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Oshiomhole: Obasanjo planning to rule by proxy
Mon, 26 Nov 2018

ANY attempt by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to return to power by proxy will be resisted, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole said yesterday.

He dismissed as “empty” the former leader’s boast that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will unseat the APC-led administration from Aso Rock.

Oshiomhole spoke in Kano where he led other APC stalwarts to receive hundreds of members of the PDP and the Kwankwasiyya Movement, who defected into the ruling party at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

”Obasanjo’s dream to rule Nigeria by proxy will not succeed,” Oshiomhole told the crowd of supporters.

He said: “It is a wonderful day that all the progressives have come together to reinforce power to sustain our democracy. Never again should this country be governed by opportunists.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s constituency is the army of the poor. We are building a country where those who work will be able to eat, not those who use telephones to make billions without working for it.

“We are waiting for the message and shall respond appropriately to their message. This country must move forward. It does not belong to those who have a history of taking so much out of the system even as they cannot show what they have put into the system.

“We have to fix all the problems; we did not come in to fix them overnight. What they did not do in 16 years cannot possibly be fixed in three and half years. But I believe we have shown the most important quality that we need in a leader – to have a man of honour, a man of integrity, a man that you can trust; and that is President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Whether in America, they appreciate him, in Britain, they appreciate him, and other Africa Heads of State appreciate him. And, of course, we the ordinary people appreciate him. But those who make money without work, they don’t like him. As far as they are concerned, he will not stay one day long.”

Oshiomhole replied to criticism by the PDP of the electoral process. He said: “Let me also use this opportunity to appeal to our opponents in PDP that they seem to be crying before the election takes place. When they win, everything is perfect; any time they lose, nothing is right. I see them writing a letter to the United Nations (UN) and I’m asking who is going to carry the letter.

“Nigerians will not forget that it was PDP under President Olusegun Obasanjo who introduced what he called do-or-die politics. They remember when he said the election of 2007 was a do-or-die for him.

“Fortunately, we did not die; fortunately, he is still alive. He would be alive to see a country that grows from strength to strength, that is detained by the bitterness of the past.

“But his (Obasanjo) dream to rule by proxy will never succeed. Nigerians can never go back. We must move on. In another mandate for President Buhari, we will witness sustainable growth, development and happiness for the good of the average Nigerian.”

The party chief praised Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for his steadfastness in sustaining the manifesto of the APC, saying: “Thank you so much, Your Excellency. You have made a statement. Politics is not about social media where one man can recruit 2000 young men to just be posting fake stories.

“Politics is on the ground and it is played by real people. When you promised to deliver five million votes I know you will do so because people of Kano State belongs to President Buhari; and President Muhammadu Buhari belongs to the people of Kano State.

“It will interest you to know that during the primary election, President Buhari had 14.6 million Nigerian APC members voting for him freely to nominate him. Compare this to what my dear friend (Goodluck Jonathan) did in PDP in 2014 when they collected signatories to ask a sitting President to re-contest.

”I think we have changed the game, and the game can never be the same again. Nigeria can now grow from strength to strength. I want to ask you (Ganduje) to have faith. We shall be victorious at the end.”

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Air Force steps up action against Boko Haram
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been striking fleeing Boko Haram attackers who invaded a military base in Metele village, Guzamala Local Government Area, Borno State.The air strikes led to the destruction of seven vehicles, including gun trucks, and eliminated all the terrorists in the vehicles, The Nation learnt yesterday.But there are indications that Boko Haram commanders and their foot soldiers who attacked the military base in Metele were non-Nigerians.A military source, who spoke last nig
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Boko Haram: Nigeria, Chad Defence ministers to meet
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Defence Minister Brig-Gen Mansur Dan-Ali is billed for Ndjamena, Chads capital this week. His mission is to discuss with his Chadian counterpart Gen. Daoud Yaya on how best to respond to the worsening security crisis along the Nigeria Chad border.The trip is coming in the wake of rising insurgency in the Northeast, especially the November 18 attack on troops at the 157 Task Force Battalion in Metete, a remote village in Borno State, on the Nigeria- Chad border.Scores of soldiers were allegedly
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N23b bribe: EFCC clears 15 INEC officials
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
FIFTEEN of the 205 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials suspended in connection with the alleged N23billion poll bribe have been cleared.About N3,046,829, 000 was traced to some of INEC officials involved in the 2015 general elections.INEC suspended 205 pending the final determination of their cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).But following insufficient information, 70 other officials were referred back to EFCC for investigation.The 15 who did n
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Naira stable despite campaign spendings
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
THE naira has remained stable at both the official and parallel markets despite huge campaign spendings by political parties,The Nationlearnt yesterday.The stability of the local currency was linked to measures instituted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Association of Bureaux De Change (BDC) Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) to ensure that foreign exchange demand at the retail end of the market was met.ABCON President Aminu Gwadabe told financial reporters in Lagos at the weekend that de
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Lagos Airport not attacked by terrorists, say FAAN, Air Force
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Air Force have debunked reports of a video circulating in the social media showing terrorists attack at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.It came as the Airport Police Command said yesterday that it would investigate and prosecute persons behind the video.FAANs spokesperson Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement, said the video was the handiwork of mischief-makers.She urged the international community to disr
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2019: Southwest may lose out as Southsouth lobbies PDP, Atiku for SGF slot
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Southsouth is lobbying for Secretary to the Government of the Federation( SGF) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.With the development, the Southwest, which is demanding the SGFs seat, may lose out if PDP and Atiku bow to the Southsouth pressure.Atiku has promised to concede the position to the Southwest as re-echoed recently by ex-Governor Gbenga Daniel, who was the Director-General of the now disbanded Atiku Campaign Organisation.Some Southsouth le
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NCAA cautions pilots, airline operators on flights in adverse weather
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
PILOTS and airline operators have been warned by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to observe safety precautions in line with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) during flight operations in adverse weather.NCAA spokesman Sam Adurogboye said yesterday in a statement that the warning was contained in an Advisory Circular with reference no. AC: NCAA-AEROMET- 26: to all pilots and airline operators.The circular was signed by the authoritys Director-General Captain Muhtar Usman.A
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Obasa seeks devolution of powers for national development
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa has recommended devolution of powers as the fastest way to bring about development and growth.Obasa made the recommendation in a remark at the opening of the ongoing consultative meeting on the Review and Harmonisation of the Standing Orders and Rules of Business of the State Houses of Assembly in the Southwest, holding at Park Inn Hotel, Abeokuta.He said: While the oneness of Nigeria is non-negotiable, one thing we will need to speedily work
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Buhari, Service chiefs meet over soldiers killings
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari and Service chiefs met yesterday over the recent attacks on and killing of soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents at the 157 Task Force Battalion in Metete, in Borno State community on the Nigeria-Chad border.According to Presidency sources, all the Service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police met behind closed doors with the President at the State House in Abuja.The President, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Gar
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Sanwo-Olus positives
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
When governorship campaigns begin across the country on December 1, some campaigns will attract greater attention than others, and some governorship candidates will be more magnetic than others. In Lagos State, the countrys former capital and arguably the most economically important state, the frontrunner is Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Ahead of the primary that Sanwo-Olu won to become APC governorship candidate, a pillar of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, painted a
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New dawn in Osun
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The tenure of Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola will end tomorrow. It will be eight years that Aregbesola came into power after the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, sacked his predecessor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Undaunted by two previous court judgements that were not in his favor, Aregbesola pursued petitions before the election tribunal, challenging the declaration of Oyinlola as the winner of the 2007 poll.When he assumed the reins, Aregbesola behaved as if no
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How far can Agbaje go
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Based on his antecedents in the last general elections, when he gave the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode a run for his money, the choice of Jimi Agbaje as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State in next years election was adjudged to be the best for the party, under the circumstances it finds itself. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE examines his chances. JIMI Agbaje is back on a familiar terrain. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos State has made
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Agbaje decries police role in Akwa Ibom crisis
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
A group, the Atiku-Agbaje Media Engagement Network (AAMEN), has described the alleged police occupation of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly as a coup by the All Progressives Congress (APC).It called for the removal of the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, for allegedly aiding and abetting the party in the dispute that has split the legislators into two camps.Highlighting the spate of anti-democratic abuses by the police under Idris, AAMEN said that the police IG had clearly
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Ondo, Mimiko and senatorial contest
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Former Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko is the senatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) for Ondo Central District. How far can he go’ Grace Edema writes on his quest for a seat in the National Assembly.Dr. Olusegun Mimikos decision to contest for the Ondo Central Senatorial District of Ondo state has been greeted with joy, support and acceptance by his party members and other followers in the state.Mimiko who initially declared his interest to run as the presidential candida
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Amosun responsible for Ogun APC post-primary crisis
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State and former member of the House of Representatives, Abiodun Abdul Balogun, spoke with ERNEST NWOKOLO on the post-primay crisis that has hit the All Progressives Congress (APC) and how it can be resolved.What is responsible for the current crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State’ Well, crisis is a very large word to use. I will say that there is a disagreement within the party. In politics we disagree to agree. W
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Who says Buhari has not performed
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Kingsley Onochie examines the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari and why he deserves a second term.In his characteristic nature, when he had made up his mind to work against the President Muhammadu Buhari leadership, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo put his pen on paper and wrote a derogatory letter that castigated the incumbent government on many fronts.In the letter, Obasanjo accused Buhari of performing below expectations and advised him against running in 2019. But today, th
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Davido, Falz, Tiwa Savage, Betty-G win at AFRIMA
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Nigerias singers Davido, Tiwa Savage and Falz won awards at the 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA held in Accra, Ghana Saturday night.But one of the greatest honours of the night was won by Ethiopian singer Betty G. She won Africas best album of the year and also was rated the best female artiste in East Africa.Davido scooped Africas artiste of the year, with his album, FIA. He also won the best male artiste in West Africa. Tiwa Savage won West Africas best female artiste and Falz ran away wit
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World record breaker Dj Blinky drops Kolombo
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Guinness World Record breaker for longest club DJ-ing, Adoo Kelvin Confidence, more known as DJ Blinky, has released a new track, Kolombo, featuring the creator of the Continental Sound King Perry.According to Dj Blinky, the song was produced by fast-rising music producer, Lussh, mixed and mastered by Sean Stan.Dj blinky, who hails from Kana Local Government, Ogoni, Rivers State, said that the song expresses how God can bless anyone.Despite doing the same thing with Dj Obi, Dj Kaywise and others
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I dont want to die with my talent, says Australia-based singer
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Australia-based highlife singer Elder Nwabueze Ukonne who is also known as Daddy Danny King is presently in Nigeria to promote his latest album titled ASA NWA BABY.The singer, known for playing the traditional highlife tune to fans abroad, said that he is quite different.Music is inborn and that is why I am a bit different from other Nigerian musicians, Danny King said.I started my musical career long time ago. And Im known for best practices in the musical industry in Nigeria. I have been fight
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GTB launches music platform Habari
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Guaranty Trust Bank has launched Habari, an online platform for music streaming, shopping, socializing and other services.The all-round mobile application was unveiled last Friday in Lagos.Habari is the first mobile platform in Nigeria created by a financial institution that focuses on enabling peoples needs and lifestyles rather than providing a limited bouquet of regular banking products. The application is open and free for all to download, does not require mobile banking details and offers a
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Why social media comedians are making waves, says Yannick Philippe
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Its no longer news that comedians who rose to fame with the emergence of social media are speedily giving mainstream comedians a run for their money.For multi- talented, actor, rapper and comedian, Philippe Yannick Iwuegbu better known with the stage name, Yannick Philippe, it now pays more to be a popular social media comedian and influencer.As one who doubles as content creator, I am proud to say Nigerian comedy has taken over the industry in Africa, said Yannick.These days those of us that do
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Ekwueme, Uncle Ben, others for CDMs concert
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Music Director of Project Fame West Africa, Ben Ogbeiwi, known as Uncle Ben; David Aina, Music tutor at Lagos State University (LASU); and Jude Nwankwo, Music lecturer at University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) are among the numerous stars billed to perform at the Christmas carol/25th anniversary concert of Chorale De La Magnifique Nigeria (CDM) on Friday, December 7, 2018 in Abuja.The concert themed Christmas @ 25 is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the choir formed in 1993 by Ike Eseka and his
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Ford begins production of Ranger engine
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Ford Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has begun production of the new-generation diesel engines that are set to power the new Ford Ranger Raptor and selected Ranger and Everest models scheduled for launch next year.Assembled on an all-new high-tech assembly line, the start of production for the new engine programme marks an important milestone for the Port Elizabeth facility, which opened in 1964 and has produced over 3.4-million engines to date.With the launch of the
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Oil marketers fret over assets forfeiture to banks
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Oil marketers have started re-negotiating with banks over the terms of the facilities they took from the lenders.This followed moves by lenders to take over the assets they used as collaterals for obtaining the facilities to import fuel, it was learnt at the weekend.The oil marketers include members of Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), and Depots and Petroleum Products Marketers of Nigeria (DAPMAN).It was gathered that
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Nigerian equities lose N2.04 trillion
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Most Nigerian equities closed weekend at their lowest prices. A net loss of N139 billion in the four trading sessions last week worsened the net loss over the 11-month period to N2.04 trillion.Average year-to-date return depressed further to -17.17 per cent, exacerbated by average net capital depreciation of 1.18 per cent during the week.Investors have so far lost N288 billion this month, 164.2 per cent increase on N109 billion net capital loss recorded in October. November has seen increased po
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Private, public partnership key to bridging housing gap
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Long-term public-private partnerships can ease Nigerias housing crisis, the Founder/Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Nedcomoaks Limited, a real estate company, Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, has said.Okonkwo said the partnerships between private and public sector was key to improving housing gap in Nigeria.He underscored the power of collaboration in the housing sector and urged the government to play its role of driving the public-private partnership model in order to create affordable housing in Nigerias
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Smile gives customers SIM with data, free voice calls
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Smile Nigeria, at the weekend, took steps to further delight its teeming customers. It introduced All-in-One subscriber identity module (SIM) offer in a manner that customers could connect and enjoy free on net voice and video calls and best rates to call any local operator and affordable data plan on reliable network.The offer comes in an attractive N3, 000 package, which gives unlimited on-net calls, 250 minutes to call any local network, 250 SMS, 1.5GB data and zero roaming charges while abro
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Sekibo seeks human capital devt in banks
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Managing Director/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo has emphasised the importance of human capital development among workers of financial institutions.Speaking during a three-day annual Internal Control and Audit Conference, organised by Heritage Bank in Lagos, he said training acquired personally and arranged by corporate organisations for individuals are useful not only to the person but key to the corporation growth.He, however, advised workers participating in the conference to be ri
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Stock Exchange lauds PEARL Awards
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr Oscar Onyema has commended the PEARL Awards Nigeria for upholding the standard of the project for 22 years to become a reference point in the capital market.Onyema expressed this view when the Board of Governors of PEARL Awards Nigeria paid a courtesy visit to the management of the Exchange in Lagos. The Board of Governors of the Awards was led by Dr Farouk Umar.The Board was at the Exchange to brief the Self Regulatory Organisation of a
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SAHCO demands new fiscal regime for business
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Skyway Aviation Handling Company (Sahco) Plc is demanding a new fiscal regime that exempts investors in the ground handling and warehousing sub-sector of the aviation industry from paying Value Added Tax (VAT) as well as Custom duties on imported technology, machines and spare parts.Its Managing Director, Basil Agboarumi said such regime would trigger incentives to grow the ground handling, passenger ramp services and allied sub-sector in addition to creating jobs for Nigerians.Agboarumi said th
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Jaiz Bank deepens financial inclusion at Kano Fair
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Jaiz Bank Plc, the first non-interest bank in Nigeria, plans to deepen financial inclusion at 39th Kano International Trade Fair with its bespoke products and services.The bank promised to delight visitors as well as existing customers with value adding products such as agriculture financing, MSMEs financing, home finance in an ethically conforming standard.The bank will also present to the public the JaizMobile and also its unique USSD Code (*389*301#) for SMS banking that enables customers do
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Bambooksunveils largest digital library
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
A start-up company, Bambooks, has unveiled mobile application which it said is the countrys largest digital library.According to the firm, Bambooks offers users access to thousands of eBooks, magazines and comics from any internet connected device including mobile phones, tablets and computers. It also offers an affordable membership plan that gives users unlimited access to the library; with a N500/per month and an annual plan of N5,000/yearly, users can subscribe using their debit cards or ban
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