Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Guardian Newspaper Headlines [12 October, 2018].

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Obasanjo makes U-turn, says Atiku better than Buhari
Fri, 12 Oct 2018

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday made a surprising reversal of his stance by endorsing the political ambition of his former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. Following several allegations he made suggesting the aspirant is corrupt and selfish, Obasanjo struck a climax when he swore: “With what I know about Atiku, if I had put Atiku forward, God will not have forgiven me.”

But he buried the hatchet when the presidential standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid him a visit alongside eminent Nigerians and opposition party chieftains.Thus the former president continued the tradition of anointing yet another seeker of the highest office, a ritual he successfully performed for the late Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and Goodluck Jonathan.

“Let me start by congratulating president-to-be, Atiku Abubakar,” Obasanjo began, before opening the lid on his long-held grievances. “In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former vice president has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the party, the government and the country,” he said.

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Obasanjo said he had maintained his vexatious stance “based on the character and attributes” Atiku exhibited, stressing: “I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.”He said however that “from what transpired in the last couple of hours”, Atiku had shown “remorse” and “asked for forgiveness”. He had also indicated that he learned “some good lessons” and would “mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.”

He therefore said: “Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on a daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended fences with the party and fully reconciled with the party. That’s why today, you are the presidential candidate of the party.”

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In the beginning, Atiku was to succeed Obasanjo
Fri, 12 Oct 2018

I am happy to welcome the distinguished leaders of goodwill who have led the PDP Presidential Candidate and my former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to my humble abode and I welcome the Presidential candidate himself.
Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.

I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

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Obasanjo, Buhari and Atiku: The game begins
Fri, 12 Oct 2018

I am intrigued by the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of PDP. Let me tell you why.Atiku and President Muhammadu Buhari and Obasanjo have had some interesting relationships. Either of them should count on Obasanjo’s support to realise his presidential ambition next year. But the word that now defines each man’s relationship with the former president is rocky. All three are sworn political enemies. I can see that neither man has paid the traditional homage to Obasanjo to ask for his blessing. An indication, I suppose, that both men believe they don’t need the former president in their respective corners.
The emergence of Buhari and Atiku as presidential candidates of their respective political parties without Obasanjo’s support or endorsement may possibly redefine the architecture of our political power. This is the first time since 2007 that Obasanjo would be denied the self-assumed right to choose or endorse a presidential candidate with oracular pronouncements. What this portends is that the hands of the general are slipping away from the levers of political power. It is more momentous than you might care to believe.

In politics friends turn into enemies and enemies turn into friends. It is the nature of the game in the game of all games. In 2014, Obasanjo was all for Buhari against the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, the presidential candidate of his own party, PDP, on whose platform he ruled the country for eight years and went on to pair up his immediate successor, the late President Umaru Yar’Adua with Jonathan as his vice-president. He later endorsed Jonathan for president in 2011. But by 2014, Jonathan had become his political godson in whom he was not at all pleased. To distance himself from Jonathan and and the PDP, he not only resigned from the party but also made a show of it by publicly tearing his party membership card. Buhari became his man. I thought he could count on Obasanjo again for his re-election bid next year. Not so. Obasanjo has since turned against Buhari. For love of Nigeria, or course.

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NLC, TUC threaten fresh strike over minimum wage
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (NUC) have threatened fresh industrial action over the lingering issue of a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
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Siyavula, 9mobile launch aspire maths portal
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Siyavula, online education platform, is set to delight young scholars in mathematics with the launch of a new e-learning service called Aspire Maths.
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Stakeholders urge school girls, women to break barriers to gender equality
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Stakeholders have urged girls and women to continually seek knowledge by reading widely to break barriers that relegate them to the background in the society.
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Nation needs $1tr to modernise energy infrastructure, says Osinbajo
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria needs a $1 trillion investment to modernise its energy infrastructure.Speaking at the opening of the National Energy and Climate Change Summit yesterday in Abuja….
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Real Madrid sue newspaper over Ronaldo rape allegations
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Real Madrid yesterday said they are taking legal action against Correio da Manha after the newspaper in Portugal published a story alleging that the Spanish Primera Division club obligated Cristiano Ronaldo to pay off Kathryn Mayorga…
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Man nabbed for allegedly raping 14-year-old mother
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
The police in Ekeki police division in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has apprehended a middle-aged man, simply identified as Ifeanyi for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl at a popular hotel in the area.
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Inventors to unveil ‘made-in-Nigeria’ car
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
An auto-dealing company, Interstreet Messenger Limited, in partnership with IVIXI Design is set to produce a ‘made in Nigeria’ car that would provide lasting solutions to persistent transportation and social problems affecting Nigerians.
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HarvestPlus canvasses concerted efforts against malnutrition
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
HarvestPlus Nigeria has called on the government, private organisations and individuals to intensify efforts to reduce or eliminate hunger, malnutrition and associated deaths.
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