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New Telegraph Exclusive: PDP govs, leaders work for Buhari’s re-election
Mon, 26 Nov 2018

Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, indications have emerged that some governors and chieftains of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are working for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. The governors, it was learnt at the weekend, have been meeting secretly with key government officials and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to plot strategies on how to deliver huge votes to the president in the 2019 general elections.

A competent source, who is privy to the arrangement, said that most of the PDP governors and leaders involved are those from the Southern part of the country and a few from the North, especially North-East where the PDP presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, hails from. According to the source, who prefers anonymity, PDP governors from the South-East and South- South are particularly unhappy with the choice of Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State, as running mate to Atiku for the 2019 presidential election.

The South-East governors had earlier fiercely opposed the Atiku/Obi ticket because they claimed it was against the promise, which the former vice president made to them prior to the national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The source confirmed to our correspondents that PDP has been unable to persuade most of their aggrieved governors to accept the Atiku/Obi ticket.

“I can authoritatively confirm to you that some of PDP governors are working for President Buhari. The concerns raised earlier by the governors that the zonal leaders were not consulted before the nomination of Obi is still much there. “Some of these governors have also realised that it will be difficult to sustain the level of intervention, which the current government has made in the region, if another administration takes over power,” he said. Similarly, some governors in the South-South, especially those seeking second terms in office, were said to be hobnobbing with the ruling party for selfsurvival. New Telegraph gathered that the plot is to concede the presidential election to the ruling party in exchange for a second term mandate in their states.

The main opposition party may also be in for more shockers except it is able to rein in some of its chieftains who participated in the last presidential primary but lost the ticket. Our source said that PDP should be concerned that some of these former presidential aspirants have retired to the background and have been too cold towards the activities of PDP since the convention ended in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Another source said that with the corruption allegations hanging around the presidential candidate of PDP, it is increasingly becoming difficult to market him to the electorate in the North where President Buhari is largely perceived as a man of integrity.

The source explained that in the South-West, there is the consideration that the Yoruba will be shooting themselves in the foot if they work against President Buhari who has their son, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as vice and running mate. New Telegraph sought the confirmation of the report from a top member of APC who said that in politics, nothing is impossible.

The party chieftain, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said it was PDP governors and party chieftains that were making overtures to the ruling party. “Overtures have been made. We are not the ones making the overtures. The PDP leaders are the ones making the overtures. The truth of the matter is that PDP is a divided house and there are many people there who do not like their presidential candidate; unlike in APC where there is no single governor or party leader that does not support the candidature of President Buhari.

“They may have their local problems, local politics, but there is no single person that does not support President Buhari. There is a unity of purpose and unanimity of determination to work for the candidate of our party. “But in their own case, they have a divided house, especially from the region where their vice presidential candidate comes from. They have made it very obvious by their body language. Imagine on the eve of a major election year, you pack yourselves and go to meet the president to say ‘thank you for what you have been doing for us.’ “This is because for them, their personal survival and second term mandate is more

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Banks jittery as MTN, others veer into mobile banking
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The recent announcement by telecoms giant, MTN, that it would soon apply for a Payment Service Bank (PSB) licence and launch mobile banking in Nigeria by the second quarter of next year, has set alarm bells ringing at deposit money banks (DMBs) in the country, findings by New Telegraph have shown. According to industry sources, []The post Banks jittery as MTN, others veer into mobile banking appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Gowon: Nigeria needs prayers more than ever
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Buhari: It’s the right thing to do Former Head of State and Convener of Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon, has asked Nigerians to continue to offer prayers for the healing and transformation of the country. Gowon made the call at the special national prayer service organised by Nigeria Prays at Deeper Life Bible Church []The post Gowon: Nigeria needs prayers more than ever appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NCAA warns pilots, airlines over adverse weather conditions
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned pilots and airline operators to observe safety precautions in line with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) during flight operations in adverse weather conditions. This warning was contained in an Advisory Circular with reference no. AC: NCAA-AEROMET- 26. The circular to all pilots and airline operators was signed []The post NCAA warns pilots, airlines over adverse weather conditions appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Minimum Wage: Labour’s race against the clock
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
When everyone thought that organised labour and government were making a headway towards resolving the new minimum wage imbroglio as early as possible, a new dimension was suddenly introduced to it a fortnight ago with the state governors threatening to downsize to enable them pay N30,000. The threat of downsizing, under any circumstance, is uncalled []The post Minimum Wage: Labour’s race against the clock appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ignoring Kanu’s call for election boycott
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Since October 21 when the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, made an online broadcast after disappearing for months, there have been renewed agitations in the South-East by members of his group. Perhaps, Kanu’s reappearance and the broadcast from an unknown location was the impetus his disillusioned members needed []The post Ignoring Kanu’s call for election boycott appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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33 IPOB members to be arraigned for murder, terrorism ‘Police
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Police yesterday said they would arraign the 33 suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for murder and terrorism. The suspects were allegedly responsible for the killing of a police inspector, inflicting injury on a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and some other police personnel. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Jimoh Moshood, []The post 33 IPOB members to be arraigned for murder, terrorism ‘Police appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Rising against police parade of suspects
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
AKEEM NAFIU writes that notwithstanding a subsisting court order declaring parade of suspected criminals by the police as illegal and unconstitutional, the illegality has continued unabated If the police hierarchy had a premonition of what lies ahead, the public parade of one, Ottoh Obono, would have not been allowed to take place. Reason: Apart []The post Rising against police parade of suspects appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Traumatic childhood increases risk of psychotic experiences
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Scientists in the United Kingdom (UK) said they have found a link between trauma in childhood and psychotic experiences at the age of 18. According to a new study published in ‘JAMA Psychiatry,’ between 25 and 60 per cent of the young people who reported psychotic experiences, presenting five per cent of the sample, would []The post Traumatic childhood increases risk of psychotic experiences appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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We’ll deliver North Central votes to Buhari ‘ Kogi gov
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has assured President Muhammadu Buhari of massive votes from North-Central. Bello gave the assurance while receiving the newlyelected House of Representatives member for Ekiti/ Isin/Oke Ero /Irepodun Federal Constituency in Kwara State, Hon. Raheem Olawuyi, on Friday. He urged the newlyelected representative to support bills and motions that will []The post We’ll deliver North Central votes to Buhari ‘ Kogi gov appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Paris Club refund: Labour shelves strike in Ondo
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Organised labour unions in Ondo State have cancelled their planned indefinite strike to protest non-payment of salaries. This followed the payment six out of the seven-month salary arrears owed civil servants in the state. The labour unions had initially given the state an ultimatum to use the N20 billion Paris Club refund accrued to the []The post Paris Club refund: Labour shelves strike in Ondo appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Borno killings: Buhari, military have failed Nigerians ‘ Ezekwesili
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the military high command to accept that they have failed the nation with the recent gruesome killings of soldiers by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State. Ezekwesili, who lamented the death of the []The post Borno killings: Buhari, military have failed Nigerians ‘ Ezekwesili appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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2019: Northern youths ask Nigerians to reject Buhari
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, youths from the 19 Northern states under the aegis of Confidence Christian Youths of Northern Nigeria have kicked against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office. Instead, the Youths have endorsed the candidature of the Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) []The post 2019: Northern youths ask Nigerians to reject Buhari appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Vote buying, dangerous to democracy ‘ Jerry Gana
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, has warned Nigerians, especially the youth, to desist from selling off their votes to the highest bidder. He, rather, said that they should vote in leaders based on what they have to offer. According to him, vote buying poses great danger []The post Vote buying, dangerous to democracy ‘ Jerry Gana appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NNFM slips into loss position
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The manufacturing industry has continued to struggle with operational challenges, which Northern Nigerian Flour Mills (NNFM) Plc is not insulated from and, therefore, taken a toll on the company’s profit. Chris Ugwu writes While Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit, particularly electricity supply and bad road networks, continue to hurt manufacturers, at times forcing some of []The post NNFM slips into loss position appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Land prices soar in Lekki Free Trade environs
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Despite the harsh economic climate in the country, values of land in Ibeju-Lekki environs of Lagos State are on the rise, New Telegraph has learnt. According to findings, a plot of land that was sold for N2million two years ago is now selling between N5million and N6million. Further investigation revealed that location of Lekki []The post Land prices soar in Lekki Free Trade environs appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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N30bn Chad basin oil search faces fresh hurdles
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The aggressive push to make the North join league of oil producers through commercial oil discovery in Chad basin has hit a fresh brick wall, as geologists and consultants to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who had earlier deserted the site refused plea for them to return. One of the geologists close to []The post N30bn Chad basin oil search faces fresh hurdles appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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New spokesman for NPA
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) has approved the appointment of Engr. Jatto Adeiza Adams as its new spokesman. Adams, who was appointed General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, is the fifth spokesman that would occupy the office between 2016 and 2018, according to a statement from the firm. Adams was the general manager, land & asset []The post New spokesman for NPA appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Stock market extends weekly losses by 1.18%
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) finished last week on the downswing, as the NSE All-Share Index and Market Capitalization depreciated by 1.18 per cent to close at 31,678.70 and N11.565 trillion respectively. Similarly, all other indices finished lower with the exception of the NSE Main Board, NSE Insurance, NSE []The post Stock market extends weekly losses by 1.18% appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Stanbic IBTC appoints directors
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, has appointed Wole Adeniyi as its executive director, personal and business banking. He was the bank’s executive director, operations before the new appointment, according to a statement from the bank. Also, Nike Bajomo has been appointed executive director, business development, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited, while Olusola Carrena and Oyinda Akinyemi []The post Stanbic IBTC appoints directors appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Loyalty: Premium Pension rewards First Bank, Dangote, others
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
For being consistent in their pension contribution remittances to their workers’ Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs), Premium Pension Limited presented awards in various categories to some employers in this regard. Honoring the awardees in Lagos last week, the management of Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) revealed that the selected firms had been faithful to PPL in the []The post Loyalty: Premium Pension rewards First Bank, Dangote, others appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NAICOM cancels reclassification policy
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has withdrawn and canceled the circular on Tier Based Minimum Solvency Capital (TBMSC) policy. A circular signed by the Director, Policy and Regulation, NAICOM, Pius Agboola, for Commissioner for Insurance, entitled: Withdrawal of Circular on Tier Based Solvency Capital Policy for Insurance Companies in Nigeria and issued to all insurance []The post NAICOM cancels reclassification policy appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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FMDQ partners presidency on ease of doing business
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange has collaborated with the Office of the Vice President to engage stakeholders on the implementation of the National Action Exchange Plans. FMDQ last weekend in a statement, said providing an enabling environment for businesses and their associated activities to thrive remains a key goal of governments and indeed, a main driver []The post FMDQ partners presidency on ease of doing business appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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12 finalists emerge in UBA foundation essay contest
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has announced the 12 finalists for the 2018 edition of its annual National Essay Competition. The 12 finalists according to a statement, will sit for the second round of the competition, where three winners will emerge after undergoing supervised essay []The post 12 finalists emerge in UBA foundation essay contest appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Monday Interview: Obasanjo, ex-Generals gang-up against Buhari’ll fail, says David-West
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Prof. Tam David-West, a virologist, was former Minister of Petroleum and ardent loyalist of President Muhammadu Buhari. In this interview with SOLA ADEYEMO, he speaks on the forth-coming general elections, insisting that the coalition against the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government will not deprive Buhari a second term You are an ardent supporter []The post Monday Interview: Obasanjo, ex-Generals gang-up against Buhari’ll fail, says David-West appeared first on Newtelegr
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Why I’m eyeing the Senate, by Ukachukwu
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Anambra South Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) in the coming 2019 general elections, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, has said that he was inspired to throw his heart into the next elections in order to provide services as never been done before in the state. He said: The essence of leadership and []The post Why I’m eyeing the Senate, by Ukachukwu appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Thrills and frills of New Telegraph Awards 2018: That refreshing Osoba, OGD’s reunion
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Its no gossip that the two immediate past governors of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel, have had a trajectory of political bickering that dates back to 2003. Osoba, as the then incumbent, was defeated by Daniel in the race for the Gateway States plum job. So, if categorised under the []The post Thrills and frills of New Telegraph Awards 2018: That refreshing Osoba, OGDs reunion appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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I almost quit Eagles job during NFF crisis ‘Rohr
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr has said he was closed to quitting his post during the crisis that engulfed the Nigeria Football Federation shortly after the 2018 World Cup. Rohr recalled the crisis reached a boiling point when it was suggested the country was on the verge of been thrown out of African Cup []The post I almost quit Eagles job during NFF crisis ‘Rohr appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Mikel considers Teda exit for regular Eagles’ role
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, is reportedly weighing up options regarding his future with his Chinese club, Tianjin Teda, as he seeks to cement his place in Nigeria’s squad ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. After missing Eagles’ last four matches of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers due to fitness issues, the midfielder is []The post Mikel considers Teda exit for regular Eagles role appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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World Cup ticket above personal glory ‘ Oshoala
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala has relegated personal glory for the success of the team at the ongoing African Women Cup of Nations, insisting picking the ticket to the 2019 World Cup remain the teams target. The reigning African Footballer of the Year shrugged off poor start to the campaign in Cameroon to hit a []The post World Cup ticket above personal glory ‘ Oshoala appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Onyekuru fires blank, Omeruo keeps shirt
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Super Eagles forward, Henry Onyekuru, failed to hit target on his return to Galatasaray’s starting line-up in a 1-1 home draw against Konyaspor in a Turkish Super League tie on Friday. Onyekuru, who showed some flashes of brilliance in the 1-1 draw with South Africa in an AFCON qualifier on November 17 as well as []The post Onyekuru fires blank, Omeruo keeps shirt appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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2018 AWCON: Falcons coach declares war on Cameroon
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Coach Thomas Dennerby has said he hopes Super Falcons will play their best game of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations against Cameroon in Tuesday’s semifinal in Accra. It will be a repeat of the 2016 AWCON final, which the Falcons shaded 1-0 in Yaounde. ‘Hopefully, we play our best game of the tournament []The post 2018 AWCON: Falcons coach declares war on Cameroon appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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ACCW: First Bank win bronze again
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
First Bank Basketball Club defeated Vita Club of Congo 93-69 to win the bronze at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women which ended yesterday in Maputo, Mozambique. The Nigerian champions played better than in their semi-final loss to host, Ferroviario, and looked solid even when they trailed after the end of the first quarter []The post ACCW: First Bank win bronze again appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Abdullahi elected into African archery board
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
President of the Nigeria Archery Federation, Mohammed Abdullahi, has been elected as an Executive Board member of the Federation of African Archery representing the West and Central African regions. The election took place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Cairo, Egypt during bodys Annual General Meeting. Abdullahi defeated two other contestants from Chad and Guinea []The post Abdullahi elected into African archery board appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Gold Cup: Sunshine Stars are champions
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Sunshine Stars were crowned champions of the 6th edition of Gold Cup Pre-season Tourney after they beat Kwara United by a lone goal on Sunday at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure. It was a second Gold Cup trophy in the cabinet of the Owena Whales in six years. Both teams failed to create any []The post Gold Cup: Sunshine Stars are champions appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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UEFA League: Tricky Match Day 5 ties for City, Liverpool, Spurs
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The world’s premier club competition, the UEFA Champions League resumes this week with Match Day 5 games taking place over two days on Tuesday and Wednesday with the two Manchester clubs, City and United along with Liverpool and Spurs aiming to secure Round of 16 tickets despite facing tricky fixtures. But while City has []The post UEFA League: Tricky Match Day 5 ties for City, Liverpool, Spurs appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Enduring partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
This is the last day of my first trip to Africa as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. I spent most of my 32- year career as an American Diplomat on this continent, and I was fortunate to serve twice in Nigeria. As they say, old friends are the best friends. I am []The post Enduring partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Tale trails Kris Okotie’s presidential ambition
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
It’s a public knowledge that founder of Household of God, Pastor Kris Okotie, is attracted to politics as its obvious the ex’musician has proven he’s not solely preoccupied with winning souls into the vineyard of God. Meanwhile, chiefly among his political aspirations is to become the president. It will be recalled that Okotie ran for []The post Tale trails Kris Okotie’s presidential ambition appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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