NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THISDAY NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD SEPTEMBER, 2018].

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Backed by Governors, APC State Chairmen Move against Direct Primary
Sun, 02 Sep 2018

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The looming crisis of confidence within the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the mode of election primaries to be adopted in electing its candidates for the 2019 general election, has taken a new dimension, as some aggrieved state chairmen yesterday ignored threat of sanction by the Mr. Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, and met on the way forward.

Said to be acting on the directives of their state governors, the state chairmen met in Abuja yesterday and took far-reaching decisions on the vexed issues.

However, THISDAY gathered last night that in a swift move to appease the APC governors and the state chairmen, Oshiomhole-led NWC of the party, had been forced to revert to the earlier party’s position, that only the presidential candidate of the party would be elected through a direct primary, while other states could use either direct or indirect primaries in electing candidates for various elective positions.

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The latest position of the party was contained in a letter said to have been written to the Forum of APC State Chairmen of the party, yesterday by the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Mala Buni.

In the letter, APC appealed to the chairmen and other aggrieved stakeholders to sheathe their sword as the matter would be resolved amicably.

A party said Oshiomhole had also fixed a meeting with the state chairmen in order to sort out issues.

The party’s national secretariat had earlier yesterday raised the alarm over the meeting, which it said was an attempt to alter the party’s decision on mode of election primaries.

In a statement issued early yesterday, by the party’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabene, APC cautioned the members against going ahead with what it described as ‘’illegal meeting’’ or be ready to face sanction.

However, sensing that the leadership of the party has noticed their plan, the aggrieved party men, made up of state chairmen across the country, quickly moved their meeting to another venue, at Barcelona Hotel, Wuse II in Abuja.

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AfDB President Leads Delegation to China-Africa Cooperation Summit
Sun, 02 Sep 2018

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, will lead a delegation to the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC 2018), taking place in the Chinese capital, Beijing, September 3 – 4.

The theme of this year’s summit, which will be chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, is, “China and Africa: toward an even stronger community with a shared future through win-win cooperation.”

Meanwhile, Adesina has taken the case for expanded partnerships and investments in Africa to the Netherlands. During a three-day visit last week, he met with government officials and private and public sector business leaders and affirmed the accord between AfDB and the Dutch government’s development agendas and foreign policy.

A release from the AfDB said the bank’s president will be actively involved in the plenary sessions, and other private sector and media engagements on the side-lines of the summit. The sessions include the welcome reception, the opening ceremony of the high-level dialogue between Chinese-African leaders and business communities, and the sixth Conference of Chinese and African Entrepreneurs.

FOCAC leaders, members and representatives of related regional and international organisations in Africa and beyond will attend the forum.

The statement said on Tuesday, September 4, Adesina will participate in the high-level dialogue between Chinese-African leaders and business communities and the sixth Conference of Chinese and African Entrepreneurs. He will also join a panel session of public and private sector leaders discussing the topic, “Advancing Industrial Cooperation for Win-Win Development”.

The AfDB president will use the opportunity of the summit to engage with key international partners of the bank – senior officials of the Chinese government and Chinese-African business and commercial leaders. He will also meet senior Chinese banking sector officials. The engagements will be an opportunity to promote AfDB’s High 5 priorities for Africa and to pitch the investment case for Africa.

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Trump’s Diplomatic Recklessness
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
A recent Financial Times report, which alleged that the United States President, Donald Trump, had told his aides he never wanted to have anything to do with someone as ‘lifeless’ as Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, was as reckless as it was a terrifying low in diplomatic relations. Although the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, who []
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APC Favours Oni, Opeyemi, Adeyeye for Ekiti Senatorial Contests
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Raji-Rasaki to lose out despite defection to APC Osinkolu insists on seeking senatorial aspiration Gboyega Akinsanmi in Lagos and Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti Ahead of its primaries scheduled to hold this month, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has conceded senatorial tickets in Ekiti State to its former National Deputy Chairman, Chief Segun Oni, ex- []
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Obaseki Charges ‘Not-too-Young-to-Lead’ Campaigners on Entrepreneurship
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged youth to remain committed in their quest to add value to the society, noting that the ‘Not too Young to Lead’ campaign should motivate more youth to become entrepreneurs. Obaseki who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Special Duties, Hon. Mika Amanokha, made the []
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In Whose Interest is the PIGB Veto
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent vetoing of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, two weeks after vetoing the Electoral Act amendment bill, is yet another negative presidential action that would weigh heavily against his government, writes Olaseni Durojaiye No power of clairvoyance is required to foretell that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the []
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EFCC Probe Never Influenced My Defection, Says Uduaghan
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Sylvester Idowu in Warri Former Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has dismissed insinuation that he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of fear of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Uduaghan, a two-term governor on the PDP platform, has disclosed that everything concerning his administration state had been investigated over and []
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MTN Faces More Questions over $8.134 Billion Remittances
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Obinna Chima As the fines imposed on four banks by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and its directive to MTN Nigeria to refund a total of $8.134 billion ovMTNer illegal capital repatriation continue to generate concerns, the Central Bank is being advised to properly investigate MTN payments and to look deeper into the telecoms []
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We’ll Reclaim Kwara from Saraki, Vows Oshiomhole
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Saraki: youre day-dreaming, you will struggle to keep Edo APC aspirants protest high cost of nomination forms, threaten defection Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has vowed that the party will reclaim Kwara State from the grip of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the forthcoming general []
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After May, Merkel, Presidency Claims Leaders Queuing to Meet Buhari
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Nigeria, China to sign $328m ICT agreement Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The Presidency saturday in Beijing, China, boasted that world leaders were now queuing to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, an experience, it said, showed there was something unusual about him. This is coming on the heels of visits to Abuja by British Prime Minister, Theresa []
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Boko Haram Kills 40 Soldiers in Two Weeks, 10 Others Still Missing
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri Over 40 soldiers have been lost to rampaging Boko Haram terrorists in the last two weeks, despite claims by the military that the Islamic terror sect had been ‘technically defeated’. This is in addition to the military’s loss of some of their prized weapons, including five gun trucks, to the insurgents. []
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Aso Rock Orders Reversal of New Postings in SSS
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Tobi Soniyi The Presidency has ordered the Acting Director General of the Department of State Security Services, Mr Mathew Seiyefa to reverse recent redeployment of top officials of the spy agency. A source who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity s said that Aso Rock was not impressed with the new postings []
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APC, INEC in Alliance to Rig 2019 Elections, PDP Alleges
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
INEC denies claim, challenges PDP to produce evidence Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saturday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of being in an unholy alliance with the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to rig the 2019 elections. In a swift reaction, however, the INEC faulted the PDP’s claim, noting []
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Tonye Cole Resigns from Sahara Group, Goes into Active Politics
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Olaseni Durojaiye The Chief Executive Officer of Sahara Group has stepped down from the management of the indigenous oil firm, planning to contest the Rivers State governorship election in 2019. Cole’s resignation was announced by the board and management of the oil firm in a statement THISDAY obtained last night. In a two-page statement, the []
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Tambuwal: APC Can’t Return to Aso Rock in 2019
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Confident of clinching presidential ticket Aspirant seeks donation to purchase form Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto and Wole Ayodele in Jalingo Sokoto State Governor and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal saturday noted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would be defeated in the 2019 presidential election. Tambuwal, one of the actors []
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Aggrieved Unionists Plot Dismissal of NLC Chairman
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ekiti State, Mr. Ade Adesanmi may be removed by some aggrieved members over undue loyalty to the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and apathetic posture to the protest declared to ensure payment of salaries and pensions. Adesanmi’s predecessor in office, Mr. Ayodeji []
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Buhari Appoints New MD, Directors for Security Printing Company
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari saturday appointed a new Managing Director and four executive directors for the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC). The president appointed Mr. Abbas Masanawa as the managing director and Mr. Abubakar Minjibir, Mr. Chris Orewa and Mr. Tunji Kazeem as executive directors. The appointment followed a memo sent to the president []
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Buhari Appoints New MD, Directors for Security Printing Company
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari saturday appointed a new Managing Director and four executive directors for the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC). The president appointed Mr. Abbas Masanawa as the managing director and Mr. Abubakar Minjibir, Mr. Chris Orewa and Mr. Tunji Kazeem as executive directors. The appointment followed a memo sent to the president []
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Ajulo to Chair AICCON Electoral Committee
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
The Association of Indigenous Construction Contractor of Nigeria, AICCON has appointed renowned legal practitioner, Dr. Kayode Ajulo as the chairman of the association’s electoral committee. The appointment which was made in preparation towards election that will usher in new national executives of the association was made after due consultations among members of the board of []
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Port-Harcourt Now Nigeria’s Culture Capital, Says NCAC
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt As Nigerians await the biggest arts and culture fiesta, National Festival of Arts and Culture, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has applauded Governor Nyesom Wike for great preparations and described Port Harcourt as the Nigeria’s ‘Culture Capital’. Addressing journalists after inspecting facilities put in place by the []
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Boko Haram, Buhari, Leah and the Leap of Faith
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
The failure to rescue the last girl standing, Leah Sharibu, the only Christian victim in the February schoolgirls’ abduction by Boko Haram in Dapchi, Yobe State is a minus to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, writes Olawale Olaleye From the subconscious, where it’s been long suspended, Leah Sharibu’s matter, again, crept into national consciousness, when []
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Buhari, Please, Take the Challenge!
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari to a public debate on good governance ahead of the 2019 elections. In its response, the APC described the challenge as incredible and laughable. And that was it. Really’ In the lead up to the 2015 []
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Clarence Olafemi: Atiku Has All It Takes to Defeat Buhari in 2019 Presidential Election
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Chief Clarence Olafemi, a former Acting Governor and one-time Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, in this interview with some Journalists, spoke about the APC crisis, PDP’s resurgence and the candidate that can defeat incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential poll. Yekini Jimoh presents the excerpts: Recently, some aggrieved members of the APC []
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The Man Striving to Revive the Soul of Cross River
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Methodical and selfless, Edem Duke, a former Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation between 2011 and 2015, is a man of the people. Devoted and dependable, he sees himself as the one that can turn the fortune of Cross River State around. Demola Ojo writes, following an interview with Duke, that it is for []
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BISHOP MIKE OKONKWO: Restructuring Nigeria More Important than 2023 Igbo Presidency
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Bishop Mike Okonkwo, the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), in an interview with select journalists in Abuja bares his mind on the state of the nation and the potential 2023 Igbo presidency. Adedayo Akinwale was there. Excerpts: Some people in the country have been talking about the role of the church in []
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2019 Polls: Marking the Flashpoints
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Evidence of a possible breakdown of law and order in some parts of the country is mounting ahead of the 2019 elections and the concerned authorities must buckle down, writes Shola Oyeyipo The 2019 general election is just around the corner. As the electoral processes draw closer, the fear remains that many of the factors []
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Abba’s Rising from the Abyss
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
Over three years after he was booted out by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, a former Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba’s revelation that he was sacked because he refused play ball and do the Jonathan administration’s bidding has raised issues that question his motives, writes Olaseni Durojaiye A former Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, last []
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