Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 13th December 2018

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 13th December 2018

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Presidency Goes for Broke, Knocks Obasanjo, Says He’s Confused
Thu, 13 Dec 2018

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The presidency was full of harsh words for former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, dismissing his recent utterances on President Muhammadu Buhari and his government as unworthy of credible consideration, and an evidence that the former president was confused.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, presidential spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, said whoever Obasanjo chose to support in the 2019 elections was irrelevant, as the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter several times over the past few months.

He said, “Former President Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day. When it pleases him, he brings God into the matter and uses that as his excuse for whatever position he has chosen.”

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Shehu added that he was not surprised that newspapers reported Obasanjo expressing neutrality at a weekend forum, only for the former president to take a completely different position after a day or two.

“We have learnt not to take his utterances seriously anymore. We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again. After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,” Shehu said.

Obasanjo had last week rapped Buhari, saying the president was heading an incompetent and corrupt government that must be changed in 2019.

The former had since declared support for the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, contending that he was the best choice in the circumstances that the nation had found itself.

In a related development, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), yesterday expressed concern over Obasanjo’s “indecorous” and “undignified” criticisms of Buhari, saying while the former president was entitled to criticise and campaign against the re-election bid of the president, he shouldn’t be pedestrian in doing that.

Obasanjo was reported to have denied being neutral in the choice of who emerges as president of Nigeria in the impending 2019 presidential election, stating that he would not sit on the fence when he needs to be out and active for people to know where he stands in the best interest of the country.

According to a statement by his media aide, Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo had said, “Only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious.”

However, reacting to the statement in a chat with newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Adamu stated, “Chief Obasanjo is pushing his luck too far by using indecorous language in criticising the president.

He wondered what Obasanjo’s record in Office was when he ran the country first from February 1976 to October 1979, and subsequently from May 1999 to May 2007.

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APC ‘ll Pay Dearly in Oyo for Defrauding Me, Shittu Threatens
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has threatened to work against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, at the February elections. Shittu who lost in the race for the governorship ticket said without restitution, there won’t be peace in the APC. The National Working []The post APC ‘ll Pay Dearly in Oyo for Defrauding Me, Shittu Threatens appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Fashola Urges Court to Dismiss Falana’s Suit Seeking to Compel FG to Fix Oshodi-Apapa Road
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
We can’t solve Apapa’s gridlock alone, LASG insists Gboyega Akinsanmi The Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has urged a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to dismiss the fundamental rights suit filed by the leading human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, challenging the failure of []The post Fashola Urges Court to Dismiss Falana’s Suit Seeking to Compel FG to Fix Oshodi-Apapa Road appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Buhari’s Minister Resigns, Becomes Emir of Nasarawa
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Shola Oyeyipo in Abuja The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril, has tendered his resignation from the federal cabinet to assume duties as the 13th Emir of Nasarawa Emirate in Nasarawa State. The federal minister-turned traditional ruler who arrived for yesterday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, was dressed []The post Buhari’s Minister Resigns, Becomes Emir of Nasarawa appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Senate Passes Bill for Establishment of South East Development Commission
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Okays six-man NDIC board Wants Kaduna airport named after Abba Kyari Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Senate Wednesday passed the Bill for the establishment of South East Development Commission as a catalyst to develop the commercial potentials of the geo-political zone. The upper chamber of the National Assembly also confirmed the appointment of Mrs. Ronke []The post Senate Passes Bill for Establishment of South East Development Commission appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Agbaje: Business Community Threatened Not to Donate to My Campaign
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Says Tinubu, APC paying lip service to democracy Olawale Olaleye The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Wednesday, said the ‘powers-that-be’ in the state had been threatening the business community not to donate to his campaign otherwise they would be sanctioned. Speaking at a meeting with select journalists []The post Agbaje: Business Community Threatened Not to Donate to My Campaign appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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APC Asks Supreme Court to Sack Tambuwal
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Alex Enumah in Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to sack Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on the grounds that the election that produced him as the party’s candidate in 2014 was marred with irregularities. Counsel to the APC, Abduganiyu Arobo, in a new twist to the appeal seeking []The post APC Asks Supreme Court to Sack Tambuwal appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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ECOWAS Court Bars NBC from Censoring Political Broadcast
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Alex Enumah in Abuja The Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Court of Justice has barred the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) from censorship of political programmes by broadcasting stations across the country. The ECOWAS Court’s verdict, which was delivered Tuesday in Abuja came more than three years after []The post ECOWAS Court Bars NBC from Censoring Political Broadcast appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Buhari, Okowa, Sultan Call for Unity at Olu of Warri’s Anniversary
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday affirmed that peace is very vital for a progressive country to be achieved. They spoke at the third coronation anniversary celebration of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli. The event took place at the Olu Palace, []The post Buhari, Okowa, Sultan Call for Unity at Olu of Warri’s Anniversary appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG Blames N’Assembly for Delay in 2019 Budget Presentation
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
Shola Oyeyipo in Abuja The federal government has attributed the delay in the presentation of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari to the failure of the National Assembly to provide a date for the presentation. This position was made known by the Minister of Budget and Planning, Udoma Udoma, who briefed State House Correspondents []The post FG Blames N’Assembly for Delay in 2019 Budget Presentation appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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