NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 SEPTEMBER, 2018].

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Fresh trouble for Ambode over second term move
Wed, 12 Sep 2018

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Is there a conspiracy to stop the second term bid of Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode?
This poser seems to be resolved in the affirmative amid frenetic political developments in the state.

The incumbent had on Monday picked the nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Shortly after, however, two others, Mr. Jide Sanwonolu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, obtained similar forms.

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Sanwonolu, a commissioner under former Governor Babatunde Fashola, is currently the managing director of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC).

The Guardian had reported a rumoured rift between APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, and Ambode. Stakeholders refuted this.

When the APC leader canvassed direct primary in Lagos, there were insinuations that Ambode was the target. Again, this was denied.

But the state’s 57 council chairmen loyal to Tinubu have reportedly met and pledged their support for Sanwonolu, who is believed to be Tinubu’s choice.

The Chief Press Secretary to Ambode, Abib Haruna, and Commissioner for Information Kehinde Bamgbetan could not be reached for comments.

“Lagos State and Ambode are not synonymous with APC. Indeed, on the contrary, APC is synonymous with progressive politics and what its leaders represent, which is personified in the person of Asiwaju Tinubu, who has continuously shown that he is a master strategist by his contributions.

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APC deserters corrupt, weak, selfish, says Buhari
Wed, 12 Sep 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared that all who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to other political parties were selfish, weak and corrupt people that could not align with the vision of his administration.
He made the remarks while accepting the expression of interest and nomination form donated by a group, the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“I am honoured today to receive youths from all over the country contributing to buy the form for me,” Buhari said, as he received the N45 million document.

“The corrupt, the selfish have left APC. Today, I am pleased to say the weakest among us, those whose selfish expectations did not align with our patriotic zeal, have exited out party.

We are now a party of strong and patriotic individuals who are ready, willing and able to continue on this journey of building a secure, self-sufficient and corruption-free Nigeria,” he added.

It will be recalled that last month, the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, also referred to “Buhari’s critics” as “saboteurs and thieves.”

The president listed some achievements of his administration as the completion of rail projects and construction of new ones; support for farmers; rehabilitation of fertiliser plants; the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), which he claimed had curbed looting in the public service; provision of jobs; and cash aid to vulnerable Nigerians.

Earlier, the deputy chairman of the NCAN board of trustees, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the group purchased the form based on its conviction that the president had performed outstandingly in reviving the economy and combating graft and terrorism.

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FG approves deportation of 36 Indians, two Koreans
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
The Federal Government has approved the immediate deportation of 36 Indians and two Koreans. Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd.), who signed the deportation order yesterday in his Abuja office, said it was in pursuant to Section 45(2, 3 and 4) of the Nigeria Immigration Act 2015. According to him, the Indians gained entry []
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Nigerians should be happy Buhari did not sign PIGB, says Enang
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate) to the President, Ita Enang, has said rather than express displeasure, Nigerians should be grateful that President Muhammadu Buhari did not sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) into law.
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Why Nigerian tourism sector lags behind amid huge potential
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
Lack of clear destination marketing strategy and synergy among stakeholders has been identified as the bane of Nigerian travel and tourism sector.
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Plan on to resuscitate women table tennis, Tikon reveals
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon has commended Aruna Quadri for winning the men’s singles at the just concluded African Table Tennis Championship in Mauritius, saying it showed how determined the champion is to become one of the best players in the world. Quadri beat Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh 4-1 to win []
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Adeoti to review policy on contract award, others
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
From the Action Democratic Party (ADP) came yesterday a promise to use agricultural revolution and aggressive development of small and medium scale industries to revitalise Osun State economy if elected. Besides, the party promised to review the current administration’s policy on award of contracts with a view to favouring local contractors, as a measure to []
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How rail system will save Lekki from congestion
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
The extension of a rail system to the Lekki area of Lagos will help the state avert another traffic disaster in the next few years, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has said. Given the multiplicity of mega projects in the area, such an infrastructure will guarantee sanity and flow of []
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Ripples of the U.S. Open’s women finals
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
History was made in many fronts when Naomi Osaka defeated her idol, Serena Williams to win her first major title. As her triumph heralded the advent of a new generation in the women’s game, the ripples of the controversial match continue to dominate the world of tennis. It has pitched the sport’s governing body, International []
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National security and NOUN law graduates
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
The crisis between the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) over admission into the Nigerian Law School is indeed discreditable albeit resolvable. Taking a realistic and holistic look on the issues, the quagmires which have lingered for five years since the first set graduated resulted from conflict of interests []
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Remembering Bola Ige
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
Had he not been assassinated in his Bodija Housing Estate, Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria home, that Sunday, December 23, 2001, Chief ‘Bola Ige, SAN, would have been 88 years old today. May his noble soul, continue to rest in peace. Amen. The late Chief Ige, better known and called Uncle ‘Bola, was not only []
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