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2019: PDP, 38 parties form coalition against Buhari

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THIRTY-NINE political parties have formed an alliance to wrest power from President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is acting as the rallying point for the alliance, under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

But the Buhari Campaign Organisation has dismissed the coalition as a “deceit”, which it believes will only feather the PDP’s nest.

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by the parties at the end of an enlarged meeting at the Yar ‘Adua Centre, Abuja yesterday, resolved, among others, to field a joint presidential candidate.

The coalition also resolved to agree on common candidates for governorship, National Assembly and state assembly elections across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The MoU, which was read by Chief Tom Ikimi, also resolved to promote core values for the restructuring of the country and sharing of political offices among persons and groups across the six geopolitical zones.

The coalition also promised a unity government in the event of winning the election with a joint manifesto that will usher in a well structured economic and fiscal federalism.

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Besides the PDP, other parties in the coalition include the Action Alliance (AA); Alliance for Democracy (AD); Africa Democratic Party (ADC); Action Democratic Party (ADP); All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP); Action Peoples Party (APP); Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD); and Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP).

Others are: Democratic Alternative (DA); Democratic Peoples Party (DPC); Grand Democratic Party of Nigeria (GDPN); Green Party of Nigeria (GPN); KOWA Party; Labour Party (LP); Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA); and Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN).

Also in the group are: National Conscience Party (NCP); New Generation Party (NGP); National Unity Party (NUP); Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM); Peoples Alliance for National Development and Liberty (PANDEL); Peoples Progressive Party (PPP); People for Democratic Change (PDC); Providence People’s Congress (PPC); and the Reformed All Progressive Congress (RAPC).

Others are the Restoration Party of Nigeria (RPN); Social Democratic Party (SDP); Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN); All Grassroots Alliance (AGA); National Interest Party (NIP); Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP); Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA); and Young Democratic Party (YDP) among others.

Speaking at the event, PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus said the country has witnessed all forms of intimidation aimed at suffocating democracy in the land.

Secondus also cited what he described as frame-ups, arrest and total breakdown of law and order in some states, such as Zamfara, where the governor relinquished his position as the chief security officer.

The PDP chairman said, “Just last week, the APC conquest regime came up with Executive Order which all political watchers, including civil society groups, likened to Decree 2 of the military era.”

Also speaking at the event, PDP National Chairman Chief Olu Falae said there was need for the coalition to produce overwhelming majority in the federal and state legislatures to form the required majority for the restructuring of the country.

Speaking as national chairman of the R-APC, Alhaji Buba Galadima said his presence at the event alone signified a lot.

Said he: “I am highly delighted and elated by the presence of the creme de la creme of the Nigerian society seated here. What we are about to do will send the shivers not only to those on the other side but to the entire world.

“We are witnessing a significant event, most diplomats and leaders of other countries of the world keep wondering whether there are men and women of courage and integrity in this country.

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“Let me say that since we made a declaration of the formation of the Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, we have received unprecedented messages of support, solidarity from all over the world.

CBN seeks buffers to strengthen banks’ capacity

The finance sector needs regulatory buffers to strengthen banks’ capacity to withstand shocks, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor Edward Lamtek Adamu, has said.

In his personal statement contained in the CBN Communique of the last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting released yesterday, the bank chief said the apex bank also needed to build buffers on both fiscal and monetary sides in preparation for a possible downturn.

He explained that from a financial stability standpoint, inflation threats or risks to the naira exchange rate stability are to be mitigated upfront in order to sustain and deepen the resilience of the industry.

“In my view, the expected surge in liquidity and likely retrenchment in inflows on account of some external developments appear to be the most potent threats to domestic economic and financial stability in the short-to medium-term. In addressing these risks, policy coordination is key. While public spending is needed to re-invigorate economic growth, care must be taken to ensure that its essence is not defeated by unintended consequences. Proper coordination of monetary and fiscal policies reduces uncertainty, thereby allowing for optimal deployment of instruments,” he noted.

He noted that “although current global economic conditions appear to portend a favourable short-term outlook for oil prices, we have learned from experience that upswings in crude prices unwind, most times, sooner than forecasts suggest. There is no doubt, the recent rally in prices has had a positive impact on external reserves accretion and boosted the economy’s resilience and investor confidence,” Adamu said.

He also stated that the nature of portfolio investment means they are susceptible to sudden reversals, hence the reality needs to be factored into policy considerations and actions today.

He said the naira exchange rate continues to be an important influence on consumer prices and output recovery.

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“Stability in the naira exchange rate has been sustained through appropriate policies and reforms of the exchange rate market aimed at improving the supply of foreign exchange and reduction of speculative and frivolous demands. Consequently, Nigeria’s stock of external reserves continues to grow on account of reduced imports, increased petrodollar inflows owing to more favorable oil prices and uninterrupted crude production, and increased autonomous inflows through the Investors’ and Exporters’ foreign exchange (I&E) window,” he said.

Land acquisition: Deaf, dumb protest in Ibadan

Scores of deaf and dumb persons yesterday staged a peaceful protest against what they called “illegal acquisition of 20 acres from 39 acres of their land by the Oyo State government”.

The protest was led by the National Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of Christian Mission for the Deaf, Mr. Silas Ike.

The chairman said the mission bought 39 acres of land on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in 2004 with a plan to build the first special university for the deaf and dumb in the country and Africa on it.

The protesters stormed the Agodi government secretariat carrying placards with various inscriptions, such as: “We need more than 39 acres for the proposed university”; “We want our land for proposed university”; “Please, do not oppress the deaf”; “Do not resettle people on our land” and “We bought our land with donations from people.”

Others read: “The deaf have rights to live better life”; “We need our land for school”; “Oyo State government should not forcefully occupy the deaf’s land”; “We need our land for vocational training and deaf university” and “The deaf are helpless, please.”

But Oyo State Commissioner for Land and Housing, Mr. Isaac Omodewu, who addressed the protesters, assured them that he would meet the governor, who he said was out of the state, on the matter.

He assured the protesters of facilitating a meeting with their representative in the next one week.

Addressing reporters after the protest, Ike described the action of the commissioner as “good enough for us, at least somebody is listening to us”.

Béninoise police detain 50 Nigerian students, parents claim

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Over 50 Nigerian students are being wrongly detained in police stations in Cotonou, the Republic of Benin’s commercial capital, their parents claimed yesterday. They alleged that their children were unlawfully arrested by Béninoise police and kept in inhuman conditions – some since seven days ago – without being told their offences or charged to court. According to them, 50 others were arrested, tried and jailed without their families’ knowledge. In a July 9 petition made available to The Nation, the…

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Labour pickets MTN over anti-workers policies

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Coalition MoU signals end of negative change in Nigeria Atiku
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
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Alleged Corruption: NMA dissolves FCT exco
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
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EKITI 2018: Oshiomole, Kalu, APC Govs woo voters for Fayemi
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
More All Progressives Congress (APC) bigwigs arrived Ekiti State on Monday to woo voters for the candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, ahead of Saturdays governorship poll.The APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole; former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Kalu; Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) were the latest arrivals to give support to Fayemi.National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Interim National Chairman Chief Bisi Akande and former Natio
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Contempt of court: Kano judge orders arrest of state anti-corruption chairman
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
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Dogara: Every day has been a learning curve
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara spoke with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on the achievements of the Lower Chamber in the last three years, the Not Too Young to Run Act and the crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Excerpts:HOW is the House trackling the challenge of lawmaking to deepen democracy’I know that democracy is all about due process and the rule of law. The deeper your laws, the deeper your democracy, but I dont really know
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Akwa Ibom 2019: Emmanuels quest for second term
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
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Why Adegoke should succeed Aregbesola
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
In this piece, Ayobami Akofe, examines the succession batle in Osun State and why an All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant, Kunle Adegoke, should succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola.The number of aspirants for the candidature of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the September 22 governorship election keeps swelling by the day. But what stands Barrister Rasheed Adekunle Adegoke, K-Rad, out among the pack is that from onset, he, like the incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola, had a workin
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Aspiring Representative urges Nigerians to get involved in politics
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
The Director of The Thoughtful House Autism Foundation and the Creative Learning International School, Mr. Omagbitse Barrow, who has declared intention of running for the House of Representatives for the AMAC-Bwari Federal Constituency, urged all Nigerians to become more involved in politics.Mr. Barrow said this during a media parley themed Lets Get Involved in Abuja on Monday, where he announced his affiliation with the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP).He said that Nigerias biggest problem
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Nigeria loses N7bn to tanker accidents in 25 weeks FRSC
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
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NASS faces sanitary challenge over water shortage
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Sanitary challenge engulfed the National Assembly complex on Monday as its conveniences appeared overstretched and filled the air with foul smell owing to water shortage in the premises.The conveniences were messed up by staff members and visitors to the complex, answering the call of nature.The floors of the conveniences were littered with toilet rolls and faeces, and combined with urination on the floor, emitted heavy stench around the premises.Some members of staff expressed frustration over
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Ekiti: Police storm printing press, arrest two
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
The police in Lagos have invaded a printing press, ONaphtali Limited, where alleged fake electoral materials were being printed ahead of the July 14 governorship elections in Ekiti State.Located at 13A and 13B Oguntano Street, Gbagada, the press was alleged to be owned by one Eniola Fayose, a native of Ikere-Ekiti.It was gathered that Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal had led detectives to the place on July 8, following a tipoff that fake electoral materials were being manufactured there.Althoug
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Hakeem Kae-Kazim discusses Nollywood with CNN
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
On this weeks episode of African Voices, CNN meets actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim who has returned to his roots to help teach aspiring thespians. Kae-Kazim discusses the future of Nollywood and why he feels passionate about celebrating African storytelling.Kae-Kazim explains to the programme how his acting career began: My interest [in the theatre] happened from an early age, at 15 or something like that. I trained as an actor, went to the [Bristol Old Vic] Theatre School and then did the Royal Shakespe
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Tony Okoroji releases Oriaku
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Music icon, Tony Okorojis new recording, Oriaku (New School) is finally set for national and international release on radio, TV and across several digital media platforms.TOPS, the 360 Degrees entertainment company run by Chief Tony Okoroji, in a statement signed by Babatunde Odubanwo, announced that all is set for the release of the song and its video. The sweet song Oriaku with the thumping bass guitar line, was a key song in Tony Okorojis iconic album, Juliana, which used to burn up the dance
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Dnew features Mayorkun in Popoju
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Budding musician Daniel Ajilore known as DNew has teamed up with DMW artiste Mayorkun to release his song titled Popoju.The artiste expressed optimism for the success of the love song.I feel happy joining hands together with him to move Hip Hop music forward in the spirit of one love in order to promote, contribute and encourage unity in the genre of music in Nigeria and beyond, said Dnew, whose songs include For You and Kejike.It is a delight to collaborate with him to jointly entertain our fan
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Heineken takes World Parties around Nigeria
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Heineken which recently launched a remarkable 192 countries campaign with limited edition Shazamable bottle labels has now introduced its world party series set to hold across major states in Nigeria.The World Parties series is an offshoot of Heinekens 192 countries campaign, which celebrates the beers unrivalled presence in 192 countries, making it the worlds most international beer brand. The World Parties series is a sequence of countries-themed premium events which will hold across nine Nige
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Nollywood actress arraigned for burglary
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
An up and coming Yoruba actress and film maker, Yetunde Akilapa, was yesterday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate Court for burglary and theft of valuables worth seven million Naira.The actress, 32, who lives at No.7, Oladelola Street, Ketu area of Lagos, is standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on burglary and stealing to which she pleaded not guilty. She came to limelight in 2013 when she starred in a Yoruba movie, Ileri Oluwa.Police Prosecutor Benson Emuerhi told the court
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Nigerian Actress seeks global end to trafficking in persons
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Stephanie Linus, Nigeria award-winning actress, has reiterated the need to address the high rate of trafficking in persons globally.She spoke at the second edition of the Dialoghi a Spoleto and Carla Fendi Foundation event in Italy.Linus said there was the need to also educate and empower people who are at risk of being trafficked, in Abuja.In ending slavery, we must be conscious about empowering and educating people, because otherwise, were going to have to deal with it for years to come, the f
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Labour pickets MTN over anti-workers policies
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
The organised labour yesterday picketed MTN Lagos office and did same simultaneously across the country. It said it is in protest against the telcos alleged anti-workers policies.Nigerias largest carrier was accused of casualising workers, non-unionisation of workers and homophobic behaviour to the Nigerian workers aside other anti-labour practices.The labour group, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), the National Union of Postal and Telec
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Software can displace oil
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Over the years, there have been issues around little or no emphasis on the software industry and preference of offshore software to local ones. Countries, such India and the United States, have taken advantage of the software industry to make huge dollars. The Managing Director of Upperlink Limited, an indigenous software development company licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a Payment Service Solution Provider (PSSP), Mr. Segun Akano, says the software industry has the potential t
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New lease for Maritime Academy, Oron
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Officials of the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMoT) have paid an unscheduled visit to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State, to examine the facility put in place by its management and how it is repositioning the institution for greaterThe Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State, Commodore Duja Emmanuel Effedua (rtd.), was reportedly surprised last week when officials of the Federal Ministry of Transportation paid an unscheduled visit to the
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Dangote Cement leads equities to N8b gain
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Most deals on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday were closed at lower prices but considerable gain recorded by Dangote Cement Plc rallied the overall market to a modest gain of N8 billion. With 20 gainers to 25 losers, Dangote Cement-Nigerias biggest quoted company, overshadowed the underlying downtrend that had seen equities trading mostly at discounts in recent trading sessions.Dangote Cements share price rose by N2 per share to close at N227, representing capital gain of 0.89 per cen
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NAMA deploys equipment in area control centres
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has deployed two Jotron high-powered very high frequency (VHF) long-range communication radios in Lagos West and Lagos East Area Control Centres (ACCs), its Managing Director Captain Fola Akinkuotu has disclosed.According to Akinkuotu, the equipment installation last week culminated into successful Site Acceptance Test (SAT) carried out by NAMA engineers in conjunction with their counterparts from Jotron AS, Norway.The facility, he said, was deployed by
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Science, tech bank coming
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Federal Governments drive to move the economy out of current dependence on mineral resources to a knowledge-based economy, will soon get further push with the proposed establishment of the Science and Technology Bank.When in operation, the bank will develop venture capital system for the purpose of commercialising research and development (R&D) results from research institutes and other higher institutions in the country.Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who spoke at a w
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NNPC eyes 3.4bscfd domestic gas supply
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) plans to deliver about 3.4 billion standard cubic feet per day (bscfd) of domestic gas supply to bridge existing and anticipated supply gap by 2020.Its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated this yesterday in Lagos while delivering his keynote address at the 7 Critical Gas Development Projects Technical/Framing Workshop organised by the Corporation in collaboration with the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to find ways to boost gas
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CBN underwrites World Banks $300m mortgage loan
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is underwriting a $300 million World Bank loan for the Nigerian Housing Finance Programme (NHFP).Addressing reporters on the sideline of a conference designed to find solutions to mortgage financing in Nigeria, Director, Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department of the CBN, Mrs Tokunbo Martins, said the CBN is underwriting part of the $300 million risk of the NHFP.The programme benefited from a loan of $300 million for 40 years from the global lender a
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How to beat cyber criminals
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
With so many cyber threats out there, todays organisations need a consolidated view to detect, report on and prevent attacks on their networks.This is because businesses are investing heavily in gathering threat intelligence in an effort to stay ahead of cyber criminals.A cyber security expert and Manager at Infoblox Africa, Rene Bosman said upfront knowledge about current and potential threats can help people identify security risks to your business so you can make informed decisions and defend
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Sterling Bank announces work-free day for staff
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Sterling Bank Plc, is cementing its reputation as a Great Place To Work with its recent work-free day announcement for all employees across the country. This is in line with the banks Active Citizens Programme (ACP) encouraging employees to register and collect their Permanent Voters Cards.Beyond promoting voting rights, the banks Active Citizens Programme also motivates employees to be productive, responsible, caring and be contributing members of their communities in alignment with its purpose
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