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Lagos Governorship Race Intrigues Deepen, Tinubu Weighs Options, Meets Buhari over Ambode
Fri, 14 Sep 2018

The fate of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State hung in the balance last night as President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, were locked in a meeting in Abuja over the national leader’s withdrawal of support for the second term aspiration of the governor.

However, signs that, in spite of the meeting, peace might not be in sight soon emerged yesterday as Ambode’s main challenger, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu, pushed out a list of his campaign coordinators, announcing that he would hold a rally shortly to formally announce his aspiration.

The other contender, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, also told THISDAY last night that he was preparing for his screening, having submitted his nomination form to the party.

Multiple sources in Abuja and Lagos confirmed the peace meeting to THISDAY yesterday, assuring that with Buhari’s last-minute intervention, Ambode would likely secure Tinubu’s approval to seek re-election in 2019 on the platform of the ruling APC.

There has been controversy over the political future of Ambode after Sanwo-Olu and former Lagos State Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Hamzat obtained nomination form to challenge Ambode in the APC primaries scheduled to hold on September 19.

Just after obtaining the nomination form, the Mandate Movement, a political group loyal to the APC national leader, promptly endorsed Sanwo-Olu, a former Commissioner for Establishment, Training & Pensions in the state to contest the 2019 governorship poll.

Subsequently, all chairmen of 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) as well as 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state signed Sanwo-Olu’s governorship nomination form, claiming that they were acting on the instruction of the APC leader.

Some APC chieftains in the state, including former Deputy Chairman of Lagos APC, Cardinal James Odumbaku and former Commissioner for Agriculture & Cooperatives, Mr. Kaoli Olusanya, allegedly directed Ambode to return his nomination form or face impeachment at a meeting held at Watercress Hotel, Ikeja Monday night.

But the potential collateral damage the defeat of Ambode in the primary could cause the APC at the general election has become worrisome to party leader at the national level, prompting the intervention of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, who was in Lagos yesterday to persuade Tinubu to change his mind.

After the meeting, Tinubu left Lagos for Abuja to meet with Buhari who had invited him for discussions over Ambode.

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PDP: With Buhari as APC Candidate, Our Victory is Assured
Fri, 14 Sep 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said thursday that the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, as the presumed presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reassured the opposition party of victory in the forthcoming general elections scheduled for the first quarter of next year.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party pointed out that Buhari’s fear to contest an elective presidential primary, for which he and a few APC leaders scared away other presidential contestants within their party with threats and high nomination form fees, had ended up ruining APC’s chance of fielding a good candidate for the election.

According to the opposition party, “Had President Buhari shed his desperation for power and allowed for internal democracy within the APC, particularly when it became clear that Nigerians across board have become averse to his re-election, due to his incompetence and insensitivity to the plight of the citizens, there would have been little hope for the APC.

“In muzzling contest in APC and gleefully emerging a sole candidate, President Buhari has merely won a pyrrhic victory; a General without a troop, with no capacity to face a general election, as the army of stakeholders and the masses that supported him in 2015 have since left him because of his unfulfilled promises and many failures in governance.

“Now that Mr. President has confirmed by his body language that he had no chance in a party he leads, how then can he stand a chance in the general elections, where millions of Nigerians, who are suffering untold hardship because of his misrule are only waiting to deal him a blow with their votes?”

PDP added, “Owing to Buhari’s incompetence, Nigerians’ purchasing power had become abysmally low, industries have wound up with attendant mass job losses; foreign direct investments have hit all time low, international partners have totally lost confidence in doing business with our compatriots, while the administration had no economic blueprint except borrowing”.

The party said since Buhari’s declaration to contest the 2019 election, true democrats and other well-meaning citizens had continued to leave the APC in droves to the repositioned PDP, which has now become the rallying platform for all Nigerians, in their collective quest for a new president among the array of very credible aspirants in the PDP.

The party said while it was settled that Buhari would be no match to any of its presidential aspirants, all indices point to his imminent defeat as the PDP remains committed to a credible, free, fair and transparent presidential primary, where Nigerians will freely participate to throw up that president that will lead the country to the path of unity, peace, good governance and economic prosperity for our people.

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Ado Indigenes Protest against Fayose’s Sale of Oba’s Market
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti Indigenes of Ado Ekiti under the auspices of Ado Ewi Indigenes Rights Protection Forum and Ado Ekiti Youth Coalition, yesterday protested against Governor Ayodele Fayose for selling the Oba’s Market in the town to traders , rather than allowing the local government council to rent it out to users. The []The post Ado Indigenes Protest against Fayose’s Sale of Oba’s Market appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Buhari’s Re-election Meant to Oppress Nigerians, Says Fayose
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has kicked against the statement that President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election to protect Nigerians, saying the President’s return bid was meant to oppress Nigerians. ‘Nothing is further from the truth’, says Fayose in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his Chief []The post Buhari’s Re-election Meant to Oppress Nigerians, Says Fayose appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Emefiele Emerges Chairman of W’Africa Monetary Zone
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Ndubuisi Francis and James Emejo in Abuja The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, was thursday elected chairman of the West Africa Monetary Zone (WAMZ) at the ongoing sub-regional meeting hosted by Nigeria. Critical stakeholders in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region, including central banks, ministries of finance, []The post Emefiele Emerges Chairman of W’Africa Monetary Zone appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Amaechi is a Traitor to His People, Says Omokri
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
For refusing to spend N13 billion on the Maritime University in the Niger Delta region, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has been described as a traitor to people of his South-south region ‘who gave him the quota opportunity to serve as a cabinet member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.’ The affront against the []The post Amaechi is a Traitor to His People, Says Omokri appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Wide Jubilation in Imo as Araraume Defects to APGA, Picks Governorship Nomination Form
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Udora Orizu in Abuja There was a widespread jubilation in Imo State, especially the state capital, Owerri, thursday as Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume formally defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), by picking the governorship nomination form of the APGA. Araraume, who was until recently, a chieftain of APC, []The post Wide Jubilation in Imo as Araraume Defects to APGA, Picks Governorship Nomination Form appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG’s Disbursement of Collateral-free Loan Excites Abuja Traders
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Sunday Okobi The Trader-Moni loan disbursed by the federal government in partnership with the Bank of Industry (BoI) to traders in Abuja elicited excitement last Wednesday at the Nyanya market in the federal capital as traders hailed the decision to disburse the sum of N10,000 to each of them. The disbursement, accordingly, is part of []The post FG’s Disbursement of Collateral-free Loan Excites Abuja Traders appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Hinders Local Inventors from Protecting their Intellectual Property
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Adedayo Akinwale and Palvin Namero in Abuja The federal government through the Trademark and Designs Registry has said lack of knowledge of what a patent or industry right is was hindering local inventors from filing for patent rights for their inventions and protecting their intellectual property. The Registrar, Mrs. Stella Ezenduka, disclosed this yesterday in []The post Hinders Local Inventors from Protecting their Intellectual Property appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Bandits Kill 11 in Zamfara
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Mohammed Aminu in Gusau Bandits have killed 11 persons in Badarawa village of Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. THISDAY checks revealed that the bandits stormed the village last Wednesday night and opened fire on the residents leading to pandemonium in the area. It was also gathered that at least 10 youths were injured []The post Bandits Kill 11 in Zamfara appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Single Currency: No Member-Country Met Convergence Criteria, Says WAMI
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Emefiele insists on sustainable currency union, urges region to take advantage of US-China trade war James Emejo in Abuja Barely 18 months to the projected 2020 implementation deadline, it emerged yesterday that no member country of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), including Nigeria, had met all convergence criteria towards the implementation of a single []The post Single Currency: No Member-Country Met Convergence Criteria, Says WAMI appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Three Adamawa Journalists Petition IG over Threat to Their Lives
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Daji Sani in Yola Three journalists in Adamawa State have petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IG), demanding protection over an allegation that the state government was planning to kill or hurt them They include TVC correspondent, Adenusi Owolabi; Punch Newspapers’ correspondent, Hindi Livinus and Sahara Reporters’ correspondent, Phineas Padio all practicing in the []The post Three Adamawa Journalists Petition IG over Threat to Their Lives appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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