NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH SEPTEMBER, 2018].

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Why APC opted for direct primary, by Oshiomhole
Tue, 04 Sep 2018

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) adopted the direct primary for the selection of its candidates for next year’ elections to boost internal democracy, National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole said yesterday.

He told The Nation that the party decided to “liberalise” its shadow polls by making all registered members automatic delegates.

He said the option will reduce the corruption and manipulation associated with the delegates system, which always generates huge post-primary crises.

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Oshiomhole, however, acknowledged the challenges associated with the direct system, including logistic and security problems, saying they are surmountable.

Defending the direct system, he said: “Party members are complaining that they have no role to play in the party, except voting during the general elections, like other members of the public.

“We also note that direct primary is free from the vices associated with the indirect primary. Direct primary cannot be manipulated. It is not prone to corruption.

“We want to grow democracy. We want the party members to have ownership of the party. We want to give our members a sense of belonging.”

According to the chieftain, those opposing the direct primary are mainly governors who were the major beneficiaries of the delegates system, which they maximally exploited to personal advantage.

He noted that while governors are against the system, federal lawmakers are rooting for it.

He said: “The governors who have commissioners, special advisers, SSAs, and local government chairmen are still afraid of direct primary. But, senators are rooting for it. Some senators are not in the good book of their governors. But, they can win at the direct primary if they are in the good book of their people in the party.”

However, the chairman said while direct primary will be used for the presidential nomination, it can still be reviewed for other layers of shadow elections at the state and federal levels, in consideration of the peculiarities of the state chapters.

Also yesterday, a group claiming to be supporters of President Muhammmadu Buhari staged a rally at the APC National Secretariat in support of direct primary.

The group, which got to the party secretariat at about 1pm, demanded to meet with National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole to submit a petition to him.

They displayed placards with inscriptions, such as: “We support direct primary” and “Power must go back to the people “.

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China offers Nigeria, others $60b for projects
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
China will spend $60 billion to finance projects in Africa, President Xi Jinping announced yesterday.The funding will be provided as government assistance and as investment and financing by financial institutions and companies, Xi said in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.He also saidChina would exempt certain African countries from outstanding debts incurred in the form of interest-free Chinese government loans due by th
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Buhari again declines assent to Electoral Act (amendment) Bill
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has again declined assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018.The President had earlier declined assent to the bill twice because of the order of elections and a drafting error.Speaking with State House correspondents yesterday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate) Ita Enang, said the President, in a communication to the Senate and the House of Representatives dated 30th August, 2018, stated the reasons for his decision
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CBN probed MTN, banks for 30 months
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) decided to punish MTN Nigeria and four banks for forex infractions after a painstaking investigation spanning 30 months, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele has said.Emefiele, who spoke in China, said he wanted to clear the air because the matter and the offences committed by the entities concerned were very weighty and had attracted global attention.He said the total amount to be repatriated by the banks and MTN stands at $8.14billion, adding that when the payment is
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Five governors in plot to upturn Buharis advice
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Five governors have been fingered in aplot to upturn President Muhammadu Buharis advice to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt direct primary in picking candidates for the 2019 elections.The President is said to be strongly in support of direct primary at last weeks National Executive Committee (NEC) meetingbased on field reports from Osun and Bauchi states.The five governors, it was learnt, took advantage of the Presidents trip to China the day after the meeting, to reject his advice.B
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13 suspected Badoo members arrested in Kwara
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The Kwara State Police Command has arrested 13 suspected Badoo members in Ilorin, the state capital. The suspects include two ladies.Some members of the cult group had allegedly clashed with vigilantes in the state capital. The police said the suspected leader of the group is on the run while those in custody would be charged to court this week. It was gathered that the suspects are mainly students of Ilorin extraction.The suspects were reportedly arrested in Adeta, Oloje, Pakata, Omoda, Ita Kud
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11 killed, 12 injured in Jos attack
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Eleven people were killed in Lopandet Dwei, Jos South Local Government of Plateau State, following gunmen attack on Sunday.Eyewitnesses said the gunmen stormed the community, about 8.30 pm, and opened fire on the people before driving off.A statement yesterday by police spokesman, Tyopev Matthias Terna, said: On September 2, about 20.30hrs, the Plateau State Police Command, Jos, received a distress call that gunmen attacked Lopandet Dwei, Du, in Jos South Local Government Area.We immediately mob
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Customs seizes 50,000 jerry cans of fuel in Ogun creek
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) said yesterday it intercepted petroleum products estimated at millions of naira while being smuggled to Benin Republic.The items, it was learnt, were intercepted at the weekend by officers of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) at Zone A in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital.The petroleum products were reportedly loaded in 12 wooden speed boats conveying about 50,000 Jerry cans in Ijofin Creek in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.The Assistant Comptroller Ge
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Abductors of Edo APC chieftain demand N20m ransom
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Abductors of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akoko-Edo Local Government Are of Edo State, Deacon Henry Ashofor, have demanded the payment of N20 million ransom to release him.Ashofor was reportedly abducted last Saturday near Aiyetoro community on Igarra-Ibillo road while returning from a ceremony.Another party chieftain in the area confirmed that the abductors called their victims wife on Sunday morning.The politician, who spoke in confidence, said Ashofors wife begged to
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Police arrest over 1,000 suspected robbers, kidnappers in one year
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The police have said they arrested over 1,000 robbery, kidnapping and cattle rustling suspects within one year of creating the Operation Absolute Sanity on the Kaduna/Abuja highways.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Force, on July 25, last year, started the operation on the highways.The team includes Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad, Force Intelligence Branch and police helicopters.The operation
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2019: Akintola and Oyo APC succession battle
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
A legal luminary, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), is among the aspirants itching to succeed Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next years election. He will face other 23 aspirants at the primary later in the month. Can the eminent lawyer overcome the hurdles and pick the ticket’ Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU writes on the succession battle in the Pacesetter State. As a lawyer, he knows his onions. Vocal, versatile and hardworking
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I wont step down for Melaye
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Capital Market and Institutions, Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen represents Kabba/Bunu/ Ijumu Constituency on the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP). He spoke with VICTOR OLUWASEGUN on his senatorial ambition in Kogi West District and why he will not step down for Senator Dino Melaye at the primary.You are aspiring to represent Kogi West Senatorial District, but Senator Dino Melaye has now defected to the PDP and would contest the same seat
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Soyinka to lead delegates to Nigerian Cultural & Film Festival, Bordeux
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
As part of its mission of upholding the image of Nigeria, Content Warehouse Limited, an audio-visual and cultural promotion organization, is set for the maiden edition of Nigerian Cultural & Film Festival; one of the biggest showcases of Nigerias creative works in Bordeaux, a notable tourist city in France.Taking place from September 16 to 19, 2018, Nobel Literature Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka will be leading a delegation of Nigerian film industry stakeholders to the festival.According
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Africa stands still as AMVCA crowns deserving film persons
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
In what has become a Mecca for African movies, celebrities from across the continent trooped to the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Saturday. The occasion was the sixth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA).Anchored by IK Osakioduwa and Minnie Dlamini, the event which saw 29 awards given out, started with a performance by Niger-Delta dance troupe, Seki. It was witnessed by movie stars, filmmakers and celebrities from across Africa. Glitz and glamour was the wor
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Dankwambo, Turaki woo Edo PDP delegates
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Gombe State Governor Hassan Dankwambo and a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Government Affairs, Tanimu Turaki, have urged Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to brace up for next years elections.Both of them are presidential aspirants of the PDP.They spoke in Benin City, Edo State capital, during an interaction with delegates of the PDP.Dankwanbo, who lauded various reform policies initiated by Chief Uche Secondus led executive of the party urged Edo PDP members to ensure that t
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Reminisce, others for Senator Most Distinguished The UK Tour
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Ace comedian Bethel Njoku, better known as Senator, has hinted that his upcoming show tagged Senator Most Distinguished The UK Tour, will be held in five different locations Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester .Expected to perform at all the five locations are indigenous rapper, Reminisce, Klint Da Drunk, FunnyBone, Dan the Humorous, Osama and Buchi among others. The show would be hosted by OAP Yaw.On why he is taking the show outside Nigeria, Senator disclosed that Nigerian
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I will develop Benue, says aspirant
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Former Benue State Commissioner for Land and Survey and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), John Tondo, has said that, if elected,he would concentrate on infrastructural development the state, using the blueprint of former Governors Aper Aku and Gabriel Suswam.He said Benue had suffered in terms of infrastructural development and if voted into office, he would construct roads to connect rural communities and enhance the security and well-being of the peopl
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My recipe for resolving intimate issues among couples Jaaruma, sex therapist
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
With thousands of subscribers to her Jaaruma Empire app, YouTube channel and Instagram, Hauwa Saidu Mohammed popularly known as Jaaruma has imprinted her brand many Nigerians with her recipe of resolving sexual issues among couples.The lady who hails from the ghettos of Nyanya, from Billiri local government area of Gombe State said that studied and mastered Silky Kola with Lakanin Ningi(SKMLN) for over three years before sending it out for free trials in the 36 states of Nigeria and finally rele
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Lagos APC: we welcome defectors
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman Alhaji Tunde Balogun has hailed the defection of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Adegoke Salvador, to the ruling party.He said: It is a welcome developemnt. I welcome Adegoke Salvador and his supporters. We will host them to a grand reception. He defected in good faith.Balogun, who spoke on phone, urged the defectors to register at their respective wards.He said: Registration is still on. They can also come to the state secreta
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ADC begins sale of N10m nomination form
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The African Democratic Congress (ADC), has announced the commencement of its sale of its Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for next years general elections.In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Yemi Kolapo, the ADC said the forms had been made affordable in line with commitment to a fair playing ground for all aspirants.According to the statement, the expression of interest and nomination forms for the presidential category is N2 million and N10 million, respectively
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Qissbow eyes international scene
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Up and coming singer Ogunsote Baliqis Bukola, is set to take her music to the international level. Known as Qissbow in the entertainment sector, she was the fifth runner-up in Airtel One Mic in 2014.Now, she is out with a new single, Kast (Fowanlenu), produced by TeeQue.It is her first single following a hiatus after her last outing when she released the visuals to her Ojuelegba (a Wizkid cover) in June 2015.Qissbow has also styled popular acts such as X3M Music recording artiste, Simi, under th
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I wont impose any candidate Ajimobi
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has assured members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state that he would not impose any candidate on the party for the 2019 general elections.He gave the assurance on Monday at the Oyo South Senatorial District stakeholders meeting of the party held at Lafia hotel in Ibadan.The meeting was attended by State Executive Council members, local government chairmen, councillors, local government executives, ward executives and other stakeholders in the
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Kutiblast Mayana releases Gallant Well
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Ondo State born musician, Olasunkanmi Kuti, has released a single Gallant Well. The 26-year-old who is also known as Kutiblast Mayana,sings in a blend of Yoruba and pidgin English.In Gallant Well, he calls on a pretty model not to waste time to join the fray but rather mingle freely.The song was released under his record label, More Money Records (MMR) under the co-sponsorship of Bright Esosa and Annmom Foundation for Mothers Welfare, AFMW, an organisation who has taken the issue of quality lif
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SIM card registration blues
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
About two years ago, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) descended heavily on all carriers for failing to deactivate improperly registered subscriber identity module (SIM) cards on their networks. MTN was worst hit as it was initially slammed with a N1.04 trillion fine for keeping over five million of such SIMs on its network. The fine was reduced to N330 billion. LUCAS AJANAKU writes on the need for all to play by the rule.A civil servant who identified herself simply as Agnes has been
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Why African air navigation service providers must train personnel
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Members of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) have urged the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) and the Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in Africa to train their professionals to enhance their service delivery.The body said CAAs and ANSPs should use the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) doc 10057 and 1007 for ATSEPs and Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) inspectors to develop their capacity.The body said this could be achieved through the training
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Labour pickets Nokia Solutions
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Members of the Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN), yesterday, picketed Nokia Solutions Networks over alleged flawed redundancy exercise and disregard for local industrial laws.The group alleged that the anti-labour practises of the firm was further exacerbated by its casualisation of workers while staff are disengaged and outsourced to recruitment firms and given three months employment letters.Its President, Oladapo Moses said the group
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New investor eyes 10% equity stake in NEM Insurance
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
A new strategic investor, Eaton Acquisitions Limited, is seeking to acquire 10 per cent equity stake in NEM Insurance Plc, a major stake that will enable the new investor to take up board position at the insurance firm.Eaton Acquisitions Limited has confirmed that it had acquired up to nine per cent equity stake in NEM Insurance, one percentage point below its target.The Nation had two weeks ago reported exclusively that the new investor struck a cross deal to acquire additional 2.46 per cent eq
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UBAs Leo launched on WhatsApp
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
United Bank for Africa (UBA) has announced the commencement of its chat bank Leo on the WhatsApp platform.With Leo on WhatsApp, customers who are users and lovers of the app can now can perform basic banking services including checking their balances on the go, transferring funds, paying bills, among other services.The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, UBA, Kennedy Uzoka, who expressed excitement about the development remarked that the bank is continuously working in line with cus
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Report: CBN forex interventions hit $963m in August
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The total foreign exchange (forex) interventions by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) stood at $963 million in August, a report by Financial Derivatives, a financial market research firm, has shown.According to the report, the forex interventions have helped to stabilise the naira against global currencies, especillay, the dollar.At the parallel market, the naira started the period at N360/$, and inched up marginally, closing at N361/$ on August 28th.This can be attributed partly to the CBNs int
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Lagos set to clear Computer Village site
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The Lagos State government has started preparation to clear the project site for the new Computer Village at Katangowa in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, it was learnt yesterday.The CEO, Bridgeways Global Projects Limited, Mr. Jimmy Onyemenam, who spoke during a stakeholders meeting in Lagos, said the government has started expansion work on the site preparatory to handing it over for development.He said: At the moment the project is at the verge of flagging off, with the state go
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TSTV: Our struggles drained us financially
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Indigenous pay TV service provider TSTV has lamented the huge challenges hindering it from rolling out services as promised.Its MD/CEO, Bright Echefu, expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their concern, lamenting that the battle started right from the day the announcement about the brand was made.He said: From the date we announced TSTV, it has been fight all the way. I doubt if a week passed without us quenching one fire or the other. We didnt anticipate that there would be war. We were also
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Music star Davido is Infinix brand ambassador
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Infinix Mobility, said it has signed one of Africas most prolific music artiste, Davido as its brand ambassador. The firm said it is a demonstration of its commitment to further bridge the gap between itself as a smartphone brand and its youthful target audience,The OEM, in a statement, said both brands cater to a young audience and are trendsetters, adding that both brands also draw inspiration from their fans and inspire the future, a dream partnership str
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AfDB, FAO, partner , agric investments
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The African Development Bank and the FAO has agreed to boost joint efforts aimed at catalysing agriculture sector investments in Africa to end hunger and malnutrition and increase prosperity throughout the continent.In terms of the agreement, the African Development Bank and the FAO are committed to raise up to $100 million over five years, to support joint activities.Specifically, the new strategic alliance seeks to enhance the quality and impact of investment in food security, nutrition, socia
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The CBN/MTN Fine Issue Facts v.s Fiction
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria announced on Wednesday, 28th August, 2018, that it is imposing sanctions on four (4) banks for facilitating the illegal repatriation of capital from Nigeria on behalf of MTN Nigeria and its shareholders.This surreptitiously followed the publication of an exclusive in Sahara Reporters alleging that Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, was reluctant to fine unspecified individuals and corporate bodies other entities for unlawful conduct in respect of repatriation of
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