Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines [7th October, 2018].

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PDP govs split over support for Tambuwal, Atiku, Saraki
Sun, 07 Oct 2018

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State governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were pulling in different directions last night on the party’s presidential choice as delegates prepared to commence voting at the Port Harcourt national convention.

Intense horse-trading by the party’s 13 presidential aspirants pervaded the city ahead of voting, and for the last time, the 13 aspirants jostling for the PDP ticket rejected pressure to consider adopting a consensus candidate.

Two of them -Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Kabiru Tanimu Turaki – dismissed speculations that they had stepped them.

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The Nation gathered authoritatively that some of the governors were rooting for Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

Delegates from Cross Rivers, River, Ekiti and Edo States were particularly enthusiastic about him.

Those from Benue, home state of Senator David Mark, said they would cast their votes for the immediate past senate president.

But they said that in the event that he reconsiders his interest in the race, they would cast their lot with whoever he directs them to support.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was unrelenting in his campaign and continued to meet with as many delegates as possible ahead of voting.

Governor Ibrahim Dankwabo of Gombe State, according to sources, was reaching out to his fellow governors to back his aspiration on account of his loyalty to the party during its trying period.

The governor reminded them that he remained the only PDP governor in the North when others had left.

Worried by the tension sparked in the party by the primary, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Aliyu Gusau held a closed door session yesterday with Atiku and 11 other aspirants.

He pleaded with them to place the survival of PDP above any personal interest.

He also asked the aspirants to be magnanimous in victory and defeat.

Multiple sources told The Nation that PDP governors turned down suggestion by one of them, Nyesom Wike (Rivers) to agree on a presidential candidate.

All the aspirants insisted on going ahead to try their luck through the ballot.

Gusau and other founding fathers of PDP were said to be concerned about stability in the party after the National Convention.

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APC affirms Buhari as presidential flag bearer
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has endorsed the nomination of President Muhamadu Buhari as the Presidential candidate of the party for the 2019 general election.About 7000 delegates from across the 36 states and the FCT participated in the exercise which took place at the Eagle Square in Abuja.The exercise which was initially scheduled to begin at 2.00pm was rescheduled to 6.00pm and later 8.00pm.However, it was a hectic time for delegates finding their way into the square as the security p
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Revealed: Why Ebri, others moved against Sanwo-Olus emergence
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Facts have emerged on why the Clement Ebri-led National Electoral Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) attempted to scuttle the gubernatorial primary election held across the 377 wards of Lagos State last Tuesday.In a move that shocked many people within and outside the state, the electoral committee had first announced that it was not aware of any primary election in the state after Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had emerged clear winner ahead of incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.H
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Tinubu, Adeola retain Lagos senatorial tickets as Ashafa loses
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East) has lost his bid to return to the red chamber in 2019.He was defeated by a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Bayo Oshinowo.According to the results announced by the APC National Electoral Committee Chairman for National and State Assembly, Mr Lucky Imasuen at the APC Secretariat Ikeja, yesterday, Oshinowo polled 247,743 to beat Ashafa who scored a paltry 20,385 votes.Imasuen announced Senator Oluremi Tinubu was returned unopposed. She cleared all the
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Shehu Sani loses primary, as El-Rufais aide, Uba Sani, clinches APC ticket
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Police bar journalists from venue Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) yesterday lost the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).He lost the partys ticket to the Special Adviser to Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai on Political Affairs, Malam Uba Sani.There has been no love lost between Sani and El-Rufai with the governor believed to be bent on denying the senator a return ticket to the upper chamber.The governors aide, who has the blessings of his principal, scored 2,088 votes to th
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2019: Donald Duke emerges SDP Presidential candidate
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has emerged as Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2019 general election.Duke polled 812 votes to defeat his close rival, former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, who polled 611 votes at the partys National Convention held at Old Parade Ground, Abuja.The Convention Returning Officer, Dr Abdul Isiaq, declaring the results of the presidential primary election at the early hour of Sunday, said Mr. John Dara,
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14.8 million APC members endorse Buhari
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
14,842,072 members of the APC have affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari as the candidate of the party for the 2019 Presidential election.The total votes was announced by Ekiti stayed Governor elect, Kayode Fayemi on Saturday night.Speaking at the convention, National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said with the conclusion of the primary, the party was ready for the campaign for the elections.Oshiomhole said after todays convention, we are ready for 2019 electioneering campaign an
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PDP National Convention Updates: Voting ends, sorting begins
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Voting for presidential aspirants has ended. Sorting and counting of votes about to start. Agents of all aspirants confirmed that the voting process was transparent.Voting for presidential aspirants of the party is almost completed. Zamfara state delegates and those of the Federal Capital Territory are about voting to complete the exercise.Aspirants present manifestoesPresidential aspirants have started speaking on their manifestoes to convince delegates to vote for them.Secondus declares Conven
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Buhari to Nigerians: I will not let you down
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari in the early hours of Sunday promised again that he would not let Nigerians down.He spoke at the Eagle Square, Abuja during his acceptance speech after he was affirmed by delegates as the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole had formerly presented Buhari as the presidential flag bearer of the party in the 2019 election.Buhari in his acceptance speech around 1.13a.m on Sunday also declared that chan
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Ambode comes to grief
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State found comfort before the states governorship primary election in describing the unprecedented challenge to his second term bid as orchestrated by a group of conspirators who paid scant attention to his capacity or accomplishments. It seemed also sensible, given his peculiar political circumstances, that he embraced scaremongering to warn his party of impending electoral defeat should his aspiration for a second term be truncated by party elders. His suppo
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NLC, minimum wage and politico-economic illogic
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
MORE than a week ago, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) embarked on a seven-day warning strike to press home their demand for a fairer minimum wage for workers. The strike, however, lasted for only three days before it was suspended. No one can tell at the moment, not even the NLC, what would be a fair minimum wage. There was talk among the unionists of N65,000; then N56,000; and then, in the spirit of give and take, N35,000. Whatever is finally decided upon and a decision will have to be take
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On closed states and contested borders
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
After controversial elections in Ondo, Ekiti and Osun, many Nigerians, particularly members of the opposition, believe that a vicious and violent template is being operationalized for the conduct of next years presidential elections. But what is not so obvious to our compatriots is that rigging and allegations of rigging are actually a shorthand or byword for something more fundamental and damning: the perpetual closure of the Nigerian state by ascendant groups.Nigerians are a funny lot indeed.
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Nwosu in early lead as Madumere, Uzodinma boycott exercise
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
There was massive turnout of card- carrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the 305 Wards of Imo State yesterday during the governorship primary.Voting commenced across the Wards as early as 10 am.The exercise followed cancellation of the results of the Ahmed Gulak- led Committee, which produced two candidates after the chairman absconded.The new Committee is led by Ibrahim Agbabiaka.There was tight security at the venues of the congresses all over the state.Results at most
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DANIELLA OKEKE
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Daniella Okeke is an actress, entrepreneur and producer. In this interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, she talks about the things that make her tick, her inspiration and memorable moments.WHAT or who inspired you to go into acting’I think I had always wanted to do some form of entertainment aside watching music and TV sitcoms on screen. But one defining moment for me that really made it click was during my childhood days. I am one of those 80s/90s children who grew up watching sitcoms like The
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Bamidele, Adeyeye, Adetunmbi win Ekiti senatorial tickets
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Adaramodu, Bamisile, four others grab Reps slotsFormer House of Representatives member Opeyemi Bamidele; former Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi and former Minister of State for Works, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye have clinched the three senatorial ti ckets in Ekiti State.At the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries conducted on Friday, Bamidele defeated incumbent Senator, Mrs. FatimatRaji- Rasaki to win in Ekiti Central senatorial district.Bamidele polled 61,823 votes as against Mrs.Raji-Rasakis 3,289
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President Buhari felicitates with Bishop Abraham Olaleye at 60
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Bishop Abraham Olaleye of the Abrahams Evangelistic Ministry on his 60th birthday, wishing him more glorious years of service to God.Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja at the weekend felicitated with members of Bishop Olaleyes family, his friends and associates in the ministry.The president commended the bishop for the discipline, focus and sacrifice he makes to ensure that more people get draw
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Bola Ige, the predictor
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Last Sunday, 30thSeptember, this year, marked exactly the 35thyear that the first civilian governor of the old Oyo State, (present Oyo and Osun States) the late Chief Bola Ige, Senior Advocate of Nigerian (SAN) left office in a rather foggy circumstance. Foggy in the sense that happenings preceding the gazetted end of his government were fraught with threats, betrayals, back stabbings etc. I intend, by this article, to recall history, but more importantly, to pull the ears of present-day enfant
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MA Abubakar: A victory foretold
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
THIS may probably get me fired. May be thats hyperbolic. But it will fetch me a serious reprimand. I am going against the bosss counsel. He pointedly asked us (personal aides) not to gloat for his ringing victory in the APC Bauchi State rancorous gubernatorial primary. Not all of us are that graceful in triumph. I have been dancing Shaku Shaku since he dusted the landlords and owners of the party. With votes nearly twenty times higher to his closest challenger, it was no contest really. It wasnt
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Why were dissatisfied with quality of Southeast federal lawmakers Ogbodo
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Some leaders of Southeast geo-political zone have expressed dissatisfaction over the quality of federal lawmakers that currently represent the zone. Chief Nana Ogbodo, the Director of Tropical Watch, a good governance and anti-corruption agency, in a chat with some journalists in Lagos, explains why the leaders are concerned, reports Associate Editor, Sam EgburonuSOUTHEAST leaders have continued to express dissatisfaction with the quality of federal lawmakers representing the geo-political zone.
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Delta South primary: Four APC senatorial aspirants protest exclusion
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
FOUR All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial aspirants in Delta South Senatorial District have protested their exclusion from the partys primary election even as they dismissed the Delta South Senatorial Primary as a sham.Decrying claims through media reports that they were all disqualified and that only one aspirant was cleared for the contest, the four aspirants said they have not been given any reason for their alleged disqualification, adding that they attended the oral interviews and met
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PDP primaries: Travails of APC defectors (1)
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Recent events suggest that the hopes of some of the top politicians that defected from All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party may have been dashed, reports Assistant Editor, Dare OdufowokanLAST August, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was rocked by a gale of defection that threatened to weaken its base, not only in the National Assembly, but across the various states of the country. Several federal legislators dumped the party and pitched their tents with the opposit
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Ohanaeze is deceiving Ndigbo on 2019
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Livinus Okwara, in this interview with Musa Odoshimokhe says Ohanaeze is misleading the Igbo on 2019. ExcerptsDo you see any of the contestants defeating President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 election’The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the main opposition party we have in the country and when you look at what is happening within it, you will see that none among them can achieve what President Muhammadu Buhari has achieved. Nigerians bro
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Nigeria needs new leaders with fresh ideas
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Comrade Fidelis LawrenceEkoh, 43, is a 2019 presidential aspirant of Young Democratic Party. In this interview with Gbenga Aderanti, he talks about his plans for the country and why voters should look for new faces with fresh ideas. ExcerptsWHAT inspired you to seek the highest office in the land’ No Nigerian is happy at the way things are going here in Nigeria today. I am very sure that you feel the same way that I feel. You should have seen the gathering of youths in Benin when I made my
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Im in the presidential race to win
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Founder and leader of Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), Dr. Johnson Edosomwan, is not only aspiring to the highest political office in Nigeria but also fast gaining confidence that such a tall dream could be achieved in 2019. In this interview, he told Paul Ukpabio what he would do to move Nigeria forward. ExcerptsWhat is your impression of Nigeria, Nigerians and the capacity for the country to become a developed nation in the shortest nearest future’Nigeria is a country with great
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Nigerian women must be heard -Mohammed
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Fateema Aduke Mohammed is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives aspirant for Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency. In this interview, she speaks on women participation in politics, Lagos State politics and 2019 election, reports Omolara AkintoyeWhat is your take on the demand for more women participation in politics ahead of 2019 elections’We are tired of being at the back stage. We are tired of composing political songs, dancing behind the men and they will turn back and g
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Uba Sani picks APC Kaduna Central Senatorial ticket
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Uba Sani, the Special Adviser to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai on Political and Intergovernmental Affairs, has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for Kaduna Central Senatorial District.Sani polled 2,088 votes to defeat incumbent Sen. Shehu Sani, who got 15 votes, and three other aspirants.Prof. Eddie Floyd-Igbo, the APC Coordinator for the Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone, declared the results of the primaries held at Umaru Musa YarAdua Sports Multipurpose Hall, Kaduna, on Saturday.But the A
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Davido, Tiwa Savage Top Nomination for MTV EMAs
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
[See Full List of Nominees]David Adeleke-Davido (Nigeria), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Nyanshinski (Kenya) and Shekinah (South Africa) are top Acts from the African jostling for the 2018 MTV EMAs award.The ceremony will be globally broadcast live from The 2018 MTV EMAs at Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Barakaldo, Biscay on Sunday, November 4 at 9:00pm CAT.Camila Cabello leads the nominations with six nods including Best Song and Best Video for her chart-
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Why Nigerian businesses are targets of xenophobic attacks
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf and Franca Ochigbo in this report examine the clear and present dangers confronting Nigerian business owners operating outside the shores of the country, both within the West African sub-region and beyondNigerian businesses operating outside the shores of the country are no longer at ease. Reason: Nigerians and their businesses are increasingly becoming targets of xenophobic attacks from locals and authorities who hide under any guise to harass such businesses.Observers ar
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Legend Hotel Lagos Airport berths in Lagos
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
The Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, has become the newest entrant to the Lagos excitement.The ultramodern hotel offers unrivalled proximity to the international airport as well as an exclusive immigration and customs desk for private jet passengers. Incorporating a private terminal featuring one maintenance hangar and one parking hangar for private jets, this type of travel and accommodation integration is the first of its kind for corporate and leisure travell
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Nigeria, Malta bilateral relations under threat
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Indications are that the hitherto cordial bilateral relations existing between the Nigerian government and its counterpart in Malta may be under severe strain due to an unresolved crisis, which experts within the diplomatic circles say is capable of causing irreparable damage to both countries.Malta is one of the worlds smallest countries in Europe occupying a landmass of over 316 km2 (122 sq mi) with a population of about 475,000 and lies 80 km south of Italy, 284 km east of Tunisia, and 333km
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Star Lager ends promo, produces over 250 millionaires
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Nigerian Breweries Plc, brewers of Star Lager beer, has announced the conclusion of the Star Lager Millionaires Promo, a national consumer promotion that was designed to reward football fans and lovers of Nigerias premium beer brand.The promo, driven by limited special edition bottlesof Star with unique crown corks bearing winning identifications were redeemed via mobile phone USSD codes. Over 300 million naira worth of prizeswere awarded to thousands of consumers during the course of the United
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ECOWAS agreement enables Nigerians to do business within the sub-region
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Prof. Jonathan Aremu is a professor of International Economic Relations. In this interview with Alamin Ibrahim, the erstwhile acting Vice Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, speaks on the ECOWAS position as far as protection of member countries operating within the sub-region. Excerpts: Why are Nigerian businesses coming under attack’Its unfortunate that it is happening within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) especially Ghana that Nigerian businesses ar
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Total empowers youths with SME skills
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
A leading energy company in the country, Total E & P Nigeria Limited has graduated another batch of 25 young Nigerians with livelihood skills for self-reliance in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.The six weeks training saw the trainees trained in five different skills of endeavours for five weeks while a week was devoted to entrepreneurship training on how to manage and run independent businesses by the trainees.The training held in collaboration with Isura Empowerment had five trainees each tr
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How to address challenges of SME finance
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are critical to the development of any economy as they possess great potentials for employment generation, improvement of local technology, output diversification, development of indigenous entrepreneurship and forward integration with large-scale industries. In Nigeria, there has been gross under performance of the SMEs sub-sector and this has undermined its contribution to economic growth and development. The key issues affecting the SMEs in the country can
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We pioneered production of consumer goods in sachets
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Duro Kuteyi is the Managing Director/CEO of Spectra Industry Nig. Ltd as well as the National president of Nigerian Association of Technology Incubation Entrepreneurs (NATIE) a business incubation platform for small businesses. In this interview with Daniel Adeleye, the graduate of Food Science and Technology from the then University of Ife speaks on his foray in business, the plights of SMEs, amongst other related issues. Excerpts: Tell us about your foray in businessWe started operation in 199
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Laundry experiences new leap with LG TwinWash
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Laundry time at home is usually perceived generally as stressful, especially when you do not have the kind of washing machine that would make your laundry experience well coordinated and less stressful. There are washing machines and there are washing machines; LG TwinWash comes with difference which is clearly seen as an ideal washing machine to handle all kinds of laundry issues at home.A loyal consumer of LG Electronics products, Mummy B, as she is fondly called, recently alluded to the fact
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Cost analysis of starting cowpea flour production
Sun, 07 Oct 2018
Cowpea (unguiculata), a common name for febaceae (leguminosae), is widely consumed in most Latin American, Asian and African countries. The crop is a source of proteins and calories for most countries. Cowpea is of considerable importance in Nigeria and in many Africa countries as a nutritious leguminous crop providing an alternative source to animal protein. Cowpea grain contains about 25% protein and 64% carbohydrate, thus it has a high potential to reduce malnutrition.Cowpea is an important s
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