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APC, PDP renew attacks as campaigns take shape
Fri, 07 Dec 2018

Two issues will drive the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign for the 2019 elections, it was learnt yesterday.

The issues are:

the character of the contestants, including President Muhammadu Buhari; and
the Buhari administration’s achievements.
But the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is stressing restructuring as the magic pill for Nigeria’s ailments.

Its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar yesterday promised to initiate restructuring within the first six months should the party win the election.

He spoke in Ibadan at the opening of the PDP’s campaign in the Southwest.

In Abuja, the APC National Working Committee (NWC) met with its governorship candidates as a prelude to the take-off of its campaign.

A Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) is to be announced soon.

It will be led by Buhari, The Nation learnt yesterday.

APC National Publicity Secretary Lanre Issa Onilu said: “We are not worried, we are ready for the battle ahead. We will be focusing on two issues: the character of those who want to rule us and the difference APC has made in three and a half years in terms of achievements compared to 16 wasteful years of PDP.

“Our campaign is essentially going to be on stewardship. For three and a half years, we have been campaigning with our performance but we will lay these achievements before Nigerians.

“For every kilometre of road constructed, it is an indication that what PDP could not do in 16 years, we have done it. For every rail track laid and every megawatt of electricity added, we will render account and ask Nigerians to see the difference.”

On threats by Atiku to defeat Buhari and send him back to Daura, Onilu said: “I want to say that the 2019 poll is a no-contest because Atiku Abubakar is no match for Buhari.

“It will be too much of a risk for Nigerians to concede the right to govern this country to Atiku.

“ He is not even qualified to contest the election. Go and look at his antecedents. Just last week, he was taken to court over tax issues. He only recently paid the backlog of his taxes.

” Atiku should be concerned about Adamawa State because he will be defeated there. The presidential election will start and end in Adamawa for Atiku.”

 
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No oil-cuts deal as OPEC talks end
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Cut tough for NigeriaTHE Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has ended talks in Vienna without a deal on oil production cuts.The size of Russias contribution remained a sticking point before further talks today.Saudi Arabias Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said he was not confident of an agreement, after discussions of a combined one million barrel-a-day output reduction concluded without a consensus.That left the oil market dangling in uncertainty before non-OPEC allies joined 
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Chair: INEC ready for credible polls
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Barely two months to the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is prepared to conduct a credible exercise.The commission has slated February 16, 2019 for the presidential and National Assembly elections. March 2 is for the governorship elections in 27 states and 37 state assemblies as well as the FCT council election.Speaking yesterday after his meeting with the head of the European Union (EU) delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlson, INE 
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House okays June 12 as Democracy Day
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
PRO-JUNE 12 promoters won a major victory yesterday. The House of Representatives passed the bill to make June 12 a national holiday with the adoption of the report at the Committee of the Whole.When the bill is assented to by the President, subsequent June 12 anniversaries will become public holidays to commemorate democracy, while 29 May will only be celebrated every fourth year when there is inauguration of a new President.The proposed legislation titled: A bill for an act to amend the Public 
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Thugs disrupt TraderMoni in Ilorin
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
SUSPECTED Hoodlums yesterday invaded the Mandate Market in Ilorin, Kwara State, to disrupt the disbursement of money to beneficiaries of the TraderMoni.They scared away petty traders and agents of the scheme.As early as 9am, the suspected hoodlums stormed the Mandate Market, insisting that the TraderMoni scheme cannot be implemented in the market built on a land donated to the state government by the Senate President Bukola Sarakis father, the late Olusola Saraki.It was not clear whether they we 
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Court dismisses Evans suit challenging his detention
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, yesterday dismissed a fundamental rights enforcement appeal filed by suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans.Evans, in the twilight of his arrest and detention, approached a Federal High Court in Lagos, challenging his arrest and alleged detention beyond the time allowed by law, his continued detention without trial or arraignment within the time allowed by law and his subjection to media trial by the police.But on January 
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Our plan for hitchfree Yuletide, by FRSC, FERMA
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) are not taking lightly the Federal Executive Councils, FECs directive to ensure free flow of traffic during the Yuletide. Yesterday, the FRSC activated 201 mobile courts and unveiled plans to deploy 21,000 personnel for duty; FERMA identified 353 critical roads for repair . AUGUSTINE EHIKIOYA reports.THE Christmas and New Year festivities are around the corner again. To many Nigerians, the Yuletide is like a pr 
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Nigeria needs manpower development to improve productivity
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Acting Director-General of the Centre for Management Development (CND) Biturus Chinoko has said Nigeria needs manpower development to improve productivity in the public and private sector.He spoke yesterday at the 25th Annual Conference of Heads of Training and Development in Nigerias Public and Private Organisations, organised by CMD. The theme was: Emerging Trends in Learning and Development.According to Chinoko, thetraining was to develop manpower capacity for enhanced performance and improve 
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Well stand by the rules, says APC
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
THROUGH its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the rules would not be bent to suit the ambitions of anti-party elements.The party was reacting to the defection of 19 members of the Imo State House of Assembly. The members left the ruling party for the Action Alliance (AA).In statement, the partys spokesman said: It is a trend that started in Imo State. Those who wanted things differently and ensure the reign of impunity have engaged i 
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Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu in Presidential Campaign Council
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Determined to secure a second term ticket, President Muhammadu Buhari may head his partys Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) to drive his electioneering.The list of PCC members is being scrutinised by the President to give the campaign of the All Progressives Congress(APC) a bite.But the party leadership is seeking a central role from the President in the re-election campaign instead of allowing only the PCC to take over the process.He said Atiku is no match for Buhari by any yardstick.Some of 
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MTV Base stages Back to the 90s showpiece
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The 90s are coming back this December and Nigerias biggest names are definitely going to be there for it.Refreshed by Coca Cola, MTV Base is bringing back its famous Club MTV Base event and its taking things up a notch.The event, which holds on Saturday, December 8th at Quilox kicks off by 10pm, and will have in attendance some of the biggest names in the Nigerian entertainment industry.Nollywood star and Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim, 90s popstar, Olu Maintain, Musician LAX and one of UKs bi 
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Emmanuels agenda for industrialisation
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
A commentator, Borono Bassey, examines the achievements of Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel and why he deserves a second term.Sometime in September this year, I had visited the Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company in Onna, Akwa Ibom State for the purpose of seeing how I could strike a business deal for the Consulting Firm I work with. In the course of the visit, I got to learn that the Syringe Factory is set to expand its production capacity from the current volume of 350 to 400 million s 
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PDP aspirant calls for fresh primaries
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant Stanley Osifo has called for fresh primary.He said the partys candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was an imposition.Addressing a conference in Lagos, he said the primary that produced Atiku failed to follow laid down rules and regulations.Osifo said having obtained and fulfilled the requirements to enable him participate in the primary, the party denied him the opportunity.He said: There is no doubt; this is the height of impunity in the party. Before 
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What Southwest should learn from Osun
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Content analyze the headline grabbers of Rauf Aregbesolas gubernatorial years (2010-2018), and you can glean how news reportage under-develops the polity.If you focus on sensations and titillations, to the detriment of core developmental news, you are not only subverting a government striving to attain the Jeremy Bentham model of the greatest happiness of the greatest number, you are also frustrating a putative governmental model that could lift millions, of other Nigerians, from their misery.Th 
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Kashamu to PDP: dont present partys flag through backdoor
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has urged the national leadership to present the flag to him.A statement signed by Austin Oniyokor for the Kashamu/Abati Campaign Organisation reads:The attention of the Kashamu/Abati Campaign Organisation has been drawn to the surreptitious moves being made by some lawless members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to present the flag for the Ogun St 
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Allow EFCC to do its work Eyiboh tells AIbom govt
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress Campaign Organization in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Eseme Eyiboh has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to its work of fighting corruption.Reacting to the press statement issued by the Akwa Ibom State, through the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh on Thursday, Eyiboh described the state governments cry that it was been witch hunted as playing the ostrich .He said it was prepost 
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Osinbajo, South East APC governorship candidates meet in Aso Rock
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday evening met behind closed doors with some All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidates from the South East.The meeting, which was held at the Vice Presidents office, lasted for about two hours.Those at the meeting included the candidate for Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, candidate for Abia State, Uche Ogah, candidate for Enugu State, Ayogu Eze, and candidate for Ebonyi State, Sunny Ogbuoji.Read Also:High fertility rate a problem for Nigeria Osinbaj 
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2019: We are not part of Atikus endorsement SDP
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has distanced itself from Wednesdays endorsement of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar by Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) as consensus candidate for 2019 presidential election.SDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Mohammed Alfa who disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja, said the party already has a candidate, Mr Donald Duke whose name had been submitted to INEC for the 2019 election.Alfa said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party wou 
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PT candidate Olawepo-Hashim ahead on social media engagements
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, social media engagements on facebook, have indicated that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust (PT), Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has surpassed many other candidates in popularity.A rating conducted by an independent body in Abuja revealed that as of the 6thof December, 2018, Mr. Olawepo-Hashim had pushed President Muhammadu Buhari to a distant third position.An analysis of the facebook engagements on Thursday, showed that while the Presidential 
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We have not withdrawn from 2019 contest, says Lagos APC Assembly candidates
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Three candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into the Lagos state House of Assembly have raised an alarmed over an alleged forged signatures bearing their names on the withdrawal forms to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).They asked the electoral body not to entertain any forged documents bearing their signatures as they have not withdrawn from the contest.The APC candidates are Hon. Rauf Olawale Age-Sulaiman, contesting the state House of Assembly in Amuwo-Odofin C 
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Heineken showcases Africanism
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Heineken re-enacted its support for fashion at the Backyard Fashion Show held at the Backyard Bar and Grill, Victoria Island, Lagos.The event was themed Africanism.Attendees wore various afro-centric attires, showcasing exquisite and creative pieces.The theme intends to show reflective contemporary African styles and versatility that tell a story of Africas heritage and the African pride.The event witnessed teams of fashion designers, make-up artists, photographers and models who showcased the b 
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SPAR gets 14th store
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Oba of Lagos opens largest outlet in OpebiSPAR Nigeria has consolidated on her expansion with the opening of an outlet in Opebi, Lagos.The new outlet, which is the largest in Lagos, has sections, such as food and grocery, butchery &bakery, wine & spirit, fresh farm foods, frozen foods, laptops, mobile phones, and electronics products.SPAR Managing Director, Mr. Haresh Keswani, said: The newly commissioned store is the 14th in the country.With the opening, Keswani said SPAR now haseight s 
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NULGE: governors frustrating plans for local govt autonomy
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has accused the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) of frustrating plans for financial autonomy for local government.The union said at its 40th anniversary celebration in Abuja that the governors were opposing the passage of the council autonomy Bill. The forum, it said, was doing everything to truncate the peoples will on the matter.The unions President, Ibrahim Khaleel, said the leadership of the union had directed their members at the state le 
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itex expands range of services
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
itex Integrated Services Limited has announced plans to expand its range of services for the pan-African market.The innovative Fintech firm that designs and deploys secure solutions to diverse customers, also unveiled a new brand identity that reflects its growth and transformation.With the Federal Governments push for a cashless economy and the payment industrys shift towards electronic payments, itex has expanded its service offerings from payment channels to include PayVice, TAMS, Internet Pa 
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Smuggling hampering trade in West Africa
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Smuggling is affecting trade in the West African sub-region, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) President Mr. Mansur Ahmed has said.He stated this at a news conference with stakeholders at the ninth Trade Ministers Forum on West African Monetary Zone in Abuja.The theme of the forum was Harnessing intra-West Africa Monetary Zone (WAMZ) trade potential through value addition and diversification.Ahmed identified smuggling as a major challenge to West Africas free trade agreement, urging gov 
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Mining holds better revenue stability prospect
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The Federal Government has said the mining sector held better stable revenue prospect than oil.It said oil price is usually subject fluctuation in the international market which distorts budget planning in the country.Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige who spoke yesterday, said the price fluctuation scenario also causes confusion for the country in terms of projections.He said Nigerians needed to be encouraged to go into the mining sector especially in the area of precious stones to 
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NLC backs ASUU strike
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has thrown its weight behind the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike. It said the Federal Government and many state governments had resorted to bullying and draconian threats in dealing with industrial relations.In a statement by its Acting President, Comrade Lawal Dutsinma, NLC said the ASUU struggle for improved conditions of learning in public universities was not the first over which the government is issuing the No Work No Pay threat 
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Niger Assembly okays N1.5b loan
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
The Niger State House of Assembly has granted the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bellos request to access a N1.5 billion loan for the implementation of the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS).The request was granted after the presentation of the report of joint committees on finance and agriculture.The Joint Committees Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Mammagi, said the request was granted because the repayment cost was manageable and it would not be too much burden on the monthly cash f 
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At three, Molfix relishes successes
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
MOLFIX, from the stable of Hayat Kimya Nigeria, is three.Over the years, it has made its footprint known in the market. For example, at the Advertisers Association of Nigeria Marketing Excellence Awards in Lagos, it won the Brand of the Year Award,and came second with its first-ever corporate social responsibility (CSR) HAPPY MUMS, HAPPY FAMILIES CSR campaign.Its Marketing Manager Mrs. Roseline Abaraonye, said: Amid the highly cluttered and competitive environment, MOLFIX defied all odds and pla 
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Xizi brand of elevators unbeaten
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Emphasis on quality, efficient service delivery and affordability has ensured that Xizi brand of elevators and escalator equipment remained unbeaten in the market.Xizi Elevator is Chinas first class manufacturers of elevator and escalator equipment to boost industry users in Nigeria and the rest of Africa at affordable rate.The firm recently entered the elevator and escalator market via its partnership with Eliel Jerameal Nigeria Limited, allowing Jerameal to bring in the same quality as obtaine 
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