Nigerian Newspaper: The Nation Headlines Today , Wednesday 24 October, 2018.

Nigerian Newspaper: The Nation Headlines Today , Wednesday 24 October, 2018.

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Youths to Obasanjo: Atiku should drop Obi or lose
Wed, 24 Oct 2018

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Atiku Abubakar got yesterday a complex challenge on his presidential bid —he should drop running mate Peter Obi or lose.

Some youths in the North visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo to table the knotty request.

The Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) advised the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to review the choice of Obi, if he hopes to earn the North’s support.

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The group, which prides itself as the apex body of 46 youth organisations in the North, threatened to mobilise its over six million members against the PDP and its presidential candidate, if Atiku failed to take its advice.

The national chairman of the group, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, who spoke on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, after a meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday night, claimed that the body had been instrumental to the electoral victories of successive presidents since 1999. It claimed to have played a major role in incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory and it also played a critical role in the reconciliation between Atiku and Obasanjo.

According to Afiyo, the group had equally intimated the former President of their position on Atiku’s running mate.

It was not immediately clear yesterday what Obasanjo, who has just ended a long feud with Atiku and endorsed him, told the youths.

He said the Obi’s choice was causing friction in the Southeast, which is largely responsible for the impending defection of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremandu, from the PDP.

He added that Obi is strongly viewed as anti-north and a major sponsor of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

According to him, over 70 percent of Emirs and other traditional rulers in the North will not support Atiku’s choice of running mate and maintained that PDP will fail to produce the next president, if the party eventually flies the Atiku/Obi ticket.

Afiyo advised PDP to pick Atiku’s running mate from Southsouth. He suggested that either Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike or his Bayelsa State counterpart, Seriake Dickson, should be considered.

Afiyo said: “Atiku is an experienced politician, and he knows what happened and as a northern Nigerian, he cannot ignore that group. I have spoken to almost all the Southeast governors and they told me that they remained in PDP because of their governorship elections and after their governorship elections, they will vote somewhere, not PDP.

“And for us to ignore the stakeholders, it is political suicidal, so we must agree with that fact. That was what we told Obasanjo yesterday, that as far as we want to Atiku to succeed, he has no alternative than to drop Peter Obi and with the contention between Peter Obi’s group and Ike Ekeremadu’s group, it is not political convenient again to pick a running mate from the Southeast.

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Nine die in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Nine persons were feared dead yesterday in an accident involving a Mercedes-Benz Marcopolo bus and an Iveco truck at Aseese area of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Clement Oladele, confirmed the figure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta, the state capital.Oladele said the accident was caused by speeding by the driver of the bus, marked (Lagos) SMK 867 XG.The sector commander said the bus lost control and collide
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N5b limit for presidential bid spending
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
SENATORS have re-jigged and passed the Electoral Amendment Bill rejected thrice by President Muhammadu Buhari.The bill was passed yesterday after a brief debate on the report of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which was submitted by Committee Chairman Senator Suleiman Nazif.The amendment pegs election expenses for a presidential candidate at N5 billion and N1 billion for a governorship candidate.A senatorial candidate cannot spend more than N250 mill
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Presidency: nothing to fear over Kanu
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
The Presidency has assured Nigerians that there is no reason to worry about the outburst by Nnamdi Kanu, the disputed leader of IPOB on returning to the country with hell.Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity gave the assurance in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.The presidential aide restated that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari was strong enough to defend its territory against any threat.He said: Instead, we see the re-enactment of his
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Ill campaign for Buhari, Sanwo-Olu, says Ambode
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Governor accompanies Buhari to SemeLagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has assured Nigerians, especially Lagosians, that he will lead a strong campaign to ensure victory for President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in next years general elections.Ambode made the promise when he addressed reporters at the Presidential Wing of the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, after receiving and accompanying President Bu
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NHIS crisis: Fed Govt, House to the rescue
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Council, students issue threatsThe crisis rocking the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is far from being over. The governing council that suspended the schemes executive secretary has threatened to quit if its decision is reversed. Students unions are also plan to storm the NIHS office today. But the Presidency and the House of Representatives are intervening, report VINCENT IKUOMOLA, VICTOR OLUWASEGUN, ABDULGAFAR ALABELEWE and YINKA ADENIRAN.For the Executive Secretary of the National H
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Court adjourns indefinitely suit on Imo APC governorship primary
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Court to await outcome of partys petition to CJHope of an early resolution of the dispute on the outcome of two parallel governorship primaries conducted by factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was dashed yesterday.Justice Othman Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Bwari, Abuja, adjourned the matter indefinitely.The judge, on October 17, merged both suits by Hope Uzodinma (a product of one of the primaries) and Uche Nwosu (who reportedly won the other prim
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Oshiomhole queries competence of suit seeking his probe for graft
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Court schedules hearing for Nov 19ALL Progressives Congress (APCs) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has queried the competence of a suit seeking his probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for corruption related conduct.Oshiomhole, who also questioned the plaintiffs right under the law, to seek to compel the EFCC to probe his tenure as Edo State Governor, urged the court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent.The plaintiff, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, said he, on October 28,
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Nigeria, Benin to work closely on joint border facility, says Buhari
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that Nigeria will work closely with the Republic of Benin to ensure the success of the newly inaugurated Seme-Krake joint border post between both countries.Speaking at the official handing over ceremony of the joint border post yesterday in Seme, Buhari described the project, which is aimed at enhancing the free movement of persons and goods in the region, as a symbol of integration that brings together the people of Nigeria and Benin.He said: Indeed, the
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Former Southeast federal lawmakers support Obis choice
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
FORMER members of the National Assembly from the Southeast geo-political zone have hailed the choice of former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi as the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Partys (PDP) presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.The former federal lawmakers said Obi is eminently qualified for the job.Some leaders from the region complained against Obis selection by Atiku, saying that they were not consulted before the decision taken.The former lawmakers however
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Oyo ADC: Torn apart by primary
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
The Oyo State African Democratic Congress (DC) is at war with itself over its controversial governorship primary. Correspondent OSEHEYE OKWUOFU reports that the post-primary crisis is capable of destroying the platform.The Oyo State African Democratic Congress (ADC) adopted consensus which produced Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin, its governorship flag bearer. But, it hit the rocks. The party is now battling with post-primary crisis.Few months ago, the ADC became the toast of the electorate, former Govern
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PDP will bounce back in Anambra, says chairman
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State. He spoke to reporters in Awka, the state capital, on preparations for next years general elections at the state and federal levels.NWANOSIKE ONU was there.THE PDP has not been able to regain power in Anambra State because of internal wrangling resulting from imposition of candidates. What your assessment of the primary’From the outset, when we started preparations for our party primary, we set out t
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Lagos APC women will mobilise for Sanwo-Olu
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
The Southwest Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Kemi Nelson, has said that women in the party will mobilise other women in Lagos State to vote for the governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in next years election.She urged the party women to educate other women on the need to get their permanent voters cards ready, ahead of the exercise.Nelson advised them to live by example by getting their cards ready before they start admonishing their targets to do the same.The
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Operation Crocodile Smile 3 flags off in C/River
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has flagged off the Nigerian Army operation crocodile smile III exercise in Bakassi local government area to check cases of kidnapping, militancy and armed robbery.Ayade, who performed the exercise on Tuesday, said it would also help to maintain peace and orderliness during the annual Calabar festival and the 2019 polls.According to him, the exercise will also reduce the proliferation of arms through the Cameroon border at Ikang in Bakassi.The governor add
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Sen. Shehu Sani dumps APC, joins PRP
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Sen. Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) on Tuesday joined Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), three days after he left the All Progressives Congress (APC).Sani made this known in a statement by his Special Adviser, Political and Ideology, Mr Suleiman Ahmed, in Abuja.He said that It has become impossible for the senator to continue to co-habit with reactionaries and their perfidious and inimical style of politics.Sen. Sani maintains the highest respect and honour for President Muhammadu Buhari. However, we
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FG arraigns businessman for illegal arms importation
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
The Federal Government on Tuesday arraigned a businessman, Ayogu James, for allegedly importing 1,570 pump action rifles without licence.He was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos.He allegedly committed the offence between September 6 and 20 last year and was arrested by men of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).Ayogu, who lives in Gwarimpa, Abuja, was charged along with his company, Great James Oil and Gas Limited, and Emeka Festus, said to be at large.The prosecution had on October 11, arr
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FG working on new population control policy
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Buhari will continue after 2019, says Zainab AhmedThe Federal Government is currently working on a new policy on population to determine how many children a woman will be allowed to have.This new policy initiative if operational, will help government check Nigerias ballooning population.Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed made this disclosure on Tuesday during a plenary session on Sustainable Economic Opportunities: Ending the Vicious Cycle at the 2018 Nigerian Economic Summit.She said govern
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Oshiomhole questions competence of suit seeking his probe for graft
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Court schedules hearing for Nov 19National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has queried the competence of a suit seeking his probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for corruption related conduct.Oshiomhole, who also questioned the plaintiffs right under the law, to seek to compel the EFCC to probe his tenure as Governor of Edo State, urged the court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent.The plaintiff, Bishop Osadolor Ochei said h
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2019: Gowon urges Buhari, Atiku, others to accept results in good faith
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
As the 2019 general election draws closer, a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon on Tuesday appealed to politicians across parties contesting key political offices to in the interest of National unity and cohesion accept the result of the forthcoming elections in good faith as the wishes of the people.Particularly, Gowon urged the leading presidential contestants on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the leading opposition par
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Carnival Calabar: State unveils theme, launches dry run
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has called on Africans to be united in other to help the continent win back her rightful position in the world.Speaking during the flag off the first dry run of the 2018 Carnival Calabar on Sunday, Ayade who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, said that this years celebration marks the 14th anniversary of the carnival.The governor disclosed that the theme of the 2018 Carnival is Africanism, described the carnival as the largest street party in
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Fuoya offers KSA teaching appointment
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Tahe Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has offered juju music legend, King Sunny Ade (KSA), a teaching appointment.The Head of Department, Dr. Adeseye Bifatife, disclosed this at a news conference to herald the 30th National Conference of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA).Bifatife disclosed that KSA is one of the entertainment icons invited to the SONTA annual conference to be hosted by FUOYE.The general theme for the three-day conference is
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No Shade: Clare Anyiam-Osigwe gets UK cinema nod for directorial debut
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Nigerian-British entrepreneur, Clare Anyiam-Osigwe has made another mark as the 6th Black British female director in history to have a feature film released in UK cinemas with her debut feature, No Shade.Scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2018, the highly anticipated release of No Shade follows a successful premiere in Cannes, Washington and London where it opened this years British Urban Film Festival (BUFF).Written & directed by Anyiam-Osigwe, the award-winning dermatologist puts colourism
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Rights violation: Court asks police to pay Charly Boy N50m
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, Abuja to pay musician, Charles Oputa (Charly Boy) N50million for violating his rights.Justice John Tsoho, in a judgment on Monday, also ordered the respondents to tender public apology to the applicant, which should be published in two national newspapers.The judgement was on a fundamental rights enforcement suit by Oputa, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/343/2018, filed on March
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Osinbajo visits New Afrika Shrine
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo was at Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapos shrine on Sunday, October 21n 2018, as a way of identifying with Felabration, an annual fiesta in celebration of the ideals of the late musician and political activist.Speaking at the event, Osinbajo, who described Fela as one of Africas most important public intellectuals, voiced one of the popular expressions of the later to the excitement of all.Arararara! he chanted, saying, We are here to celebrate one of Africas mos
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No Shade: Clare Anyiam-Osigwe gets UK cinema nod for directorial debut
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Nigerian-British entrepreneur, Clare Anyiam-Osigwe has made another mark as the 6th Black British female director in history to have a feature film released in UK cinemas with her debut feature,No Shade.Scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2018, the highly anticipated release of No Shade follows a successful premiere in Cannes, Washington and London where it opened this years British Urban Film Festival (BUFF).Written & directed by Anyiam-Osigwe, the award-winning dermatologist puts colourism a
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$18b: MTN seeks fair deal
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Telecoms firm MTN is holding talks with Nigerian officials to find a mutually acceptable solution to the dispute over the alleged transfer of $8.1 billion, the firm said yesterday in a statement from Johannesburg.It said further announcement on the issue would be made in due course, advising shareholders to continue to exercise caution when dealing in the companys securities until a further announcement is made.MTN and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are in a dispute over the transfer of $8.1
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PEARL Awards seeks stable market
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
PEARL Awards Nigeria has called for concerted efforts by stakeholders to engender a stable, sustainable and growing capital market.President, PEARL Awards Nigeria, Mr Tayo Orekoya, at a news briefing in Lagos, said market stakeholders including operators, regulators and government must continue to strive towards market stability, sustainability and growth.He noted that the Nigerian capital market has recently been undergoing a most harrowing experience, with sustained losses in share values, res
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PZ Wilmar to grow Nigerias economy
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Food industry firm, PZ Wilmar, has stated its commitment to grow the Nigerian market and contribute to the growth of the economy.Its Category Marketing Manager, Chioma Mbanugo, said the firm will continue to provide Nigerians with healthy and tasty cooking options at affordable prices.Speaking during the unveiling of the firms new seasoning products under its existing brands, Mamador and Devon Kings in Ibadan, Oyo State capital at the weekend, she said good food enhances a healthy living which i
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Building capacities of artisans, tradesmen
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Artisans and tradesmen are some of the largest employment generators in Lagos. The state is retraining them to meet the challenge of a growing economy, DANIEL ESSIETreports.SOME tradesmen and artisans metal fitters and machinists, carpenters, motor mechanics, plumbers and others are in high demand. But there is a shortage of qualified tradies as they are called. They are a vital arm of the economy, especially the construction industry.To provide a qualified and trained workforce for its econom
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SEC warns against online retail forex trading
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned investors of the potential danger in retail online foreign exchange (forex) trading.In a circular, SEC noted the increase in advertisements in electronic and other media asking investors to engage in leveraged online retail forex trading.The public is hereby advised that online retail forex trading is currently unregulated and consequently may be subject to abuse. Until a framework for regulation of online retail forex trading is developed by t
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Meristem Securities wins NSE award
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Meristem Securities Limited has emerged the winner of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) maiden Bull Award.The NSE Bull Award is reserved for any stockbrokage firm that leads in the ideas and ideals of transparency in the capital market, technology compliance and convergence, steady growth trajectory, excellent track record to mention just a few.Announcing the award at a forum organised by the NSE in Lagos, Acting Head, Trading Business Division, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oluwafemi Onifade s
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NSE lifts suspension on Thomas Wyatt, Union Dicon Salt
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has lifted suspension on trading in the shares of Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc and Union Dicon Salt Plc, after the two companies submitted their relevant financial statements.The NSE had earlier this month suspended trading on shares of six companies for failing to adhere to best corporate governance and extant post-listing requirements that require quoted companies to submit their periodic financial statements and reports within stipulated timelines.The suspended c
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UBA honours four retired directors
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc at the weekend honoured four retiring directors while restating its commitment to ensuring strong corporate governance across the group.The four directors who had collectively served the bank for over 40 years, were celebrated for their remarkable contributions to the group over the years.The retired non-executive directors Mrs Rose Okwechime, Ambassador Kunle Olumide, Alhaji Jaafaru Paki and Mr. Yahaya Zekeri were treated to a cocktail and dinner party attende
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Nigerias beauty products market worth N500b
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Nigerian-based consultancy firm, Compass Global Services CEO Tokunbo Chiedu yesterday said Nigeria is sub-Saharan Africas hub for beauty products, with market value estimated at N500 billion annually.Speaking at a media parley held at the companys headquarters in Lagos, ahead of the Annual Beauty West Africa Exhibition and Conference scheduled to hold in Lagos between November 21 and 23, she said the potential of Nigerias beauty economy was huge.Chiedu said this was so considering the countrys a
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Small businesses report successes
Wed, 24 Oct 2018
Despite the situation, small and medium-sized businesses are doing well and creating jobs.They offer hundreds of products and services at competitive prices to Nigerians.Survey conducted by The Nation revealed that startups are achieving successes.Most of the entrepreneurs interviewed expressed optimism on SMEs driving growth and job creation.They are taking advantage of the business-friendly environment and collaboration and can-do attitude provided byLagos State government to set up businesses
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