NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 JULY, 2018].

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Ekiti: Fayose, PDP spit fire
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have vowed that the declaration of Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor-elect of Ekiti State would not stand.

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They claimed Fayemi is parading a stolen mandate of Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, having allegedly committed what they termed ‘poll fraud.”

Fayose also slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for applauding and approving what he described as “a charade.”

Reacting to a statement by a media aide of Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, entitled: “Fayose: In the end, a high-powered nothing,” issued by the Presidency Fayose said if Buhari was a democrat, he would not have supported a situation whereby the will of the people was subverted through the use of brutal force.

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“President Muhammadu Buhari should not be happy and applaud this situation whereby the police, army, civil defence and INEC were used to snatch the collective mandate freely given to the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola and delivering it to the All Progressives Congress candidate which Ekiti people rejected.

“Can you call that election? Of course not. It was a contest between Olusola and the INEC and security agencies.

“There was indiscriminate arrest of our party leaders, harassment and brutalisation of voters in a massive scale, especially in Ado Ekiti, Ikere and other areas. The thugs imported by the APC operated freely under the cover of security agencies to snatch ballot boxes, create confusion, cause mayhem and drive away voters in PDP strongholds. Our party agents were driven away with gun.

“Buhari has demonstrated truly that he is not a democrat, but a dictator who is yet to get over military mentality. Muscling of democracy in Nigeria today by the Buhari administration is not about Ekiti alone. Presidential aspirants and PDP states should prepare to have taste of brutality of this administration. This is why we all need to stand up to rescue Nigeria from Buhari.

“I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. I will laugh last. Those waiting for me, will wait in vain. They should remember what the prophet said to that heady king in the Bible, which applies to them. ‘He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.’

“It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes.

“What Buhari has won as referendum from Ekiti people, Nigerians, and international community is shame. If APC has truly won, why is it that there is no jubilation in Ekiti?.

“The victory of Kayode Fayemi is pyrrhic. We will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God,” he said through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti yesterday.

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Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti, on the outcome of the election, the party’s chairman, Gboyega Oguntuase, also accused INEC and security of conspiring to subvert the will of the electorate.

Oguntuase accused the two Federal Government’s agencies of allocating votes to Fayemi, just
to disgrace Governor Fayose, who he said has been consistent as the major opposition to the president.

Oguntuase claimed over 20 members of the party, including the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Dipo Anisulowo and four of his aides among others were arrested by combined forces of military and paramilitary security outfits and clamped in detention on the day of election.

He described the governorship poll as an embarrassment to democrats across the globe, claiming APC governors spent humongous amount that could have been used to develop their states to buy votes.

“What did they need 30,000 police officers for in Ekiti when criminals were killing Nigerians in other states? Ekiti people knew they were in our state for a task and not to protect their votes and that was why there was no jubilation or ceremony anywhere in the state after the election.

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Clark, Nwodo, Adebanjo, others stopped from flying to Makurdi summit
Tue, 17 Jul 2018

The Southern and Middle Belt Forum (southern flank) led by Chief Edwin Clark, said they were stopped from traveling to Makurdi yesterday, to attend the Middle Belt summit on restructuring.

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They alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was gradually descending into military dictatorship.

Speaking for the group, the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, at a press conference in Abuja, after they were stopped from flying, said even though they had secured a chapter aircraft, which was ready to fly to Makurdi, they were told that for security reasons, they needed clearance to land at the airport.

Nwodo said the elders spent about five hours at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, trying to obtain clearance to make the journey, but were refused by the Commandant of the Makurdi Airport, whose name was given as Lt. Commander A. Audu.

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“We arrived in time for our flight today (yesterday) at 12:00 noon, but the airport commandant disallowed us from flying and said we needed to get permission to land in Makurdi.

“We consider this fundamental infringement on our democratic right of freedom of movement and freedom of association. There is nothing in our law precluding us from moving to wherever we like, and holding an opinion, insofar as we do not breach any law in Nigeria.

“What has happened to us today expresses a lot of doom for fundamental human rights in our country, for the free exchange of ideas as unavoidable instruments of achieving growth and development of our polity.

“We deprecate the treatment that we were given today, which treatment prevented us from physically joining our brethren in the Middle Belt, in a common view which we all hold, a very patriotic view, which we think will be the only way to guarantee the future of our country.”

Nwodo, who joined other southern leaders to watch the live transmission of the conference in Chief Clark’s residence, said they wanted to show solidarity with the Middle Belt people, who, he said, had supported the forum.

He urged the media: “Please publicise this for many reasons. One, the teeming crowd that you saw on television in the Middle Belt are our brethren, who showed us solidarity in other zonal summits. The fact that we were barred from showing them solidarity is bound to hurt them. Through this press conference, we want to express our solidarity with them. We want them to know we are one and the same in our views of the restructuring of the federation

“Secondly, to deprecate this new tendency. Not too long ago, the president signed into law an Executive order, which gives him the right to seize people’s assets. This is almost like a military government. And, we think this is an intrusion into the principles of separation of powers in our country.

“It is the responsibility of the legislature to make law, of the executive to implement the law and the judiciary to interpret the law. I do not think Section 5 of the Constitution gives the President such Executive authority to make laws.

“The right to property is a fundamental right in a democracy. It cannot be expropriated here without decision of the court. What has happened to us today shows a continuing tendency to slide into a dictatorship in a democratic government. That is condemnable.”

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Benue gov, Ortom, dumps APC
Tue, 17 Jul 2018

In a dramatic twist, Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom has announced his exit from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2019 general polls.

He made the revelation at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, yesterday, when he swore in his newly-appointed Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.

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The governor was more dramatic when he announced that the APC had given him the red card.

“As for party, I’ve been given the red card and I’m now outside the pitch. So, if I have been given the red card and I’m standing outside, that means I’m a free man.”

This confirmed weeks of insinuations that he is moving to another party following speculations that the party had shopped for another candidate to replace him in 2019, amid recent rift with the APC leader in the state, Senator George Akume.

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The governor did not disclose the party he is heading to. “I don’t know what will happen next, but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then, I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club.”

But in a swift response, the Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, has offered Ortom a place under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking on a television programme, yesterday, Ishaku said: “If he says he doesn’t have a party, he can come to us (PDP). We would give him one.”

Although it is not certain if Ortom would take the bait, he, however, urged the people to remain united.

Let party or ethnicity not divide us. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be. These challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more. All that we are required to do is not to begin to be wayward in our conduct but to move to the righteous side of God. Once we do that, things will work out for our good.”

However, National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, dismissed his reported from as mere rumour. According to him, the party has not shut its doors to any governor elected on it platform.

Responding to a question, after a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC), Oshiomhole said Ortom had assured him on several occasions that he would not leave the party, pointing out that if he had actually left, the party would need to study the situation before formally reacting to it.

He said: “I know that governor Ortom is a very senior member of the party and he has said so repeatedly in print and has said to me one on one basis that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out.

“I have since assumed chairmanship of this party along with my colleagues in the NWC and I know of a fact that we have not shut out any governor and certainly not governor Ortom.

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Osun guber: APC suspends chairman over direct system primary election
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Clement Adeyi, Osogbo Ahead of the July 19 primary election by the All Progressives Congress (APC) toThe post Osun guber: APC suspends chairman over direct system primary election appeared first on – The Sun News.
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2019: why we appoint Senator Sheriff’ Buhari Group
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Presidential Support Committee of Buhari 2019 has explained that appointment ofThe post 2019: why we appoint Senator Sheriff Buhari Group appeared first on – The Sun News.
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2019: Atiku begins nationwide tour, set mega declaration for July 21st
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Former vice-president and leading presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will be commencing aThe post 2019: Atiku begins nationwide tour, set mega declaration for July 21st appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Ortom dumps APC
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Rose Ejembi, Makurdi In a dramatic twist, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State at the banquet hall ofThe post Ortom dumps APC appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Team Nigeria departs for Youth Games in Algiers
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Fifty three athletes and officials in 5 sports left the country Monday night aboard Turkish and EmiratesThe post Team Nigeria departs for Youth Games in Algiers appeared first on – The Sun News.
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GOtv Boxing Night 15: I’ll destroy Iberu, Fijaborn boasts
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion, Olaide ‘Fijaborn’ Fijabi, has vowed toThe post GOtv Boxing Night 15: I’ll destroy Iberu, Fijaborn boasts appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Loic Remy seals Lille dea
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Loic Remy has joined French club Lille after spending last season in Spain with Las Palmas and Getafe,The post Loic Remy seals Lille dea appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Serena returns to world’s top 30
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Serena returns to worlds top 30 Serena Williams has returned to the worlds top 30 afterThe post Serena returns to worlds top 30 appeared first on – The Sun News.
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LMC postpones NPFL resumption indefinitely
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
The League Management Company (LMC) Monday announced an indefinite suspension of the Nigeria ProfessionalThe post LMC postpones NPFL resumption indefinitely appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Joshua, Povetkin to fightSept. 22
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Anthony Joshua will fight Alexander Povetkin at Wembley onSeptember 22ndwith his fourth stadium fightThe post Joshua, Povetkin to fightSept. 22 appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Heavy rain damages Russian World Cup stadium
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Heavy rain damaged one of Russia’s newly-built World Cup stadiumson Sundaywhen the tournament endedThe post Heavy rain damages Russian World Cup stadium appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Djokovic returns to world’s top 10
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Novak Djokovic has moved into 10th place in the ATP Rankings after winning Wimbledon for a fourth time.The post Djokovic returns to worlds top 10 appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Manchester City reaps $80,000 from Iheanacho
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Manchester City are set to earn US$80,087.23 from Kelechi Iheanachos involvement with the SuperThe post Manchester City reaps $80,000 from Iheanacho appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Iwobi joins Arsenal preseason tour
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Nigerian international Alex Iwobi will travel with Arsenal for their pre-season tour of Singapore, newThe post Iwobi joins Arsenal preseason tour appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Anambra: Obiano amplifies youth entrepreneurship, skill acquisition
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has described youths as the backbone ofThe post Anambra: Obiano amplifies youth entrepreneurship, skill acquisition appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Ugwuanyi has exceeded UN tax revenue, says JTB
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Chairman of the Joint Tax Board (JTB), Mr. Tunde Fowler, has commended Enugu State Governor, IfeanyiThe post Ugwuanyi has exceeded UN tax revenue, says JTB appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Tongues wag over FG’s plan to share $322m Abacha loot to 300,000 households
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Bimbola Oyesola Barely two weeks after Brookings Institution reportedly rated Nigeria as the povertyThe post Tongues wag over FG’s plan to share $322m Abacha loot to 300,000 households appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Ondo: 200 displaced as water submerges community
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure About 200 residents of Ayetoro, a riverine community in Ilaje Local GovernmentThe post Ondo: 200 displaced as water submerges community appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Buhari welcomes Netherlands support on Lake Chad
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has welcome the support of Dutch PrimeThe post Buhari welcomes Netherlands support on Lake Chad appeared first on – The Sun News.
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22 killed in ambush ‘ Army
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Dismisses reports on missing soldiers, flag hoisting Molly Kilete, Abuja The Nigerian Army hasThe post 22 killed in ambush ‘ Army appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Buhari has power to issue Executive Order 6 ‘ FG
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Chukwudi Nweje Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that President MuhammaduThe post Buhari has power to issue Executive Order 6 ‘ FG appeared first on – The Sun News.
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We’ll miss Fayose ‘ Governors
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja TheNigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has congratulated Dr. Kayode FayemiThe post We’ll miss Fayose ‘ Governors appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Suspected killer of ex-Ondo deputy gov’s daughter remanded
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure An Ondo State Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the state capital, yesterday,The post Suspected killer of ex-Ondo deputy gov’s daughter remanded appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Buhari directs airlifting of stranded Nigerians in Russia
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja PresidentMuhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs,The post Buhari directs airlifting of stranded Nigerians in Russia appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Masari weeps as 40 perish in Katsina flood
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Agaju Madugba, Katsina The Katsina State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has confirmed 40 personsThe post Masari weeps as 40 perish in Katsina flood appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Paradises lost
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Until we ask questions of men and women who live above their means, in and out of office, theThe post Paradises lost appeared first on – The Sun News.
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The human trafficking challenge
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
In its 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, the United States (US) government placed Nigeria on Tier-2The post The human trafficking challenge appeared first on – The Sun News.
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