential Election. ExcerptsHOW has life been in the last five years without your beloved husband'Life has been so boring indeed, it is not easy living alone after losing the man that you have li 

Sun, 13 May 2018
David Sabo Kente recently declared interest to contest for All Progressives Congress ticket in the 2019 governorship election in Taraba State. Senior Correspondent, Fanen Ihyongo, writes on the chances of the APC in the state, if Kente wins the APCs primary electionLONG before his declaration to contest for the governorship ticket of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State, David Sabo Kente, has become a household name in the states politics. A philanthropist, his admirers said he is pop 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Recently,Victory Oghenechoja Jimmy Enyeh, declared his intention to represent Ethiope West Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly. The journalist-turned politician told Daniel Adeleye, why he plans to succeed Hon. Erhiatake Ibori, the daughter of former Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori in the House of Assembly in 2019.VICTORY Oghenechoja Jimmy Enyeh, the Publisher of Abuja- based National Waves magazine is out to succeed Hon. Erhiatake Ibori, the daughter of the former 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Its a slum but founder of Footprints of David Art Academy, Seun Awobajo, sees gems in the children inhabiting it. And for over a decade, Awobajo, a versatile artiste, has trained the little ones in several art forms. Recently, he declared open a Cottage Theatre to promote not only the children in arts but to re-position Bariga, Lagos on the arts map, JOE AGBRO JR. writesIT is not easy locating No 130, Community Road, Yaba, Lagos. With no clear numbering, Community Road segues into a slum. Yet on 

Sun, 13 May 2018
LAST Tuesday, the billionaire and property merchant, Sir Olu Okeowo, marked his birthday with a lot of frenzy. It was another gathering of the crme of the society at his eye-popping mansion, otherwise called Palacio de Okeowo, located inside Park-View Estate, Ikoyi Lagos.He loves to engage in the celebrations of life, especially his birthday, when he counts his blessings and thanks the Almighty God for His mercies and grace in his life. Okeowo, spared no cost in making his guests most welcome. S 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Dr. Zainab, the beautiful wife of of Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, is not resting on her oars as mother to about 3.4 million indigenes of Kebbi through her contributions in the health sector. A trained pediatrician consultant, and founder, Medicaid Cancer Foundation earned another merit of honour from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).The award was presented to her by the outgoing president, Prof. Mike Ozovehe Ogirima at the 58th Annual General Meeting held at the Internation 

Sun, 13 May 2018
THESE are not definitely best of times for Feyi Soluade-George, the first wife of frontline politician and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Chief Bode George. She lost her son, Dipo to the cold hands of death. The deceased, 42 died last Tuesday at a hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos after a long battle with an undisclosed ailment.Not much is known about the extremely private scion of the Georges family until his death. Soluade-George, who is an attorney with specialty in Oil and Gas law has remained i 

Sun, 13 May 2018
ASIDE politics, one thing the Speaker of House of Representatives is passionate about is farming.Although a trained lawyer,Yakubu Dogara invested a lot of time and money in his farm located in Nassarawa State and despite his tight schedules he still finds time to visit the farm, which is said to be standing on about 20 acres of land.The 14th speaker of the House of Reps who once said it is honourable to serve others will no doubt retire to his farm when he quits active politics.The post About Ya 

Sun, 13 May 2018
WASIU Taiwo, the famous tailor behind Wessy Creations who clothes dignitaries in Ogun State, among them former President Obasanjo, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, is in his best moment.He completed his fashion instituteWessy Tailoring and Vocational Institute which he commissioned as part of his birthday celebration last month.Apart from fashion, the designer is also into the hospitality business. He owns the upscale Continental Hotel in Abeokuta and has continued to 

Sun, 13 May 2018
If it were a major index of a nations economic wellbeing, it would have been said that Nigeria has achieved major growth, even prosperity. But the number of active mobile telephone lines in a country may at best, only give an indication of the population of such a country; perhaps an idea of teledensity and the net-worth of major players in the industry.Notwithstanding, the indices emanating from the Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC), the chief regulator of Nigerias telecoms sector, a 

Sun, 13 May 2018
The Lagos state governor, Mr. Akinwunnmi Ambode has reassured investors of his administrations commitment towards providing adequate security infrastructure for investors in the Lekki Free Trade Zone.Ambode said this at the foundation laying ceremony of Longrich $20milion Research Institute Factory at the Lekki-Free Trade zone recently.The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Commerce and industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye said that the state government is highly 

Sun, 13 May 2018
The 5th Digital Dialogue Conference, facilitated by MultiChoice Africa, points the way for Africas pay-television industry.The future of the pay-television industry in Africa was, again, the focus at the 5th Digital Dialogue Conference, which held in Dubai between 2 and 5 May. The conference, organised by MultiChoice Africa, debuted in 2012 as a thought leadership platform for better understanding of the future of the continents pay-television industry.Attendees comprised of industry thought lea 

Sun, 13 May 2018
For his exemplary leadership and promotion of transparency and accountability as the Group Executive Director/ Chief Finance Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other places where he had worked, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (lCAN) has honouredMr. Isiaka AbdulRazaq, with a merit award, lCANs highest honour.At the ICAN 2018 annual dinner attended by captains of industry, policymakers and leaders of thought at the Eko Hotels & Suites Lagos, Abd 

Sun, 13 May 2018
About N110 million in cash prizes have been won by several fidelity bank customers in addition to several consolations prizes such as electric generators, TVs sets among others.In his remark, the Deputy Managing Director of the Bank, Mr Balarabe Ibrahim said from the commencement of the promo, the bank was able to boost its savings account balance by about N10billion since the commencement of the promo.He said the idea behind the promo is to helped Nigerians boost their savings culture in order 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Cowbell Chocolate, a brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, has entered into partnership withSupa Strikas, an iconic football property for young people.Speaking on the deal, the head of Legal/PR, Promasidor Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Enahoro, said the Cowbell Chocolate collaboration would leverage the publications monthly comic series and weekly animated TV shows, which premiered last month, to inspire kids and teenagers positively. He noted that the partnership was to reignite courage among young people 

Sun, 13 May 2018
TradeDepot, the innovativeSaaS platform for FMCG distribution in Africa, recently announced $3 million in funding. Partechs recently launched Africa Fund led the Series A round which will support the expansion of TradeDepots footprint in Nigeria and development in other countries. Since its founding in 2016, TradeDepot has successfullydeveloped a 360 solution integrating all participants in the trade value chain: manufacturers, distributors and retailers.The solution quickly convinced first rank 

Sun, 13 May 2018
For former staff members of NITEL resident in Ikorodu, an uptown district of Lagos, poverty has remained a metaphor of their existence at retirement.But that is now being further compounded by the fear of insecurity of their lives and property, no thanks to the nefarious activities of land grabbers who have since taken over the hitherto peaceful neighbourhood.Speaking with The Nation at the weekend some representatives of the embattled community under the aegis of NITEL/MTEL Landlord Association 

Sun, 13 May 2018
From shelf to shelf I searched for cassava bread in Shop Right, Roban stores, Spaar, Games stores, Park&Shop, Just Right, Osata, Blenco and other major super markets and bakeries in Nigeria.For those who have eaten the Nigerian cassava bread, you will agree with me that it was delicious. Though a little different in taste, texture, flavour from the normal wheat bread. It was something different from the usual. Cassava bread is made with 10% inclusion of cassava flour into wheat flour. Though 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Chairman of Suru Group Edward Akinlade has cried out over desperate attempts by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to dispose Best Western Plus Hotel on Allen Avenue Ikeja, Lagos at a giveaway price after sealing it without due process.He called on the federal government as well as concerned stakeholders to come to the groups rescue.Akinlade, who described AMCONs activities as illegal and fraudulent told reporters last week in Lagos operatives of AMCON stormed Best Western Plus Hote 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Expectations are high over the $2.5billion bilateral currency swap agreement between the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Peoples Bank of China. Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf in this report looks at the falloutThe official signing ceremony of the currency swap deal between Nigeria and China last weekend proved bookmakers wrong that the proposal which had been in the cooler for over two years was not a ruse after all.The Asian powerhouse has multiple year currency swap agreements of the Renminbi with Arg 
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