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2019: Makarfi Declares for Presidency
Mon, 18 Jun 2018

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After prolonged speculations about his presidential ambition, former Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi Sunday confirmed his intention to seek the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election.

In an interview with journalists in Kaduna, Makarfi, a two-term former governor of Kaduna State and a two-term former senator representing Kaduna North senatorial district, said his decision to seek for the PDP presidential ticket followed wide consultations with stakeholders across the country.

He also said he was optimistic that PDP would wrestle power from the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, noting that the party had been working for the PDP by failing to deliver on its electoral promises and govern well.

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He said his consultations with stakeholders had been positive and encouraging, hence his decision to join other party stalwarts in seeking the mandate of the party for the presidential election in 2019.

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“I have been consulting since I left office as chairman. I have been consulting across the country and you know what consultation means,” he said, adding: “Consultation is not endorsement, but it enables you to feel the pulse and it will tell you whether to go forward or not to go forward and it has been quiet positive.”

According to him, as someone who had served as governor, senator, party chairman and with his background from the private sector, he is convinced that he has the capacity to lead the country if given the mandate.

He said: “We all have our qualities, but for me, I have known governance for sometimes, at the state level, some of you are aware I served Kaduna State for three years as a commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning. I came into government from the private sector-banking sector. So I have experience in the private sector, especially the banking industry.”

Makarfi said governing a complex state like Kaduna for eight years, and managing a big party like the PDP for a year, was enough experience to manage a big and complex country like Nigeria.

He spoke on the ruling APC and said its prevailing crisis had brightened the chances of the PDP in the 2019 election.

“We must thank the APC for working for us. They have refused to govern well, they have been fighting each other. There are many things for which we can thank them,” he said.

He maintained, “There is no way the executive and the legislature can work again as one. There is no way the party can be cohesive again. There are elements in government fighting each other and there is nobody to call them to order. We should not expend our energy when somebody is working for us.

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Osinbajo, Oyegun Storm Ekiti Tuesday for Fayemi
Mon, 18 Jun 2018

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will Tuesday visit Ekiti State to flag off the governorship campaign of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, for the July 14 election.

A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Wole Olujobi, in Ekiti Sunday, said Osinbajo would be joined on the rostrum by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the Chairman of the National Campaign Committee for Ekiti Election, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, as well as members of his committee.
He, however, raised the alarm over an alleged move by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to instigate some segments of workers against Fayemi in a campaign of calumny, including mobilising thugs to cause violence in the state, ahead of the July 14 governorship poll, warning Governor Ayo Fayose against any act that could stoke violence in the run-up to the election

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Great Things Come In Small Packages
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
OUTSIDE THE BOX By AlexOtti;alex.otti@thisdaylive.com ‘There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps’.’ Peter A. Cohen ‘A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark’.’ Dante Not too long ago, one of the world’s richest men was in Nigeria. His name is Bill Gates. He took time to lecture []The post Great Things Come In Small Packages appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Rohr: Eagles’ Fate Still in their Hands Despite the Defeat against Croatia
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
*We aim to pick at-least four points from Iceland and Argentina By Duro Ikhazuagbein Kaliningrad After two silly mistakes by Oghenekaro Etebo and William Troost-Ekong earned Croatia a deserved 2-0 victory against the Super Eagles at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Russiaon Saturdaynight, Nigeria walks a tight-rope qualifying from Group D of the ongoing FIFA World []The post Rohr: Eagles’ Fate Still in their Hands Despite the Defeat against Croatia appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Etebo Unfazed by Own Goal, Focused on Iceland Game
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
Oghenekaro Etebo whose own goal earned Croatia the opening goal of the 2-0 defeat of the Super Eagleson Saturdaynightin Kaliningrad, Russia, has put the game behind him, but instead is focused on getting a decent result in Nigeria’s next World Cup 2018 Group D game against Icelandon Friday. The former Fereinse of Spain midfielder who []The post Etebo Unfazed by Own Goal, Focused on Iceland Game appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Fans Cheer Nigeria at the Super Eagles Dome in Lagos
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
Thousands of ecstatic football fans in Lagos came outon Saturdaynightto cheer on the Nigerian national football team at Super Eagles Dome, where Star Lager, the official beer of the Super Eagles showed enormous support for the National Team. The venue showcased High-tech, multi-media technology giving a 360 degree experience, where fans rallied in support of []The post Fans Cheer Nigeria at the Super Eagles Dome in Lagos appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Dalung Unveils Abuja World Cup Village, Challenges Eagles to Excel
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has commissioned the AbujaWorld Cup viewing Centre. The centre will enable the members of the public, to view all the 64 Russian 2018 matches for the next 31 days,on a mega TV screen in the heart of the nations capital. The three principal partners that came []The post Dalung Unveils Abuja World Cup Village, Challenges Eagles to Excel appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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DURO’S RUSSIAN NOTES’FROM ST PETERSBURG TO KALININGRAD
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
To most Nigerian journalists covering the World Cup here in Russia, the trip to Kaliningrad, the venue of Eagles’ opening group match with Croatia was not a tea party. When FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Russia 2018 advised intending journalists and fans to ensure they were fully prepared by ensuring they []The post DURO’S RUSSIAN NOTES’FROM ST PETERSBURG TO KALININGRAD appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Stubborn Swiss Denies Brazil Vital Win
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
Switzerland came back from a goal down to salvage a well-earned point against Brazil in their first match of the World Cup as the five-time champions gave an underwhelming performance at the Rostov Arena. Anticipation was at fever pitch ahead of the second match of Group E, with Brazil earmarked as one of the clear []The post Stubborn Swiss Denies Brazil Vital Win appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Mexico Stuns Cup Holders Germany in Group F Opener
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
Defending champions Germany yesterday crashed to a 1-0 defeat in their first game at the World Cup as an enterprising Mexico refused to be intimidated in a thrill-packed Group F opener. A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, []The post Mexico Stuns Cup Holders Germany in Group F Opener appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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