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INEC Budget: Confusion As Senate, Reps Pass Different Figures
Wed, 17 Oct 2018

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There were discrepancies in the budget for the 2019 general election passed by the National Assembly yesterday as the Senate and the House of Representatives approved what appeared to be different figures for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the five security agencies involved in the polls. The upper chamber approved the sum of N242 billion (N242,245,050,100) for INEC and the five security agencies, while the lower chamber approved a total of N831.259 billion (N831,259,220,255.00) for INEC and the security agencies. The discrepancies amounted to about N600 billion in what was approved by the two chambers of the National Assembly. A close look at what was passed by the two chambers showed that the variance hinged basically on the procedures and method of presentation of the approved budgets by the two chambers. Details of the N831.259 billion by the House indicate that N589.014 billion is money already appropriated for the commission and agencies in the 2018 budget, while N242.245 billion was the virement requested by President Muhammadu Buhari. The security agencies included in the election budget are the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

President Muhammadu Buhari had presented a supplementary budget to the National Assembly on July 18 in which he sought the approval of the lawmakers to fund the 2019 polls. The president, in his letter to the National Assembly, titled, “Request for Virement and Supplementary 2018 Budget,” specifically asked the legislature to reallocate part of the N578 billion voted to the projects inserted into the 2018 Appropriation Act by the lawmakers to fund the elections and critical infrastructure. Moving the motion, the chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Malam Mustapha Dawaki, recalled that a communication from President Buhari for virement in the Appropriation Act, 2018 was read at plenary. He said, “The House notes that the request was in respect of virement of funds to finance INEC and security agencies toward the preparation for the 2019 General Elections for which no provisions were made in the 2018 Appropriation Act. “The House is aware that the virement has become necessary in order to appropriate funds to enable the relevant agencies to commence preparation toward a free and fair election in 2019; “The House also notes that the total amount of virement being proposed for the INEC and other security agencies is N831,259,220,255.00”. Giving the breakdown, Dawaki said INEC is to get N234,507, 272,393.00; Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), N46,948,839,426.00 and Department of State Security Service (DSS) to get N50,791,852,568.00. He added that Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is to get N82,834,042,256.00; Nigeria Police Force (NPF), N351,562,210,645.00 and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is to get N64,615,002,968.00.

Dawaki said the grand total of the money for approval was N831,259,220,255.00. The motion received a mass approval when the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, put the matter to a voice vote.
On its part, the Senate approved the sum of N53.2billion as allocation for relevant security agencies in addition to the N189billion it approved for INEC for the conduct of the 2019 general election.
The Nigeria Police Force, in its original proposal forwarded to the National Assembly by President Buhari through a letter in July sought N30billion for the polls, but the Red Chamber approved N27.341billion, even as it also reduced the N12,213,282,455.00billion proposed for DSS to N10.213billion. The N5billion deducted from the budgetary estimates of the Police and DSS were however added to the

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Zamfara Primaries: Court Orders APC, INEC To Maintain Status Quo
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
A State High Court in Gusau, Zamfara State, has ordered the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stay further action on the contentious subject of party primaries in the state. An aggrieved member of the APC, Sanusi Dan Alhaji, an aspirant for the Gusau State Assembly constituency, had []The post Zamfara Primaries: Court Orders APC, INEC To Maintain Status Quo appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Fayemi Assumes Office In Ekiti As EFCC Detains Fayose
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Dr Kayode Fayemi yesterday assumed office as the new governor of Ekiti State. This is just as his predecessor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, was yesterday grilled and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following allegations of fraud and other financial crimes levelled against him. Fayose, who arrived at the Abuja head office of []The post Fayemi Assumes Office In Ekiti As EFCC Detains Fayose appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Issues That Will Swing Votes In 2019 Issues That Will Swing Votes In 2019
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The season of campaigns is already here and politicians all over the country are putting their best foot forward as they run form pillar to post to garner support from Nigerians. It is also a season of mudslinging, blackmail and release of acerbic statements from all the major candidates and their parties. Last week, governors []The post Issues That Will Swing Votes In 2019 Issues That Will Swing Votes In 2019 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Police Probe Attempt To Assassinate NDDC Boss
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
A five-man investigating team ordered by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, have arrived Akwa Ibom State, to unravel the recent attack on the residence of the managing director (MD) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere, it was learnt, yesterday. The team, classified as X-Squad, LEADERSHIP gathered, is []The post Police Probe Attempt To Assassinate NDDC Boss appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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2019: Ex-militants Vow To Ensure PMB’s Victory
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Ex-militants under the platform of Coalition of Progressive Niger Delta Ex-militants (CPNDE) have pledged their support for the reelection of President Muhammadu in 2019, saying it is a decision already sealed. The group rose from an emergency meeting in Lagos, yesterday, with a resolve to work assiduously for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in []The post 2019: Ex-militants Vow To Ensure PMB’s Victory appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Obaseki, Ogie Mobilise For Alaghodaro Summit
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie have kicked off the mobilisation of the key stakeholders for the 2018 edition of the Alaghodaro Summit. Special adviser to the governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said that this year’s special focus on people reinforces the commitment []The post Obaseki, Ogie Mobilise For Alaghodaro Summit appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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NSCDC Foils Vandalism Of Pipeline, Impounds Truck In Kaduna
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Determined to end incidences of vandalism in the country, operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna State command, have foiled a criminal attempt by vandals to burst crude oil pipelines located at Juji, Chikun local government area of the state. According to the state commandant, Alhaji Modu Bunu while taking newsmen []The post NSCDC Foils Vandalism Of Pipeline, Impounds Truck In Kaduna appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Shema: Court Adjourns N11bn Fraud Case To Nov 12
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema and three others standing trial in a Katsina State High Court over alleged N11 billion fraud yesterday urged the court to reject the bundles of documents from no fewer than five banks which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeks to tender as exhibit. The statements of []The post Shema: Court Adjourns N11bn Fraud Case To Nov 12 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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EFCC Names New Head Of Operation For Gombe Zone
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The Gombe operational zone of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has received a new zonal head , Mr Friday Ebelo, deputy chief detective superintendent (DCDS). The new head of the zone took over the Gombe Office from an assistant commissioner of Police, ASP Johnson Babalola, who has just been transferred to the headquarters []The post EFCC Names New Head Of Operation For Gombe Zone appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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3 Movies Screened At 2018 Korean Film Festival
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The just concluded Korean film festival 2018 was packed with fun and excitement as lovers and patrons of Korean ulture, Movie and Cuisine were on hand to celebrate its 2018 edition. Held at the popular Silverbird Galleria, the cinemas were filled to the brim as people from all walks of life came in their numbers []The post 3 Movies Screened At 2018 Korean Film Festival appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Mercy Johnson, Others Harps On Education For The Girl Child
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
As part of the global celebration of International Day of the Girl Child, a day declared back in 2012 by the United Nations (UN) to annually observe and create awareness of troubling issues and topics facing girls as it concerns education, equality, development plans, child marriage, access to services regarding puberty and sexual health and []The post Mercy Johnson, Others Harps On Education For The Girl Child appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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New Sensation, Precious Candy Out With ‘Limelight and ‘Hustle
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
New artiste, PreciousCandy has dropped two new singles titled Limelight and Hustle. This is coming some months after the vocalist with real name Chinememma Okechukwu Precious made an entry into the music industry. With a music thathas a blend of R&B, Hiphop and other contemporary African pop music genre that leaves her in the driving []The post New Sensation, Precious Candy Out With Limelight and Hustle appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Delta Airlines Makes Net Income Of $1.3bn
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Delta Air Lines has reported financial results for the September quarter 2018 with GAAP pre-tax income of $1.7 billion, net income of $1.3 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.91 on record revenue of $12.0 billion. Returning $566 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases, the airline also indicated September quarter 2018 adjusted []The post Delta Airlines Makes Net Income Of $1.3bn appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Board Lauds Dangote Refinery On Local Content
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has applauded the management of Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Free Trade Zone Enterprises (DPRP) over its adherence to the local content law in the execution of its projects. NCDMB therefore declared its intention to further partner with DPRP for effective implementation of the Local Content policy in []The post Board Lauds Dangote Refinery On Local Content appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Diamond Bank Launches Visa Signature Debit Card
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Diamond Bank Plc has launched Visa Signature Debit Card, which is designed specifically for affluent clients. The bank in a statement issued at the weekend, said the product is a unique naira debit card designed to provide customers exceptional spending power and exclusive privileges. According to Diamond Bank, the new debit card gives affluent customers []The post Diamond Bank Launches Visa Signature Debit Card appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Conoil’s Net Profit Grows By 17% In Q3
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Conoil Plc has said that its profit after tax grew by 16.9 per cent in its third quarter results for the period ended September 30, 2018. The company also set a new record, by becoming one of the earliest filers to submit its third quarter result on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), It would be []The post Conoil’s Net Profit Grows By 17% In Q3 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Oil Prices Rising Ahead Of Iran Sanctions
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Oil prices rose slightly yesterday on signs of falling Iran oil exports ahead of U.S. sanctions against Tehran in November, while geopolitical tensions remain over a missing Saudi journalist. International benchmark Brent crude for December delivery rose 9 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $80.87 per barrel, while the U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for November []The post Oil Prices Rising Ahead Of Iran Sanctions appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Niger Delta: Lawmaker Extols Chevron’s GMoU Strategy
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Gas Resources, Hon. Fred Agbedi has applauded the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU), the Community engagement strategy adopted by the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture as a panacea for peace in the Niger Delta region. Hon Agbedi gave the indication on Monday during a panel session at the 2018 Nigerian []The post Niger Delta: Lawmaker Extols Chevron’s GMoU Strategy appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Dangote Cement Gains, 15 Others Rebound Stocks Market By N113bn
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Renewed buying interest in Dangote Cement and 15 other stocks drove the positive performance of the Nigerian equities market, yesterday. As a result, the benchmark index gained 309.18 absolute points, representing a growth of 0.95 per cent to close at 32,722.18 points. Similarly, market capitalisation rose by N113 billion to close at N11.946 trillion. The []The post Dangote Cement Gains, 15 Others Rebound Stocks Market By N113bn appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Again, NUPENG Decries Casualisation, Outsourcing
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The president of National Union of Petroleum Natural Gas (NUPENG) Comr. Williams Akporeha has called on Nigerians to support the union in fighting against oil companies management’s plan to see to the extinction of the body. Speaking in Lagos yesterday to announce plans for the association’s 40th anniversary celebration coming up soon, Akporeha said calling []The post Again, NUPENG Decries Casualisation, Outsourcing appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Terminal Operators Accuse Customs Of Shortchange In Container Auction
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN) have accused the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) of denying them the 25% statutory charge of the value of auctioned containers. The operators lamented that for several years, the Nigerian Customs Service has failed to keep to the agreement, which mandated it to pay a 25% charge from the value []The post Terminal Operators Accuse Customs Of Shortchange In Container Auction appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Appraising Dry Construction Method For Increased Housing Delivery
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
In this report, CHIKA OKEKE examines the issues bordering on dry construction method and the likely chances to expedite housing supply in the country. Access to liveable, safe and secured shelter is a fundamental human right as enshrined in the Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human []The post Appraising Dry Construction Method For Increased Housing Delivery appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Transcorp Appoints New Management Team
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), has announced new appointments into its board and executive management. The company in a statement Tuesday said Valentine Ozigbo, has been appointed as its President/CEO with effect from January 1, 2019. He will succeed Adim Jibunoh, who is retiring on December 31. The statement said Mr Ozigbo, currently the []The post Transcorp Appoints New Management Team appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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PMB, Dangote, Baru To Attend PENGASSAN’s 40th Anniversary
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) said it has concluded arrangements to celebrate its 40th anniversary in Abuja on Thursday with President Muhammadu Buhari as the special guest of honour. The event which is billed to take place at the Transcorp Hotel will equally be attended by Africa’s richest man []The post PMB, Dangote, Baru To Attend PENGASSAN’s 40th Anniversary appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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UBA Shows Resilience As Gross Earnings, Profit Hit N375bn, N79bn
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
United Bank for Africa Plc, has announced its unaudited 2018 third quarter financial results, with impressive growth in Gross Earnings, which berthed at N374.8 billion, an 12.3 percent increase when compared to N333.9 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017. According to the report filed to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday, UBA’s net []The post UBA Shows Resilience As Gross Earnings, Profit Hit N375bn, N79bn appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Ne
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Apapa Gridlock: NPA, Navy To Address Hiccups In Trucks Call Up System
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) has said that the Authority would in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy set up a committee to address the problem of call up system for trucks. Apart from placing adverts for approved trailer parks, contribution of N1. 829 billion to the rehabilitation of the Wharf road and introduction of barging []The post Apapa Gridlock: NPA, Navy To Address Hiccups In Trucks Call Up System appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Dangote Canvasses For Intra-Africa Trade, Economic Cooperation
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
To achieve transformative progress in the continent, Foremost African businessman, Aliko Dangote is already canvassing for a robust intra-Africa trade and economic cooperation. Dangotes’s burning desire for an economic integration conforms to the general assumption that, for Africa to achieve transformative progress, solutions must come from African sources. Intra-Africa trade is the trade in goods []The post Dangote Canvasses For Intra-Africa Trade, Economic Cooperation appeared first on L
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FG Decries Incessant Attacks On Maritime Industry
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The federal government has raised the alarm that the nation’s maritime industry has come under siege from criminal elements who perpetuate various crimes on Nigeria’s territorial waters. Statistics has shown that the maritime component of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry is worth an estimated $8 billion alongside seaborne transportation, oceanic extractive resource exploitation and export []The post FG Decries Incessant Attacks On Maritime Industry appeared first on Leadership Newsp
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Inflation Rate Hits 11.28% On Increasing Food Prices
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
For the second consecutive month, the rate at which prices of goods and services in Nigeria rise is high as inflation climbed slightly to 11.28 percent in September moving further away from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) single digit inflation target. Inflation figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday showed that []The post Inflation Rate Hits 11.28% On Increasing Food Prices appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Chukwuma Gives Team Nigeria First Youth Olympics Gold Medal
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Rosemary Chukwuma has given Team Nigeria their first gold medal at the ongoing 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina as she returned 11.17 seconds in the women’s 100m final event, yesterday. Julien Alfred from Santa Lucia took silver, while Gabriela Anahi Suarez from Ecuador got bronze. The Commonwealth bronze medalist is the most []The post Chukwuma Gives Team Nigeria First Youth Olympics Gold Medal appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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AFCON Qualifiers: Nigeria Beat Libya 3-2 To Top Group E
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Super Eagles bid to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon received another massive boost with 3-2 defeat of Mediterranean Knights of Libya in Sfax, Tunisia, yesterday. The victory catapulted the three times African champions to top position in Group E following South Africa scoreless draw with Seychelles in the second []The post AFCON Qualifiers: Nigeria Beat Libya 3-2 To Top Group E appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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FIBA 33: We Can’t Afford To Fail Again ‘ Akashili
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The African title for women eluded Nigeria at the inaugural FIBA 33 Africa Cup in 2017 after reaching the final in a game that saw them lose to a more organized Mali women’s team. The second edition of the continental championship promises to be more exciting as one of the best three players in the []The post FIBA 33: We Can’t Afford To Fail Again ‘ Akashili appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Destiny Beckons On Ashiru
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
In 2014, destiny played a game of ketch-up with Alhaji Isah Ashiru when then presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari raised the hand of (then) APC gubernatorial candidate Mallam Nasir el-Rufai to signify that he had anointed his beloved to contest the governorship of Kaduna State. Guided by destiny, Alhaji Ashiru accepted his fate; but most party []The post Destiny Beckons On Ashiru appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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NOGASA: Redefining Petroleum Products Marketing In Nigeria
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
In what can best be described as an act of putting its house in order, key players in the downstream sector of the nation’s petroleum industry emerged last week under the aegis of Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA). FESTUS OKOROMADU writes on the potentials of the new association to sanitise the []The post NOGASA: Redefining Petroleum Products Marketing In Nigeria appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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2019: Echoes From PDP Port Harcourt Convention
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
On Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2018, close to 4,000 delegates as well as supporters and leaders of the leading opposition political party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gathered at the Adokiye Amesiamaka Sports Complex, Igwurita-Ali, Port Harcourt, for the partys 2018 special national convention. Addressing the delegates before the commencement []The post 2019: Echoes From PDP Port Harcourt Convention appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network
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In NHIS, Corruption Fights Back Even Harder
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
The Executive Secretary (ES) of the NHIS Professor Usman Yusuf’s effort to sanitise and rid the NHIS of corruption is being sabotaged and resisted every step of the way by agents of the corrupt, both within and outside the scheme. When the scheme was created about 13 years ago, it was expected to provide affordable []The post In NHIS, Corruption Fights Back Even Harder appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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2019: Kaduna Senatorial Zones Face Tough Battles
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Recently, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)mconducted senatorial primaries in the three Kaduna state senatorial zones and picked their candidates to contest the 2019 general elections. Our correspondent, AZA MSUE, reports that the three zones will face the toughest political battles since the return of democracy in 1999 []The post 2019: Kaduna Senatorial Zones Face Tough Battles appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News N
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Will Candidates’ Antecedents Count At Polls
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
In this report, AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH takes a look at the antecedents of the two major presidential flag bearers, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stating that the prevailing conditions rather than candidates’ backgrounds will determine choices of Nigerians in 2019 presidential []The post Will Candidates Antecedents Count At Polls’ appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Netw
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