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Osun: Confusion in SDP, ADP, ADC over alliance
Fri, 21 Sep 2018

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THERE was confusion yesterday among the supporters of three major parties participating in tomorrow’s Osun State governorship election, following the rumour that they had formed an alliance.

Radio stations were broadcasting the denial of such an alliance by no fewer than three of the five prominent candidates.

The candidates are Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Moshood Adeoti of the African Democratic Party (ADP) and Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

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At a briefing in Osogbo, the state capital, Omisore, who spoke for the three candidates, said Adeoti and Akinbade did not step down for him, adding that what they had was an alliance for a credible election.

He accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of intimidating would-be voters at rallies.

The APC denied the allegation.

Its spokesman Kunle Oyatomi described the “gang-up” of opposition parties as a “house of commotion”.

Speaking on the telephone last night, Oyatomi said: “We in the APC do not see any threat to whatever the opposition or a coalition of them is doing.

“We are bigger than all of them put together. We will win the election because we have a lot to show as achievements.

“We defeated them in 2014 when the PDP in this state was formidable. Now they are split into pieces. They will lose. They are jittery and are pretenders.

“They are people who lack vision and mission. That is why they have reduced the campaign to only payment of salaries.”

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Presidency tackles Saraki for disparaging Buhari
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
The Presidency yesterday lashed Senate President Bukola Saraki for disparaging President Muhammadu Buhari.Dr Saraki, who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to seek the presidential ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), described Buhari as lacking the vision and capacity to run the country.He spoke when he led his presidential campaign team to visit Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson in Yenagoa, the state capital.The Senate President urged the electora
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Why there was tremor in Abuja, by presidential panel
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
MULTIPLE boreholes and the daily extraction of 330,000 metric tonnes of water have been blamed for the tremor that shook some parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between September 5 and 8, the panel mandated to look into the matter has said in its report.The Presidential Committee also predicted the possibility of more tremors in the country unless the indiscriminate sinking of boreholes was controlled.Relying on the results obtained, using the probability of recurrence theory, the comm
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10 APC governors seeking re-election as party screens aspirants
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
No fewer than 10 All Progressives Congress (APC) governors are seeking the partys tickets for re-election in February, next year. The governors are Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Mohammed Sani Bello (Niger), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Jibrilla Bindo (Adamawa) and Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos).Governors Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Ibrahim Gaida
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APC governors insist on indirect primaries
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) governors under the auspices of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) may have had their way on the mode of primaries to adopt in picking the candidates of the ruling party.They rose from their meeting on Wednesday night, insisting on using both direct and indirect option in the various states.At the meeting were the partys National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and Ekiti State governor-elect Dr. Kayode Fayemi.Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, who doubles as the PGF
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CAN President to Fed Govt, security agencies: rescue Leah Sharibu, others now
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) President Samson Ayokunle yesterday called on the Federal Government and all security agencies to ensure freedom for Leah Sharibu and others held in captive by Boko Haram terrorists before it istoo late.Rev. Ayokunle also urged religious and political leaders to join hands with civil society organisations and international agencies to stop untimely deaths, which, according to him, has given Nigeria a bad name worldwide.Many nations, the cleric said, have seen
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Buhari, Ambode meet in Abuja
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja met with Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House, Abuja.The mission of the governor at the Presidential Villa was not known. It was after the meeting of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), which dragged into the late hours of Wednesday.Ambode is seeking a renewal of mandate for a fresh four-year term. He has challengers in two former Lagos commissioners Babjide Sanwo-Olu (Establishment &Training) and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (Works
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Police recover N470m, N8b, 9657 firearms, 26,994 ammunition, others
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
iN what appears as Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris scorecard, the Nigeria Police Force yesterday said it recovered over $470 million, N8 billion, 9657 firearms and 26,994 ammunition in two years.Two vessels, seven speed boats, 83 trucks, 25 assorted cars, including Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), 36 buses, 29 motorcycles, five speed boat engines and 38 pumping and drilling machines as well as generators, were also recovered during the period under review.The recoveries, according
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Nigeria needs $3tr to bridge infrastructural deficit, says Wabba
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba has said Nigeria will need about $3 trillion in the next 26 years to bridge the infrastructural gap in country.The National President of National Union of Civil Engineering Construct, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW), Comrade Amaechi Asugwuni, attributed the dearth of infrastructure in the country to massive corruption and what he described as irresponsibility of the federal, state, and local governments.Speaking at the Infrastructural Sum
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Emenike is Abia APCs only credible governorship aspirant
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, has said Chief Ikechi Emenike is the partys only genuine governorship aspirant.He spoke with reporters in Abuja.According to him, some of the other so-called aspirants have not even registered in the party. One of them, according to him, a well-known PDP member, even claimed to have joined the party barely two weeks ago.Ndukwe said: I am worried that the national leaders of the party are watching, as a gang o
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My mind is no longer here
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Let me introduce you to a man I met for the first time on Sunday: His name is Yinka. This bundle of deceit is evil. Almost everything about him, including his quest to become a lawmaker, has ulterior motive.Like a typical politician, he feigns lack of interest when a sponsored delegation visits to beg him to run for office. He pleads for time to pray about the offer when the truth is that he bribed the chairman of the party to lead the delegation to offer him the ticket to replace the stingy inc
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Who gets Gombe APC ticket
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Four aspirants-Habiu Muazu, Inuwa Yahaya, Abdullahi Umar and Ahmed Mailantarkiare struggling for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State. Who gets the ticket’ Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the chances of the contenders at the shadow poll. THE governorship primary is gathering momentum in Gombe State. The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are warming up for the exercise.PDP has four aspirants. They
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Aspirant calls for per-time legislature
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
An aspirant for the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alimosho Constituency, Amuludun Gbenga Ahmed, has called for a part-time legislature to cut down the cost of governance in the country.Gbenga disclosed this in an interview with reporters at the launch of his campaign in Lagos. The event was witnessed by friends, party faithful and party leaders.He said: I am in support of part-time legislature and it will help to reduce the high cost of governan
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Ochei: PDP cant retain power in Delta
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
DELTA State All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant Victor Ochei has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot retain power in the state.He spoke at Ughelli during an interactive session with the APC faithful in Ughelli/Udu Federal Constituency.According to him, no previous administration in the state has so depleted our commonwealth as this Okowas.Ochei said it is disheartening that the Okowa administration has inflicted unimaginable hardship on Deltans by scrapping some programmes a
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Why I want to go to House of Reps
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
The Oshodi/Isolo Local Government community association has assured, Afeez Ipesa-Balogun of its support in his quest for a seat in the House of Representatives.A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the association, Canon Babajide Otegbade said the community will support Afeez Ipesa-Balogun, a former Local Government Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, because of his contribution to the development of the area.Ipesa-Balogun, an aspirant to the House of Representatives under the Al
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Group kicks against consensus primaries in Kebbi APC
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Kebbi Development Forum, a non-partisan organisation based in Kebbi State with the main objective of fostering unity and development has kicked against using consensus arrangement to nominate candidates of All Progressive Congress (APC) for the 2019 general elections in kebbi State.The State APC chapter recently adopted consensus for the primary election in the State.Usman Abubakar Gwandu, secretary of the organisation, in an interview with selected journalists in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday said t
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Osun 2018: Omisore, Adeoti, Akinbade sign protocol on credible election
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Three of the five leading candidates in the Osun State governorship election on Thursday revealed that they have signed a protocol to ensure that Saturdays election is credible.The candidates Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Moshood Adeoti of the African Democratic Party (ADP) and Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) disclosed this while briefing reporters in Osogbo, the state capital.Omisore briefed the media on behalf of the three.According to Omisore, A
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Why council chairmen are backing me, by Sanwo-Olu
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Lagos State Governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday debunked the insinuation on social media that the local governments chairmen are backing him for economic gain.Those spreading such falsehood, he said, are either bereft of knowledge of Lagos politics or are only out for mischief.The council chairmen under Conference 57 have backed for Sanwo-Olu to be the partys candidate.He said the Conference 57s endorsement is borne out of the groups desir
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Al-Makura: Why I am probing Abdullahi Adamu
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Adamu fires backNasarawa state governor, Tanko Al-Makura on Thursday said he decided to Institute a probe into the activities of one of his predecessor and Senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu, after eleven years, saying certain issues take a long time before they come up.But in a sharp reaction, the former governor said he welcome the decision by the governor to set up of a 9-man Committee by to investigate certain activities carried out during his stewardship as governor of the
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The Agbada Challenege: Who slays more
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Nigerian comedian Ayo Makun popularly known as AY has decided to spice up the Merry men; Yoruba demons movie premier with a challenge to get more viewers interested in the movie.The challenge which tagged the Agbada challenge was released on the comedians social media handle on Thursday.The challenge involves BBN host Ebuka Uchendu and former BBN housemate Tobi Bakre who Alex Unsual teamed up against the Merry Men.On the part of the merry men, the likes of Falz, Jim Iyke, Mofe Damijo and Ramsey
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Q4: Retailers strategise to boost sales
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Fierce competition, requiring creative marketing and sales promotions to woo customers, characterise the last quarter of the year.Friendly-customer service representatives, fast service and an appealing selection of merchandise, paired with special pricing structures help retailers achieve a profitable sales season.The last quarter of the year is usually for bumper sales; with many outlets and malls giving various bonanzas and freebies to woo buyers. Not wanting their stock to spill over into th
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Fed Govt begins N1b severance payment to ex-PHCN staff
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
The Federal Government has begun severance payment for the 408 active staff and retirees/Next-of Kins (NOKs) of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).These payments, including entitlements amounting to N1.053billion go to those who have been computed and audited by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), said yesterday.BPEs Director General, Alex A. Okoh, expressed delight that following the approval of the National Cou
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Chi unveils Exotic Pineapple Coconut pack
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Chi Exotic Nectar has unveiled a new 150ml pack for its Pineapple Coconut product.It offers the same taste and refreshment.The pack is price friendly. It is the result of deploying innovation to drive brand growth in a dynamic market environment.The variant offers an irresistible taste and distinctive refreshment that makes it ideal for indulgence and relaxation. Its taste and trendy pack size connects with the taste preferences and healthy choices of a youthful consumer segment.According to a B
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Global manufacturing to remain stable despite deceleration
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Global industrial growth is expected to remain stable this year, despite continuing uncertainties related to trans-Atlantic trade, the Brexit, and economic sanctions, which have weakened the dynamism of global industrial growth seen in 2016 and 2017.A United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) report released this week said world manufacturing value added (MVA) is likely to sustain a 3.9 per cent growth rate in 2018.The report said manufacturing output of industrialised economies
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KWA introduces wild Africa liqueur
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
South Africa wines, spirits and liqueur manufacturer, KWA has announced the introduction of Wild Africa Cream Liqueur into the wine market.Speaking at the unveiling in Ikeja, Lagos, the brand Manager, RTDs Liqueurs, KWA SA, Barry Badenhorst, said the firm aimed to celebrate Nigeria and satisfy its consumers.He said: Wild Africa has been around for few years and its available basically in every continent and because Africa is in our name, its time to move our African countries better so we decide
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EFG-Hermes eyes banking licence
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
EFG-Hermes Holding SAE will apply for an investment-banking license in Nigeria. The licence will enable it to expand in West Africa after acquiring brokerage and research firm Primera Africa Securities Limited.Bloomberg report says the company wants to use Nigeria as a regional hub to support clients in countries including Ghana and Ivory Coast, Ali Khalpey, chief executive officer of EFG-Hermes frontier unit, said in interview in Lagos. The Nigerian licence marks the next phase of growth for th
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Honeywell Flour Mills posts N16b gross profit
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HFMP) announced N16.1 billion gross profit for the year ended March 31, 2018. The result was announced at the companys ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.The profit grew by 26 per cent from N12.7 billion in the previous year even as the profit after tax (PAT) stood at N4.4 billion.The companys revenue grew by 34 per cent to N71.5 billion within the period under review, as against N53.2 billion recorded in the correspondi
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Dangote unveiles BlocMaster for moulders
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Builders and other stakeholders have praised the BlocMaster Cement which was launched by Dangote Cement yesterday in Kano, saying it is appropriate for block moulding in Nigeria.Before its launch, the product was adjudged by engineers, builders and block makers, as an ideal product due to its rapid setting within an hour, its strength and top quality.Block makers who witnessed its unveiling, lauded the companys innovate efforts and after a demonstrative test, attested to its strength, saying it
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Hollandia Soya Milk sachet packs excite consumers
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
Hollandia Soya Milk has introduced a 100ml sachet pack into the market.The pack has a blue strip and small icons that typify various sports.Endorsed by the Nutrition Society of Nigeria as a healthy drink, Hollandia Soya Milk is cholesterol-free and comprised protein, calcium, Vitamins A, C & D.According to a nutritionist, Mrs. Temi Obiaya, soya milk not only offers nourishment but helps to lower cholesterol levels to keep the heart healthy.Soya milk possesses a lot of nutritional benefits; h
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Corporate affairs adviser appointed goodwill ambassador
Fri, 21 Sep 2018
The Corporate Affairs Adviser of the Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB), Kufre Ekanem, isthe Goodwill Ambassador of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Akure. Also appointed along with him is Human Resource icon Abiola Popoola.The conferment and plaque presentation were held in Akure as part of the activities of the institutions first ever Distinguished Lecture, which was delivered by Ekanem.The distinguished lecture, organised by the International Strategy Office of the university, was themed
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