Thisday Newspaper Today, Wednesday 14th November 2018

Thisday Newspaper Today, Wednesday 14th November 2018

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Oshiomhole: Amosun, Okorocha Are Loyal Party Men, Will Support APC Candidates
Wed, 14 Nov 2018


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday tried to quench the raging fire in the ruling party, using kind words to describe its estranged governors, who had been up in arms against him, since the party’s recent primaries.

Four governors, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Chief Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State) and Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara State), had been engaged in a public spat with Oshiomhole, accusing him of scuttling the chances of their preferred candidates in the recently concluded primaries.

But speaking on Arise TV, a sister broadcast station of THISDAY, Oshiomhole held out an olive branch, seeking peace by describing the governors as good party men, who would support the party and its candidates in their respective states despite their grievances.

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“They are angry now,” he told his hosts on the ‘Morning Show’ programme of the station, adding, “I believe in a short while they will turn around and support the party.”
Specifically, he ruled out the possibility of any of them working against the party in spite of their rage.

Oshiomhole said, “I believe Governor Amosun is my friend and I believe people are entitled to feel disappointed if things don’t work out the way they want. I think usually like any leader, he will recognise the greater interest of the party, I know he is a loyal party man; I can’t see him voting with his feet. As a statesman, who has contributed to the growth and development of Ogun State, he will want to ensure that his party continues to govern the state and play the role of a statesman; I have no fear at all because this thing called choice is a relative question.

“Whatever we have as internal issues in APC they do not in fact undermine that Amosun, has more things to show as governor of that state and for which I am very proud of as chairman of the party. I hope he can overcome his anger so that we can work to reconcile our various interests in Ogun State.
He also spoke about Okorocha, “As for my friend Rochas Okorocha, who talked about nepotism, well as the head of the family, I do not want to continue to bring family matters to the market. At the end of the day it makes sense to keep it in the family, that is what maturity and responsibility imposes on me.

“So I won’t join issues with him, but the truth is that while I was in government, there was no other Oshiomhole in government. This is not something to hide, as a journalist you can go to Edo State and ask how many Oshiomholes were in government while I was at Osadebe House.

“Well, Okorocha is a great guy. He is one of those who left APGA to join APC. It is on record as having contributed his quota to the formation of the APC.
“We also have to accept that a tree cannot make a forest and we have to encourage those who think otherwise to recognise that this is a fact.
“In Imo State we have big names but it is not about big names, it is about big numbers. And the big numbers in Imo State are with us and I think governor Okorocha appreciates this fact.

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Dasuki Protests, Refuses to Attend Trial
Wed, 14 Nov 2018

A former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has written to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, saying he would no longer appear in court for his trial until the federal government obeys court orders releasing him on bail.

The federal government had slammed charges against Dasuki over his alleged illegal possession of firearms.
He is also standing trial for alleged breach of public trust, diversion of public funds meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram insurgency, among others.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was released on bail after perfecting the conditions.

However, the federal government through the Department of State Service (DSS) has continued to hold him in custody, forcing him to attend his trials from detention.
When the matter came up yesterday before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Dasuki was absent from the trial and his lawyer, Mr. Victor Okwudiri, drew the court’s attention to a letter written and signed by the defendant, stating his intention to stop appearing in court for his trial until the prosecution obey the orders releasing him on bail.

The letter dated November 12, 2018 and addressed to the court’s Registrar, was titled, ‘Unabated Persecution of Mohammed Sambo Dasuki by the Federal Government of Nigeria.’
Dasuki in the letter asked the court to, “Absolve him of any obligation of appearing at his trial, since the office of the State Security Service, an agent of government detaining him has also refused to respect the various court orders for his bail.”

The former NSA stated that he was granted bail at different occasions by various courts in all the charges he is standing trial for but the federal government had refused to obey the orders.

According to Dasuki, he was re-arrested at Kuje Prison in Abuja on December 29, 2015, shortly after he perfected his bail in respect of the three sets of charges filed against him before different judges.

Reacting, counsel to the prosecution, Mr. Dipo Okpeseyi (SAN), however, urged the court to order that Dasuki be tried in absentia.
Okpeseyi predicated his prayers on the grounds that the cases for which the former NSA has been denied bail are independent of the instant case and described the defendant’s action as an affront to the court.

He lamented that while the prosecution was ready to proceed with the trial, the absence of the defendant has again stalled the day’s proceedings.
In his ruling, trial judge, Justice Mohammed, held that the court will not grant the prosecution’s request to proceed with the trial in absentia, unless the prosecution deposes to an affidavit accusing the defence of willfully avoiding the court.

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Security Agencies Are Vetting Ganduje ‘Bribery’ Videos, Says Buhari
Wed, 14 Nov 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally reacted to the bribery allegations against the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, assuring that the security agencies were vetting the videos where the governor was allegedly receiving bribes.

This is coming as the Kano State House of Assembly has stopped investigating the alleged bribery against the governor, following the order of the court.
In videos widely circulated on social media, the governor was seen allegedly receiving kickbacks from contractors.

The videos have generated reactions, especially from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and critics of the current administration.

The governor has denied any wrongdoing, accusing his opponents of blackmailing him.

During an interactive session with Nigerians in France, the issue of the videos came up.

According to Daily Nigerian, the medium which leaked the videos, a Kano student on scholarship in France, had showered encomiums on Ganduje, asking the federal government to emulate him.

But the president reportedly snapped, asking the student if he had watched the videos of Ganduje allegedly receiving bribe in dollars.

“Haven’t you watched the videos of the governor stuffing dollars under his gown?” one of the participants reportedly quoted the president as asking, while demonstrating how the governor was stuffing the bundles of dollars inside his pocket.

“We gave the videos to security agencies for vetting. And we will surely take action on the matter if he is found guilty.”

But the president’s response was said not to have gone well with a lawmaker and a presidential aide who reportedly pleaded with journalists to remove the portion from their reports.

Daily Nigerian, published by Mr. Jafaar Jaafar, had uploaded the videos which showed the governor allegedly receiving $5 million bribe, dressed in white Kaftan.

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How Ezekwesili Plans to Defeat Seven Monstrous Challenges Facing Nigeria
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, has identified and proffered solutions to seven monstrous challenges facing Nigeria. Ezekwesili, who was Nigeria’s former Minister of Education as well as Solid Minerals, also reiterated her call on Nigerians to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party []The post How Ezekwesili Plans to Defeat Seven Monstrous Challenges Facing Nigeria appeared fir
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Akwa Ibom Govt Declares Three-day Fasting
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
In furtherance of its avowed commitment to maintaining peace and fostering economic prosperity, Akwa Ibom State Government has announced a-three day fasting and prayer programme from November 15 to 17 to usher in the commencement of political campaigns and other political activities for the 2019 general elections. The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh []The post Akwa Ibom Govt Declares Three-day Fasting appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Task Before Unity Bank
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
After recording a loss N14 billion in 2017 due to the cleaning up of its books, Unity Bank Plc needs to work hard in order deliver value to shareholders, writes Goddy Egene ‘The bank (Unity Bank Plc) is negotiating with potential investors for investment in its equity to address the negative capitalisation. Management is optimistic []The post Task Before Unity Bank appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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PDP, Atiku Facing Financial Crisis, APC Alleges
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
You are plotting to liquidate our account, opposition party replies ‘Atiku: 2019 about people’s vote not money Onyebuchi Ezigbo and Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are currently facing serious difficulties raising funds for the 2019 election’s []The post PDP, Atiku Facing Financial Crisis, APC Alleges appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Okebukola Regrets Spate of Academic Corruption in Nigerian Institutions
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Hammed Shittu in Ilorin A former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola has regretted the reported cases of high level of academic corruption in the countrys tertiary institutions, saying that such perceived attitude portends bad image for the country. Okebukola, who stated this in Ilorin, during the first Kwara State []The post Okebukola Regrets Spate of Academic Corruption in Nigerian Institutions appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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NAICOM to Release New Insurance Distribution Guidelines
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Stories by Ebere Nwoji The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has said it will in January 2019, release a new insurance distribution channel guidelines known as the State Insurance Producers(SIP). The commission, said this is in furtherance of its policy to diversify insurance distribution in Nigeria. Disclosing this at the 2018 education seminar organised by the []The post NAICOM to Release New Insurance Distribution Guidelines appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Stakeholders Want Egbe as Bayelsa FA Chairman
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Few weeks after hosting her first ever major national football game, the Aiteo Cup womens final in Yenagoa, football stakeholders in Bayelsa are rooting for the youthful Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle, Ebi Egbe, to come on board as Bayelsa State FA chairman. The stakeholders believe that with Egbe as chairman of Bayelsa FA, the []The post Stakeholders Want Egbe as Bayelsa FA Chairman appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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