Nigerian Newspapers: Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines [19 October, 2018].

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Amosun, Sani, Others Lose Out as APC Submits Candidates’ List to INEC
Fri, 19 Oct 2018

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) thursday made good its resolve not to extend the deadline for the submission of political parties’ lists of candidates for the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for the first quarter of next year as it ended the exercise last night.

The International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja, which the electoral body used as the collection centre was full of activities as political parties’ officials made frantic efforts to beat the deadline.

THISDAY gathered at press time that 84 parties had submitted their lists.

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For the All Progressives Congress (APC) that was plagued by large scale disputes following its primaries, it was judgement day for the protesters as the party decided on whom to allot its tickets.

The party, said the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Isa-Onilu, fielded candidates for all the states, including Zamfara, which INEC had said would not be allowed to present candidates because its primaries were not conducted within the stipulated time by the electoral body.

“We submitted applications for all the positions in all the states, including Zamfara,” he told THISDAY on phone last night, adding, that he could not give details of the list for the state.

Many heavyweights fell by the way side as their wishes were not met.

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was met half way by the party as he got his senatorial ticket while his preferred governorship candidate, Mr. Adekunle Akinlade, lost out to Chief Dapo Abiodun. The party’s appeals committee threw out Akinlade’s petition against Abiodun’s nomination.

In Plateau State, former deputy governor of the state, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, who was also a former minister, lost her bid to pick up a senatorial ticket.

In Kaduna State, although the appeals committee upheld the nomination of Senator Shehu Sani as saved by the National Working Committee (NWC), THISDAY sources said his name was eventually not on the list submitted to INEC by the party.

The appeal panel also dismissed the petition written against the emergence of Mr. Tonye Cole as the APC’s gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State.

This meant that Senator Magnus Abe would have to wait a bit to realise his ambition to govern the state.

THISDAY also gathered from a source that was privy to the decisions reached by appeals panel, which submitted its report to the NWC on Monday, that it upheld the candidacy of Mr. Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha.

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Flooding: FG Has Abandoned Bayelsa, Dickson Alleges
Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, yesterday said that the state government had not received any financial assistance from the federal government to alleviate the plight of persons affected by the ravaging flood in the state.

The governor said in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei that at least 70 per cent of people living in the state were affected by the menace.

He acknowledged that he had only received between 300 to 400 bags of rice as intervention from the federal government.

Stating that assets worth billions worth billions of naira had be destroyed, he recalled that the state, which was the most affected by the incident of flooding did not get any help from the federal government even during the serious flooding in 2012.

He said that the Bayelsa State Government had spend about N500 million on the upkeep of those displaced by the flood, stressing that the state government was currently struggling with the responsibility of maintaining those internally displaced persons by the flood and ensuring their return to their homes.

“Other than receiving about 400 bags of rice for thousands of displaced people, I cannot point at any concrete help the Federal Government has rendered.

“No cash support, not even in 2012 did the state government receive any monies from the Federal Government. I know that we raised some money on our own and some agencies and philanthropic individuals and companies came to our rescue,” he said.

The governor said the Bayelsa State Government had already spent over N500 million to manage the large number of persons displaced by the flood.

“And I want to use this opportunity also to call on public-spirited individuals and organisations, partners and donor agencies to please come to the aid of the people of my state. People in the state are terribly displaced and are living in very terrible conditions. How many IDP camps can we build?

“We are trying our best to help them manage a very bad situation. We’ve got two issues to deal with – taking care and ensuring that the IDPs are managed for as long as the flooding situation lasts, and also the challenge of helping them to return to their homes in order to be resettled to continue with their lives after the flood.

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Ezekwesili’s Presidential Bid a Game Changer, Says Sonaiya
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Former KOWA Party (KP) presidential candidate, Oluremi Sonaiya has thrown her support behind the #Hope2019 Campaign of Obiageli Ezekwesili. According to Sonaiya, Ezekwesili’s foray into politics is one of the best things that has happened to Nigeria owing to her pedigree. ‘When a person like Oby throws in her hat into this whole contest, for []The post Ezekwesili’s Presidential Bid a Game Changer, Says Sonaiya appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Crisis in Ekiti NLC over ‘Dissolution’ of Exco by Aggrieved Members
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The pronouncement by some members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Ekiti State that the Ade Adesanmi ‘led State Executive of the union has been dissolved has sparked serious crisis in the state chapter of the trade union. The present efforts by these aggrieved members, led by Adesanmi’s predecessor, []The post Crisis in Ekiti NLC over ‘Dissolution’ of Exco by Aggrieved Members appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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CPJ Condemns Killing of Leman Hauwa, Berates FG for Poor Response
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Deborah Orji A group, Catalyst for Global Peace and Social Justice (CPJ) has condemned the killing of Miss Hauwa Leman, one of the health workers under the programme of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, affiliated to the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA). CPJ said []The post CPJ Condemns Killing of Leman Hauwa, Berates FG for Poor Response appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Atiku Disowns Online Grant Scheme
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has denied the purported disbursement of grants to unsuspecting Nigerians by his campaign organisation. He therefore urged the public to discountenance communication and refrain from participating in any online scheme that is aimed at defrauding innocent Nigerians, with the []The post Atiku Disowns Online Grant Scheme appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Experts Call on Educational Institutions to Embrace Online Learning
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Charles Ajunwa in Toronto, Canada Experts have implored educational institutions to embrace online learning, noting that emerging technology is having a major impact on education worldwide. According to the experts, attention has been paid to integrated learning platforms in the past decade, which they claimed the concepts are more economical and efficient than human instructors []The post Experts Call on Educational Institutions to Embrace Online Learning appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Hope Rising for Former Nigeria Airways Workers
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Chinedu Eze writes on move by the federal government to settle the entitlements of former workers of the defunct national carrier, Nigeria Airways Uncertainty, anger and pain have remained the lot of former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) who lost their jobs in 2003 when the federal government stopped the operations of []The post Hope Rising for Former Nigeria Airways Workers appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Activist Lori-Ogbebor Charges Electorate to Vote Wisely in 2019
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Sunday Okobi Lagos businesswoman and fiery rights activist, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, has charged Nigerians to depart from the old order by voting the right people into office in the 2019 general election. The prominent hotelier while ddressing a press conference in Lagos, alleged that most of the candidates standing for the forthcoming election were sponsored []The post Activist Lori-Ogbebor Charges Electorate to Vote Wisely in 2019 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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As NIMASA Moves to End Cabotage Waivers
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Eromosele Abiodun posits that the move by the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to end cabotage waivers is a welcome development On May 9, 2003, former president Olusegun Obasanjo signed the cabotage bill into law. To stakeholders in the maritime industry, that was one of the best decisions taken by the []The post As NIMASA Moves to End Cabotage Waivers appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Assessing MMA2, Aviation Unions’ Tussle
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Chinedu Eze writes about the recent picketing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport domestic terminal in Lagos by aviation unions and the huge loss incurred by airlines and other businesses. Operators have continued to count their losses estimated to be over N500 million, after a recent siege laid on the first privately-funded terminal in Nigeria, the []The post Assessing MMA2, Aviation Unions’ Tussle appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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