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PDP leaders behind my travails, says Oshiomhole
Fri, 16 Nov 2018

National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday accused the top hierarchy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of working in tandem with certain members of the APC to oust him from office through a smear campaign linking him to bribery and corruption. In recent weeks, Oshiomhole had been under intense pressure following allegations that he collected huge sums of money from political aspirants in exchange for tickets during the recent primary elections in the ruling party. The bribes, said to have been collected in hard currencies, led to his invitation and interrogation by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) last week.

Oshiomhole described the allegations against him as malicious attacks from those who appeared too eager to see his exit from office as the APC chairman, but argued that the primary elections of the APC, which were at the root of the allegations, had come and gone. In a statement released by Simon Ebegbulem, his Chief Press Secretary, Oshiomhole denied any wrongdoing, but lamented that instead of commending him for resisting criminal overtures to compromise him, he is being relentlessly harangued, abused and accused of receiving phantom bribes.

He said that while it was understandable that those who lost out in the “transparent exercise” conducted by the party have been exercising their rights to protest, the open smear campaign against him must stop. He said that the allegations of corruption were aimed at maligning his hard-earned reputation and warned that no one will get away with any action that is capable of tarnishing his image and integrity.

His words: “It is curious to note that some elements in the top hierarchy of PDP appeared to be too eager to see the exit of the APC chairman from office and may be working in tandem with certain APC members. While it makes sense for PDP to wish for cure for their headache that Comrade Oshiomhole has become, it should not be taken for granted that anyone can get away with any action that is capable of tarnishing the unassailable integrity of the APC chairman.

“We are aware that part of the strategies discussed in Dubai, where the PDP leaders recently visited and held their meeting, was to continue to dish out lies against top APC leaders with a view to distract the leadership of the APC ahead the 2019 general election. But they have failed because the National Chairman and APC leaders are focused and will never be distracted.

“However, it is time these irresponsible lies stopped; otherwise, anybody who continues to make unsubstantiated allegations against the person and character of the National Chairman should be ready to provide proofs in a court of law. It cannot be just a political game to smear the character of Comrade Oshiomhole by people whose track record is unenviable. “We want the public to note that if the exercise of the APC primaries were to be about money-taking or money-making, the state governors, some of whom are embittered about the outcomes in their states, were in a better position to dish out mega bucks. But the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC under the leadership of Comrade Oshiomhole was motivated by higher ideals and the pursuit of noble democratic principles.

“It is sad that instead of commending the National Chairman for resisting criminal overtures to compromise him, he is being relentlessly harangued, abused and accused of receiving phantom bribes.” Oshiomhole stated that as president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), he fought the government without collecting bribe.

“This is a callous and wicked enterprise. The National Chairman’s credibility is unassailable. His reputation as president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is a matter of fact. “Significantly, as NLC president, he fought the PDP-controlled Federal Government in furtherance of pro-people policies without collecting money to compromise the struggles.” According to him, his credibility and reputation had remained unassailable right from his days as a unionist up to his tenure as the Governor of Edo State.

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Reps accuse 12 shipping firms of diverting FG’s $300m
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Twelve indigenous shipping companies are owing the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) a whopping $300 million as freight charges. Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Hon. Umar Bago (APC, Niger) disclosed this yesterday at the ongoing investigation into allegations of non-remittance and ill practices by the []The post Reps accuse 12 shipping firms of diverting FG’s $300m appeared first on Newtelegr
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Atiku, Tambuwal, Osoba, govs, Fashola, Ekere, BUA, UBA, AITEO, others to grace event
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Former vice-president and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will be leading award nominees and other dignitaries to grace the second edition of New Telegraph Awards Night tomorrow. Atiku will be honoured as the Political Icon of the Decade, while Saraki []The post Atiku, Tambuwal, Osoba, govs, Fashola, Ekere, BUA, UBA, AITEO, others to grace event appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Beyond the Nigeria, S’Africa football rivalry
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Football rivalries at club and national team levels could be interesting especially with the bragging rights on the results. We recall that in Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon football rivalry lingered for a long time with the Cameroonians denying the country Africa Nations Cup title on three occasions. The most painful one was the Ghana/Nigeria 2000 edition []The post Beyond the Nigeria, S’Africa football rivalry appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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24 varsity students, 12 others held for cyber fraud
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
EFCC recovers exotic cars, 300 sim cards, 18 laptops Nine ladies, undergraduates and others were among 36 suspected cyber fraudsters recently arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Office. The EFCC acting Head, Media and Publicity, Mr. Tony Orilade, said the suspects were arrested at 21, Sawmill Road, Awa-Ijebu, Ogun []The post 24 varsity students, 12 others held for cyber fraud appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Sultan: Nigerians must live in peace
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III and a Retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Bolarinwa Babalakin, have appealed to Nigerians to remain united and be peaceful irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences. They made the plea yesterday in Gbongan, Osun State, home town of the retired Justice when the monarch paid []The post Sultan: Nigerians must live in peace appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Etifa: Women are becoming their own dream men
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Blessing Etifa 30, is a vibrant, intelligent and energetic lady that has refused to allow circumstances surrounding her gender stop her from getting to her desired destination. Etifa, a lawyer by discipline, runs a hospitality industry called ‘Blosom’s Bistro’. Against all odds, so as to fulfil her long term dreams, she left the bar for []The post Etifa: Women are becoming their own dream men appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Atiku: Nigerians deserve to know number of unemployed
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said Nigerians deserved to know the number of unemployed in the country. Atiku, in a statement by his campaign organisation, decried the poor funding of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) by the Federal Government. The former vice president expressed dismay at the []The post Atiku: Nigerians deserve to know number of unemployed appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Our reforms are working ‘ Buhari
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his administration’s reforms were working. The President said his administration would continue to implement policies that attract investment and spark competition in critical sectors of the economy for employment creation and growth. Buhari stated this yesterday while receiving the Chairman and Management of the LADOL Integrated Logistics Enterprise on []The post Our reforms are working ‘ Buhari appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Battling with bad roads
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Delta State Government has said it would no longer be suffering and smiling over the condition of Federal roads across the state. The state is seriously worried that the Federal Government has not deemed it fit to declare a state of emergency on failed portions of its roads across the three senatorial districts of []The post Battling with bad roads appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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There’re issues threatening Nigeria’s unity ‘Buhari
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has raised fears over the unity of Nigeria as the country draws closer to general elections in 2019. Buhari stated this yesterday at the inauguration of a Unity Band at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The group is expected to engage opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections. The band is tagged []The post There’re issues threatening Nigeria’s unity ‘Buhari appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Seeking compensation for devastated communities
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Some Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom State are still smarting from long attacks from militants in their areas. Now that calm has returned, they are calling on the government to come to their rescue in rebuilding affected areas. TONY ANICHEBE reports from Uyo Normalcy has returned to communities in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun []The post Seeking compensation for devastated communities appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Flood scuttles Nigeria’s N54bn 2018 cassava revenue target
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Nigeria’s quest to realise about N54 billion ($150 million) from two million tons of cassava this year as revenue has been threatened following the havoc caused by floods on cassava farmlands in the country, New Telegraph has learnt. The cassava sub-sector is one of the key areas where Nigeria can realise about N20 trillion []The post Flood scuttles Nigeria’s N54bn 2018 cassava revenue target appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Comparing Nigeria’s rice policy with US report
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
A recent data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) World Market and Trade Report states that Nigeria imported three million tonnes of rice in 2018, contrary to President Muhammadu Buhari’s 90 per cent cut on imports of the commodity. Taiwo Hassan dissects these paradoxical statements During a live broadcast on this []The post Comparing Nigeria’s rice policy with US report appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Labour tackles FG over slow pace of diversification
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Organised labour under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has called on the Federal Government to step up the process of diversifying the economy as a way to curbing the ills currently in the country. National President of ASCSN, Bala Bobboi Kaigama, made this call during the association’s National []The post Labour tackles FG over slow pace of diversification appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Expert tasks govt, others on large-scale rental housing
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Both governments and the private sector have been urged to deliver large scale rental housing to tackle the shortfall in affordable housing in Nigeria. Director, Altair Africa, Olu Olanrewaju, who made this call in Lagos, said good quality formal rental market is imperative to tackle housing crisis in Nigeria and other African countries such []The post Expert tasks govt, others on large-scale rental housing appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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CPS: PFAs receive N139.32bn contributions in Q2
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Pension contributions into workers’ Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) dropped slightly during the second quarter of the current year from N 140.09 billion in the first quarter to N139.32 billion. According to report by the National Pension Commission (PenCom), the aggregate total pension contributions of the private sector increased from N2.26 trillion as at first []The post CPS: PFAs receive N139.32bn contributions in Q2 appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NB’s closure: NECA flays lottery regulator
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has faulted the closure of Nigerian Breweries offices nationwide by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC). Director-General, NECA, Olusegun Oshinowo, flayed NlRC in a statement issued in Lagos. He expressed shock that the new helmsman at the NLRC, Lanre Gbajabiamila, would go all out to act in breach of []The post NB’s closure: NECA flays lottery regulator appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Hubmart empowers customers through promo
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
After exiting economic recession, which slowed consumer purchasing power, confidence is gradually returning to the economy, Murat Bektaslar, chief executive officer of Hubmart Stores Limited has said. Bektaslar, who made the remark during the Awoof Promo draw organsied by outfit to appreciate customers that patronise their three outlets in Lagos, said retail business had huge []The post Hubmart empowers customers through promo appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Demonstrating political will for ICT devt
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Technology is fast becoming the life of every economy, however, its slow-paced adoption and growth in Nigeria has been a source of worry for stakeholders. One key factor they fingered as slowing down ICT development in the country is lack of political will to implement policies. SAMSON AKINTARO reports. A few months ago, []The post Demonstrating political will for ICT devt appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Internet code: NCC seeks minors’ protection online
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has rolled out fresh measures to protect minors and under-aged on the Internet. To that end, an Internet industry code of practice has been drafted to guide Internet Service Providers on the protection of rights of Internet users in the country. According to the regulator, the Internet provides enormous []The post Internet code: NCC seeks minors’ protection online appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Lagos: A crowded guber race
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE writes on the quest by 41 governorship candidates to succeed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on May 29, 2019 Lagos is regarded as the Centre of Excellence and the commercial capital of Nigeria. These two qualities have made the state one of those that generates attention during general elections. There is no doubt that []The post Lagos: A crowded guber race appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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APC crisis: When change meets resistance
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Johnchuks Onuanyim writes on the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over an attempt by the leadership of the party to reverse a tradition whereby outgoing state governors are given the free hand to anoint their successors The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, did not mince words []The post APC crisis: When change meets resistance appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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PDP has no prospect in Lagos ‘ Lawmaker
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu represents Ikeja Constituency ii in the Lagos State House of Assembly. He speaks on the forthcoming general elections and the leadership of the state Assembly. WALE ELEGBEDE reports Your party lost eight seats to the PDP in 2015 and there are still issues within the APC as we speak now. Do []The post PDP has no prospect in Lagos ‘ Lawmaker appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Enugu Rangers’ victory: The Ugwuanyi Magic
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Although non-sporting buffs will scoff at this, but there could indeed only be a few experience comparable to being a live witness to the ultimate humbling of ones favourite football team. This is particularly true when that team is Enugu Rangers Football Club, one of Nigerias oldest and most successful teams with a trophy []The post Enugu Rangers’ victory: The Ugwuanyi Magic appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Trump, Acosta and Lai Mohammed
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
One thing I have about the press is that they are always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better’ ‘ Donald Trump There were some media drama in two seats of power last week that we cannot easily wave aside even as there are many issues to muse about this []The post Trump, Acosta and Lai Mohammed appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Garlic: Nature’s powerful antibiotic
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Garlic, Allium sativum, belongs to the Alliums family, which comprises some 700 species. Garlic is among the earliest known medicinal plants. The Babylonians [c.3000 BC] are said to make profuse use of garlic. The Jews love garlic, and when they were deprived of it in the wilderness, they grumbled: ‘The rabble with them began to []The post Garlic: Nature’s powerful antibiotic appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Why I abandoned lecturing for acting, by Yemi Solade
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Popular actor, Yemi Solade, in this interview with TONY OKUYEME, explains why he abandoned a promising job in the ivory tower to seek a career in the precarious world of acting. He also talks about marriage, movie industry and why Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, remains his favourite musician You were a disco dancer []The post Why I abandoned lecturing for acting, by Yemi Solade appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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I’ll go shirtless if I see someone wearing same shirt ‘ Burna Boy
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Damini Ogulu, Nigerian Afrofusion artiste better known as Burna Boy, says he can go shirtless if he sees someone wearing the same shirt he is wearing at an event. In an interview with Africa’s Finest, a fashion magazine by Guaranty Trust Bank, the ‘Ye’ singer said he is already working on his own fashion brand. []The post I’ll go shirtless if I see someone wearing same shirt ‘ Burna Boy appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Dabota Lawson: My regrets
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Marriage, especially, to a man she loves, is the prayer of every woman. However, for Dabota Lawson, it seems her decision to get married in 2014 appears to be her one of her biggest regrets ever. Former beauty queen and mother of one, Dabota Lawson, says one of her biggest regrets is getting married in []The post Dabota Lawson: My regrets appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Meek Mill, Ludacris amazed by my new project ‘ Seyi Shay
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Seyi Shay says American rappers, Meek Mill and Ludacris, were ‘amazed’ when they listened to her new album project in Atlanta, US. The Nigerian singer said the duo was among a number of artistes and producers who came to the studio after she recorded for eight weeks. In an interview, Shay said she is delighted []The post Meek Mill, Ludacris amazed by my new project ‘ Seyi Shay appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Clash’: New dawn for Nigerian-Canadian movie collaboration
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Clash’, a movie directed by Canadian- Nigerian filmmaker, Pascal Atuma, no doubt, marks the beginning of Nigerian-Canadian collaborations as championed by the trade commission of the Canadian consulate in Nigeria, the Nigerian embassy in Canada and the Nigerian Film and Video Censored Board (NFVCB). Shot on locations in Canada and Nigeria, ‘Clash’ and produced by []The post ‘Clash’: New dawn for Nigerian-Canadian movie collaboration appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Hidden elegance in Isichei’s paintings
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
At Rele Art Gallery, Onikan, Lagos, Rom Isichei’s recent works cast a thoughtful atmosphere. As one of Nigeria’s most visible and prolific artists, Isichei’s impressive paintings that make up the body of work for his recent exhibition, gives sufficient inklings to his mastery of both medium and message. Beholding the show titled ‘Reverence of Thoughts,’ []The post Hidden elegance in Isichei’s paintings appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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