NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [5TH AUGUST, 2018].

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Obasanjo: My Decision Not to Back Atiku in National Interest
Sun, 05 Aug 2018

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo poured cold water on the presidential ambition of former deputy, ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, saturday, refusing to back him in his quest to become president in 2019. Obasanjo stated that his refusal to support Atiku was in the national interest and was not personal.

The former president restated his opposition to Atiku to THISDAY through his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi. It followed an inquiry about Obasanjo’s earlier remarks in an interview with Premium Times, an online publication, where he was quoted as saying that Atiku “can never enjoy” his support for any political office.

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The former president’s spokesman said if his boss had taken such a position on his ex-deputy, then there must be something “fundamentally wrong somewhere.”

Obasanjo had said in his comments published saturday that God will not forgive him if he supported Atiku’s presidential ambition, stressing that he had unknowingly backed the former vice president in the past.

Akinyemi said, “The differences between Atiku and Baba is not and cannot be personal. It is only based on national interest.”

He said Atiku, having served as vice president to Obasanjo for eight years, the former president “should be able to recommend him to Nigerians for his 2019 presidential ambition.

“But if Baba fails to do that, then something fundamentally must be wrong somewhere. And that is just it.”
Asked if Obasanjo will forgive Atiku if apologised for whatever wrong he might have done to him, Akinyemi told THISDAY, “Coming to beg Baba is far from it. To beg him for what? It is like saying, when you write stories badly and you say you want to come and beg me, as an editor, to recommend you for a higher and sensitive post, how is that possible?”

“It does not mean, when he wants personal assistance, and it is in Baba’s power to do it, he will surely do it.
“God will not forgive Baba if he fails to render such assistance. So, it is purely two different things; national interest and personal interest.”

Akinyemi said Obasanjo might never change his position on his former deputy, underscoring suggestions that the ex-president could shift his ground to a consideration of certain circumstances, like Atiku entreating him to support his ambition.

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Troops Kill Several Armed Bandits in Zamfara
Sun, 05 Aug 2018

The military said it had killed several armed bandits in Zamfara State, destroyed their camps, and set free many of their captives in its on-going Operation Sharan Daji. The Force Information Officer, Operation Sharam Daji, Col. Muhammad Dole, said in a statement yesterday that troops conducted several raids and ambush operations in major identified camps and routes in Maradun, Tsafe and Zurmi local government areas of the state.

In a related development, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military operation against Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east, said they conducted a successful attack on a Boko Haram hideout in Daban Masara, Borno State. Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement yesterday. Daramola said the surgical air strikes on August 3 were conducted on the strength of credible intelligence, which indicated that remnants of Boko Hatam on the Lake Chad Islands were hiding in settlements at the southern part of the lake.

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Dole said during a recent clearance operation along Mashema, Kwadi, kalage, Gambiru and Kagara axis, heavy fight ensued between troops and bandits. He noted that due to overwhelming military fire power, a reasonable number of bandits were neutralised and their camps were set ablaze. He said the successful feat had brought about relative peace and spurred massive returns of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their villages in Zurmi local government.

According to Dole, “Likewise, during another encounter at Daban-Doka village near Dansadau, Zamfara State, troops laid ambush along bandits’ identified routes where 20 bandits were neutralised.

“Some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds and several motorcycles were burnt. In one of the troops’ encounter with the bandits, two notorious bandits, Bello Danboko and Sani Maza, were eliminated in Yanwari ward near Yankuzo and Mai Tukunya village near Dansadau all in Zamfara State.

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Akpabio Visits Buhari in London, Set to Quit PDP for APC
Sun, 05 Aug 2018

All things being equal, former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, may leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) this week and join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a presidential aide has disclosed.

Special Assistant on Prosecution to President Muhammadu Buhari, Okoi Obono-Obla, posted on Facebook, Saturday night, a message saying Akpabio will be received into APC on Thursday by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and other top leaders of the party at a rally in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State. Obono-Obla also posted a photo of Akpabio with APC national leader, Bola Tinubu.

Akpabio, who has already taken some conscious steps as regards his anticipated defection, was said to have met with Buhari in London, where the president is currently spending a 10-day vacation. The former Akwa IIbom State governor had earlier met with Osinbajo in Abuja last week, in what is believed to be to a move to properly situate his defection plan.

But sources within the PDP, which appeared not to be disturbed by the development, dismissed Akpabio as one big mole it had to deal with over time, noting that he has divulged virtually all the party’s plans and strategies to the opposition in an alleged attempt to secure protection from prosecution.

THISDAY gathered last night that the speculation about Akpabio’s imminent exit from the PDP was beyond rumour, as he was said to have met with practically everyone that matters in the party.

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Sources hinted that baring any last minute change, the defection ceremony had already been slated to hold this week, not later than mid-week at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, the state capital.

Although sources hinted that the former governor of Akwa Ibom State had tried to leave the PDP with some senators from the state, everyone he approached was said to have rebuffed his advice, because according to them, the APC stood no chance in the state, let alone the region.

THISDAY gathered that the APC government had shown Akpabio a dossier on some of his alleged atrocities as governor, including monies said to have been stashed in different places, through the EFCC. Joining the ruling party was alleged to be a condition given to him to avoid prosecution for corruption. The former governor was said to have reluctantly accepted the condition.

However, disappointed PDP leaders, who spoke to THISDAY on condition of anonymity, said they had since known about Akpabio’s predicament and encouraged him to fight on and not give in to the APC threat.

“But because his hands, too, are not clean, they were able to box him to a very bad corner,” the source said, adding, “His options, we believe, were limited. But he had done so much damage to us. He was our biggest mole. He held strategy meetings with us and went back to divulge all to the APC just to save face. We won’t miss him; he can go.

“However, the one thing that his defection will prove to Nigeria is the hypocrisy of the ruling party. We will see their reaction and that of their supporters, who almost killed those who left the APC to join the PDP recently. We are waiting to see the fallout and this is, indeed, interesting.”

One of PDP sources said they started noticing Akpabio’s double agent moves, when he started making a case for the reconvening of the National Assembly, as being pushed by the APC.

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2019: Dankwambo Formally Joins PDP Presidential Race
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
Says time is ripe for N’East to produce president Gboyega Akinsanmi Gombe State Governor, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo saturday declared intention to contest presidential race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), making him the fifth aspirants the indicated interest in the party nomination. Dankwambo, a former Accountant-General of the Federation, noted that the []The post 2019: Dankwambo Formally Joins PDP Presidential Race appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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What Nigeria Can Learn From Apple’s Trillion-Dollar Status
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
Today, Apple Inc became the first private company in the world to be worth in excess of $1 trillion. To put things in perspective, let us note that this amount is more than the combined Gross Domestic Products of Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. Becoming a trillion-dollar company is a landmark achievement because, by this []The post What Nigeria Can Learn From Apple’s Trillion-Dollar Status appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Darcy Zotter:Nigerian Women Are Dynamic and Traditional
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
Darcy Zotter, a foreign service officer and the outgoing Public Affairs Officer at the United States consulate in Lagos, in this interview with Bayo Akinloye, talks about her fascination with Nigerians and frustration about Nigeria Time seems to fly. It certainly does. My two years (in Nigeria) here have gone really quickly. What memories will []The post Darcy Zotter:Nigerian Women Are Dynamic and Traditional appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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PDP Can’t Secure Victory through Back Door, Says Fayemi
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Council saturday described an election petition filled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola in the just concluded governorship contest as an exercise in futility. The Deputy Director General of the council, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi said this in a statement Saturday, appealing to []The post PDP Can’t Secure Victory through Back Door, Says Fayemi appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Dockworkers to Shut Ports over Disagreement with IOCs, NNPC
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
Say oil firms misleading presidency Eromosele Abiodun The atmosphere of peace that currently pervades the country’s ports may not last, if a threat by dockworkers is anything to go by. The dockworkers have threatened to embark on a strike to press home their disagreement with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and International Oil Companies []The post Dockworkers to Shut Ports over Disagreement with IOCs, NNPC appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Oshiomhole: Herdsmen Not Responsible for Killings in Nigeria
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole saturday exonerated the marauding herdsmen from the killings in some parts of the country. Oshiomhole, former governor of Edo State, also said some people were turning the truth upside down to portray the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in []The post Oshiomhole: Herdsmen Not Responsible for Killings in Nigeria appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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What Difference Will ‘Not Too Young to Run Act’ Make
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
Tunji Olaopa An aspect of Nigeria’s democracy that speaks to the youth population in the country and their involvements in political processes was in focus at the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP)’s August Seminar on Progress, Setbacks and Opportunities for Youth Political Inclusion: A scrutiny of the Not Too Young to Run []The post What Difference Will ‘Not Too Young to Run Act’ Make’ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Wamakko: PDP No Longer Alive in Sokoto
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto Former Sokoto State Governor, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko saturday said the Peoples Democratic (PDP) was already dead in the state, noting that those who joined the opposition party would soon regret their action. Wamakko, also the Chairman of Northern Senators Forum, stated that he had no reason to fight Governor Aminu Tambuwal, []The post Wamakko: PDP No Longer Alive in Sokoto appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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