NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’ LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 JUNE, 2018].

19 Aspirants Screened Out Of APC Convention
Sun, 17 Jun 2018

Nineteen aspirants vying for various positions at the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention have so far been disqualified by the screening panel. This is just as the party’s appeal committee has received 18 petitions from aggrieved members. LEADERSHIP Sunday also reports that apart from office of the national chairman and the national secretary, there are petitions against aspirants in other positions, including those of the national organising secretary and the national women leader. Addressing newsmen yesterday during the panel’s sitting, chairman of the appeal committee and Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, said if his committee upholds the position of the screening committee on the 19 persons, it means they have been disqualified from contesting the election. He said: “If there is anybody who has been screened and there is a petition against him, we have power to uphold his qualification or disqualify him based on the merits of the petition. “As you can see, we have started receiving petitions and appeals. Right now, we have seven aspirants here. We have resolved to give everyone a fair hearing so that justice, equity and fairness will prevail so that we prevent crisis in the party. We are carefully selected Nigerians from all walks of life from different states that constitute the membership of this committee. “We have two days to do this job and we will be submitting our report by Monday barring any other reason.

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We are here to work all day and all night and take our decision. The screening appeal is the final appeal in this case. After this appeal committee, the next appeal will be after election appeal, which will come after the convention. We are not unmindful of the fact that the convention committee will need time to start printing of ballot papers for the convention and so we will ensure that we complete this job on time. “So far, we have about 18 petitions before us and we have 19 persons that did not make it at the screening level. These are the things we are looking at, to see the merit or otherwise of their claims. We are going to use the screening committee’s report as a major guide to whatwe are doing. As soon as we are through with this, we are going to make it known to the public those who have succeeded at the appeal committee level.”

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Ekiti Guber: We Won’t Take Chances ‘ INEC
Sun, 17 Jun 2018

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to improve on the Ekiti State 2014 governorship polls, despite the accolades it received for conducting the poll four years ago. The electoral body said the July 14 governorship election in the state and the 2019 general elections will be better than the previous polls conducted by the commission across the country. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC), Prof Abdulganiy Raji, stated this in Ado Ekiti yesterday, during a voter education programme tagged: ‘Vote not Fight’, ‘Election No Be War’, organised by a non-governmental organisation under the aegis of New Generation Girls and Women Development Initiative (NIGAWD). He said the commission was banking on its past record to make the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state a huge success. Raji disclosed that the commission may not deploy large number of security personnel to polling booths in future elections, if the achievements recorded by the commission in conduct of elections, which global community had acknowledged to be largely transparent and credible, could be maintained. The programme was co-funded by, United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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and Nigeria Democratic Institute (NDI). Raji, who was represented by the commission’s Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Taiwo Gbadegesin said: “The 2015 general elections people said were largely successful, will be nothing compared to the elections that will be conducted in Ekiti and 2019. “During the June 21, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti, there was no case of ballot snatching, no killing and this had made the INEC to rank Ekiti the best in Nigeria. As we speak, Ekiti is leading on INEC records.

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Sallah: 2 Hospitalised As Hoodlums Fight In Dutse ‘ Police

Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Police, in Jigawa, said two persons, a suspect and a victim, are receiving treatment after hoodlums fought in Dutse local government area of the state. The spokesman of the police in the state, Mr Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed this in Dutse, yesterday. Jinjiri said the people were hospitalised as they sustained various degrees of injuries []The post Sallah: 2 Hospitalised As Hoodlums Fight In Dutse ‘ Police appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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The Ministry Of The Abiding Comforter
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPJohn 16:1-11; Mark 3:13; 2:17; Luke 19:10; Matthew 13:11-12; John 6:67-69; 15:15-16,18-19; 17:14-16; Luke 9:1,2; 10:19 ‘But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou’ But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart’ (John 16:5,6). The Lord Jesus []The post The Ministry Of The Abiding Comforter appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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FGN vs MTN: Malami Has Done It Again
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPNot many who listened to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami during a press briefing after the Federal Executive Council meeting last week would get the message. Malami disclosed to State House correspondents that the FEC had approved the payment of N500million professional fees to lawyers engaged by the Federal []The post FGN vs MTN: Malami Has Done It Again appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PMB’s Govt Most Transparent ‘ Enang
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPSenior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen Ita Enang, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is the most transparent. Enang stated this when lawyers from Akwa Ibom, under the auspices of Akwa Ibom Lawyers Forum, visited him in Abuja. He urged lawyers and all Nigerians to feel free to approach []The post PMB’s Govt Most Transparent ‘ Enang appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Senator To FG: Investigate Murder Of Saro-Wiwa, Others
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Andrew Uchendu, has called on the Federal Government to investigate the murder of late Ogoni environmental rights activist, Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa and other prominent indigenes of Rivers State. Others are two former national vice chairmen, South-South of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), late []The post Senator To FG: Investigate Murder Of Saro-Wiwa, Others appeared first on Leadership Newspap
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Sylva, APC Chieftains Trade Blame Over 2016 Guber Loss
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva and some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have engaged in trading of blames for the defeat of the party by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2016 governorship election. While Chief Timipre Sylva, during the inauguration of the state executive of the APC []The post Sylva, APC Chieftains Trade Blame Over 2016 Guber Loss appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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NAF Fighter Aircraft Neutralises Insurgents In Borno
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, on 15 June 2018, successfully neutralised some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) at Parisu and Takwala, both in Borno State. This was contained in a statement signed by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, (DOPRI) Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, yesterday. He said the mission []The post NAF Fighter Aircraft Neutralises Insurgents In Borno appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Amassoma Community Lauds Gov Dickson Over Airport Project
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe people of Amassoma community in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State, have expressed joy over the ongoing international airport project sited in their community. While commending Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for envisioning the airport, they said it would provide gainful employment to Bayelsans, accelerate economic prosperity, promote peace and stability of the []The post Amassoma Community Lauds Gov Dickson Over Airport Project appeared first on Leadership Newspa
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Wike Fails To Vote In Rivers LG Polls
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPRivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, failed to vote in the local government election organised by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) yesterday. This is as the lawmaker representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo Constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr. Barry Mpigi, shunned the directives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and voted in the local council []The post Wike Fails To Vote In Rivers LG Polls appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PMB Equipped Nigerian Air Force ‘ CAS
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe chief of air staff (CAS), Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for equipping the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) with various calibres of fighter jets. He said the fighter jets are supporting ground forces in combating Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal elements threatening the unity of the nation. Air Marshall Abubakar []The post PMB Equipped Nigerian Air Force ‘ CAS appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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People Will Be Affected And Inspired By My Songs ‘ Ada Ehi
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPAda Ehi is a talented gospel musician who is passionate about God. In this Interview SAMUEL ABULUDE and ROSELYN AYAM, the mother of two speaks on her musical journey and her commitment to God. What have you been up to’ I’ve been into music, gospel music, soul lifting and life changing music. What inspired your []The post People Will Be Affected And Inspired By My Songs ‘ Ada Ehi appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Hope Rises As Tonto Dikeh Marks Birthday At Abuja IDP Camp
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPIt was a sea of excitement for residents of Bama/ Gwoza Internally Displaced Persons Camp, Abuja as they filed out in their numbers to celebrate Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh who marks her birth anniversary today. The camp which plays host to over 2,000 displaced persons came alive as it witnessed a large crowd of guests []The post Hope Rises As Tonto Dikeh Marks Birthday At Abuja IDP Camp appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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OPEC Reverses Forecasts For Non-OPEC Oil Production Growth
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, has changed its 2018 forecast for total non-OPEC supply growth, while it left unchanged its projection for world oil demand growth at 1.65 million barrels per day bpd this year. In its Monthly Oil Market Report (OPEC) revised up its non-OPEC supply growth estimate by 130,000 bpd compared []The post OPEC Reverses Forecasts For Non-OPEC Oil Production Growth appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Actress, Apologises To Juliet Ibrahim For Calling Her An Idiot
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPFollowing the rift between upcoming Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing who on Sunday got into a fight with actress Juliet Ibrahim after the former got a very hot slap from Comedian, Arole during a movie shoot, she has apologised for her outburst. These is what she said: Dear Juliet Ibrahim my name is Nkechi Blessing sunday. []The post Actress, Apologises To Juliet Ibrahim For Calling Her An Idiot appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Experts Seek Tax Holiday For Startups
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPExperts have called on the federal government to do more toward promoting new investments, especially local start-up companies, by offering them tax incentives in order to enable them thrive in the nation’s current business climate. They are unanimous in their opinion that the federal government has not done enough to encourage local investors in the []The post Experts Seek Tax Holiday For Startups appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Attacks On Vessels Place Nigerian Ports At Risk
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPFrequent attacks on vessels at berth have raised great concerns about security at Nigerian ports amid rising cost of freight. YUSUF BABALOLA writes. In the last two weeks, Nigerian ports have been under attack from hoodlums who are taking advantage of the insecurity to strike on vessels at berth. Random attacks were reported in the []The post Attacks On Vessels Place Nigerian Ports At Risk appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Russia 2018: Lacklustre Super Eagles Fall To Croatia
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Super Eagles’s 2018 World Cup campaign kicked off on an abysmal note as they were easily defeated by a more purposeful Croatian national team. The Croatian side scored two unreplied goals against an uninspiring Nigerian team in either half of the game to head the Group D table. Consequently Nigeria are bottom of the []The post Russia 2018: Lacklustre Super Eagles Fall To Croatia appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Race To Replace Oyegun And Matters Arising
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPChief John Odigie-Oyegun’s announcement not to recontest the office of the chairman of the APC may have put an end to months of speculations, the race of who succeeds him anything but easy. ANDREW ESSIEN writes. The current chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun recently announced his intentions not to []The post Race To Replace Oyegun And Matters Arising appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Zamfara: Residents Sleep In Caves To Avoid Bandits
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPLike people of the stone age era, not a few Zamfara residents in order to live to see another day have resorted to live in caves, bushes, while some others on trees. This is so as to avoid the bullets of bandits who have laid siege on the state in recent times. In this report. []The post Zamfara: Residents Sleep In Caves To Avoid Bandits appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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When Buhari Resurrected Abiola And Redefined June 12
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPCHIBUZO UKAIBE, chronicles the intrigues that surrounded the unprecedented conferment of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), award on Late MKO Abiola, by President Muhammadu Buhari. Clearly, the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola, still evokes enormous political goodwill even in death. Abiola’s struggle and unfortunate death []The post When Buhari Resurrected Abiola And Redefined June 12 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Lokoja/Kogi-Koto: The Jostle To Replace Late Buba Jibril
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPEven though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to issue a statement for a by election to fill in the space for late Hon Buba Jibril’s seat, in the House of Representatives, politicians are all out to seek the support of their constituents. SAM EGWU writes. The battle over who occupies the vacant []The post Lokoja/Kogi-Koto: The Jostle To Replace Late Buba Jibril appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ahead Of 2019: Mimiko’s Return To LP And Matters Arising
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPIt is no more news that the immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who was elected on the platform of Labour Party, LP, but later abandoned the party for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had retraced his steps back to LP. TOPE FAYEHUN examines the move and its implications on the political []The post Ahead Of 2019: Mimiko’s Return To LP And Matters Arising appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Borno, As The Desert Approaches, Lessons From China’s Kubuqi
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPIt is known that Nigeria presently faces security challenges. In this report BUKOLA OGUNSINA and FRANCIS OKOYE bring out other challenges if not addressed can take the country by surprise. As the desert creeps in through the north east, can lessons be learned from China’s Kubuqi desert now turned green with hope’ What are the []The post Borno, As The Desert Approaches, Lessons From China’s Kubuqi appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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National Carrier: The Good, Bad And Ugly Sides
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
LEADERSHIPThe federal Government recently announced that the proposed National Carrier will kick-off December 24th this year. Since the declaration, stakeholders in the aviation industry have continued to express their views, highlighting both the bright and dark sides of the project. ANTHONY AWUNOR writes. When the Minister of States on Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika announced last []The post National Carrier: The Good, Bad And Ugly Sides appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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