Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Guardian Newspaper Headlines [5th October, 2018].

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Nine APC governors move to regain control, storm Aso Rock
Fri, 05 Oct 2018

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Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stormed Aso Rock yesterday for emergency talks with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The visit followed a turbulent conduct of the party’s primaries across the country and concerns by the governors that they have been deprived of their powers to influence political trends in their states.

Their action calls to mind a similar intervention last year when trouble over the party’s mid-term convention and the fate of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun National Working Committee (NWC) rocked the boat.

Although the governors volunteered to fund the convention, their suggestion was overtaken by the discovery that the tenure of the NWC members was drawing to a close.

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This time, attempt by the party to select its candidates, preparatory to next year’s election, through the contentious direct primary method, is causing disquiet among contending interests.

As at press time, about 13 states were enmeshed in crises, ranging from factional primaries to fraudulent outcomes of governorship and National Assembly primaries.

Notable among these states are Kaduna, where the incumbent, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, are entangled in political warfare.

In Imo State, where the chairman of the Progressives Governors is serving out his second term, his attempt to impose his son-in-law and his desire to retire to the Senate have unsettled the party, resulting in the declaration of dual winners of dubious primaries.

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Government kicks off 5,000 daily output modular refinery in Imo
Fri, 05 Oct 2018

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday performed the ground breaking of a 5,000 barrel per day (bpd) capacity modular refinery at Ibegwe Flow Station in Ohaji Local Council of Imo State to boost local content and enhance production of petroleum products.
According to him, the facility is to commence production in 18 months and would supply crude to dedicated storage tanks.

At the event graced by captains of industry, including senators Mohammed Dagash and Florence Ita-Giwa, Kachikwu expressed concerns over the future of the nation’s oil sector, disclosing that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was committed to resuscitating the four refineries.

The oil installation, he noted, was to create employment opportunities for the youths and end militancy in the Niger Delta.

Commending the Waltersmith Refining and Petrochemical Company for identifying with the vision of the government, the minister said the modular refineries nationwide were designed to reduce importation of petroleum products.

Its chairman/chief executive officer, Abdulrazaq Isa, described the event as remarkable, stating that the feat had signalled the entry of the firm into the downstream petroleum sector, which according to him, was part of its vision to becoming a fully integrated energy company determined to contribute meaningfully to Nigeria’s energy security and sustainable programme.

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Soyinka, Agbakoba, Balewa, others for mega party’s convention
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
A new mega political party of fresh breed leaders of the third force movement in the country, Peoples Trust (PT), will hold its national convention today and tomorrow in Ikeja, Lagos. The national chairman of the party and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), made the announcement in a []
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APC annuls Zamfara gubernatorial, Edo National Assembly primaries
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has annulled the Zamfara State governorship primaries. The party adduced malpractices, such as snatching of election materials and result sheets, as reasons for the annulment. In a statement by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena, the party stated that a new date for the conduct of a fresh []
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Al-Makura, Adokwe, others win senatorial tickets in Nasarawa, Na’Allah in Kebbi South
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
Governor Umru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has won the senatorial ticket to represent the southern senatorial zone on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Also, Senator Suleiman Adokwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated his rival, a House of Representatives member, Ogoshi Onawo, with 197 votes to 155. Al-Makura contested with []
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Lagos PDP governorship aspirants hopeful of victory, say crisis in APC good for the state
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
The two aspirants in Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary, Mr. Jimi Agbaje and Deji Doherty, yesterday expressed optimism that they would get the party’s ticket. They, however, noted that anyone who emerges as the winner of the primary would be supported and worked for to emerge the next governor of the state []
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Super Eagles players’ selection now all comers affair, says worried Rufai
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
Former Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Peter Rufai is worried that the managers of the senior national team has made inclusion in the squad an all comers affair…
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CBN mulls mobile court for currency traders, abusers
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
The fight against trading in mint currency and abuse of the naira at events has gained prominence, as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Bankers Committee has mulled a mobile court to try offenders.
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Rail passengers’ revenue rises to N435.97 million
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
Latest statistics from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that a total of N435.97 million was generated as revenue for passenger travel in the second quarter (Q2) of the year against N435.95 million in Q1.
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Security expert urges proactive measure against cyber attacks
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
Cyber security expert has urged organizations susceptible to cyber attacks to adequately and proactively deploy solutions that will mitigate such incidences. Chuks Udensi, MD/CEO Infodata,Nigeria stated this at ‘the human point story: Reinventing Cybersecurity conference’ organized by Infodata and Forcepoint held in Lagos. He noted that the typical security challenges we have is that fraudsters []
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