Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 15th December 2018

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 15th December 2018

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Electoral Bill: APC, PDP in verbal war
Sat, 15 Dec 2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to veto the Electoral Act Amendment Bill sparked a fresh verbal confrontation between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday.

While the APC alleged a plot by the PDP to hack into INEC’s data base if the bill had succeeded, the opposition party said its rejection by the President was part of the plans by the ruling party to rig the 2019 elections.

Speaking with reporters in Abuja yesterday, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekini Nabena, said the PDP was perfecting plans to use Russian agents to hack into the data base of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate the results of the 2019 elections.

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He said the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were insisting on the President signing the Electoral Act amendment bill into law because it would afford them the opportunity to carry out the plans they had hatched during their recent Dubai outing.

Some of the proposals in the 2018 Electoral Act amendment bill rejected by the President include electronic transmission of results, submission of list of candidates not earlier than 120 days before primary and not more than 90 days to election and ceding the power to order elections to the National Assembly instead of INEC, among others.

But Nabena wondered why the opposition party were afraid of using the 2015 Electoral Act for the elections when they were the ones that created it in the first place.

“Is it the APC that created the incident form?” Nabena queried

He alleged that complaint about the president not signing the electoral act was one of the strategies being employed by the PDP to create tension in the electoral process after failing to incite organised labour against the government over the minimum wage issue.

He said: “The electoral Act we are using now was created by the PDP.

“You created a bill and now you are afraid to use the bill that you created. Does that sound right?

“What the PDP is doing right now is playing out what they designed in Dubai.

“They started with inciting a strike from Labour on the minimum wage to cause problem in the country, it didn’t work.

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Osinbajo, Obi trade tackles at VP debate
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
In measured tones, All Progressives Congress Yemi Osinbajo and Peoples Democratic Partys Peter Obi tactically turned the vice presidential debate held in Abuja yesterday into a sparring match as they expressed their knowledge of the economy and other national issues.During the debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Osinbajo utilised his hands-on knowledge and involvement in running the nations economy to project a capacit
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How I deal with teases, sexual advancements from men
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Tofunmi Akinseye, publisher of Saavy, a magazine that tells the stories of celebrities, comes across as a go-getter. Tofunmi, a native of Ondo State and last child in a family of four, in this interview with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI, shares her experience on publishing, meeting celebrities and other issues. ExcerptsAside from being a celebrity storyteller, what other thing do you do or passionate about’I am quite passionate about a lot of things, whatever thing that contributes to self-growt
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States to access World Banks $750m loan, grant soon FG
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
The 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, will soon access World Banks $750 million loan and grant facility.A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance on Media and Communications, Paul Ella Abechi, said this was made known by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, while addressing the 7th Community of Practice (CoP) made up of state Commissioners of Planning and Budgeting in Abuja.Ahmed expressed optimism that states will continue wi
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CAF AWARDS: Iwobi, Oshoala, Ndidi lead Nigerias charge
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi is Nigerias only hope of winning the 2018 African Footballer of the Year Award as he made it to the final 10 nominees for the award after the duo of Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa were dropped from the initial 34 earlier released by CAF.Iwobi will have to contend with reigning champion Mohammed Salah, Gunners teammate Aubemeyang and of course, Senegals Saido Mane who are all favourites for the award.In the young player category, Super Eagles and Leicester City midfi
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I was stigmatised by my in-laws over delayed childbirth
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
For an upward period of eleven years, Mrs Ifeoma Theodore Jnr Ezeobi, an amiable writer and lover of adolescents and teenagers went through the ordeal of delayed childbirth. Because of this, and expectedly in a typical African setting where she is married to a first son, her in-laws stigmatized her. They called her names, made life excruciatingly difficult and distanced themselves from her. God finally showed her mercy, today, pretty and ebullient Ifeoma is a proud mother of a beautiful daughter
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People used to wonder what I was doing in catering business with a Ph.D
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Ibadan celeb caterer who has served presidents, governorsPastor Mrs Olufunmi Adegbile holds a Ph.D in Educational Technology. But she has been running Royal Spices, a delicacy catering service company that caters for people in the top echelon of the society for 27 years. A pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), she also sits atop Royal Spices Academy, training chefs for hotels, top rated restaurants and kitchens in the country. In this interview with BISI OLADELE and PELUMI IBRAH
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Ayades, Dukes bike gangs to clash at Carnival Calabaras final dry run holds
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
December 28, the D-day for the 2018 Carnival Calabar, may be days away, but the whiff of celebration is all around the ancient city of Calabar. The city is gradually tuning into festivity mode. This was very much apparent during the third and final dry run of the 2018 Calabar Carnival.From the Margaret Ekpo International Airport to the city centre, the buzz is on. Calabar residents have put on the charm to woo tourist visitors. Welcome Home is a common greeting method that a visitor gets on arri
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ZUMA 18: Filmmaker Femi Odugbemi bags Lifetime Achievement Award
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
The theme, Archiving for Creativity, resonated in all aspects of the just concluded Zuma Film Festival in Abuja, as organisers, the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) etched the names of some film industry veterans, including Femi Odugbemi, in its Movie Rock of Fame Award.The award ceremony, which held at the International Conference Center, Abuja, was the highpoint of the week-long festival.According to the Managing Director of NFC who doubled as chairman of the Zuma Film Festival Planning Committ
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Stop blame game, focus on development, Osinbajo tells governors
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday urged state governors and other stakeholders in the country to stop the blame game and focus on human capital development in their respective areas.He made the call during the launching of Human Capital Development Programme: Healthy, Educated and Productive Nigerians for a Globally Competitive Nation by 2030 at the extended National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.Advising them to resist playing politics w
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Stephanie Linus signs skin products contract
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Nollywood actress/humanitarian Stephanie Linus , has signed a new contract with a skincare manufacturing company as their brand ambassador.On why she accepted the offer, the actress said: Ill be honest with you, Ive battled with it all: dark spots, acne, discoloration, scarring. When I discovered Rodan + Fields skincare, their phenomenal regimens and luxurious products addressed each of these issues within weeks. Now I feel alive in my skin again and you can too.My journey to great skin has been
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Only 35 per cent of infrastructure developed in Abuja Minister
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammed Bello has revealed that only 35% of Abujas infrastructure has been developed.Bello said that the FCT was projected for 3.1 million population when fully built within a projected 25 years period.He added that Abuja presently Abuja is the 4th largest city in the Country and one of the fastest growing cities in Africa with over 2.75 million population squeezed within just two phases of the planned five phases.Speaking at the 2018
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Tinubu never imposed Adelabu on me, Ajimobi insists
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi has said that the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju did not impose the party governorship flagbearer in the 2019 election, Mr Adebayo Adelabu,on him or the state.Reiterating that it was Gods guidance and leading that resulted in the emergence of the partys choice, Governor Ajimobi said the opposition partys flagbearer making the insinuation should be more worried about a non-Yoruba in the person of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democra
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Wike pledges conducive environment for business in Rivers
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
The Rivers Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has pledged his administrations commitment to continue to provide enabling environment for business to thrive in the state.The governor made the pledge on Friday in Port Harcourt when the National Association of Hotel operators paid him a courtesy visit.He said that plans were underway to transform Rivers into a business haven, in a bid to boost the economy of the state.Wike, however, said that there was need for government to inter face with the hotel ope
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Davido, others to perform at Face of Okija
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
The fifth edition of the Face Of Okija which will have another biennial King And Queen will have Davido headline it. Other acts such as Ogbuoja Ndi Igbo, Ohafia War Dance, Hunters Dance by Obi Troop and Voix Celestes will be performing too.There would also be cultural performances such as Nkpokiti dancers, Atilogwu dancers, and Igbo Jaa Ogene Group and organisers have said that this years event will be different from the previous four.This Pageant is one of its kind and produces the finest young
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Oil communities must benefit from 13% derivation fund Buhari
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that oil and gas resources producing communities receive the 13 per cent derivation fund.The president made the pledge when he received the Board of Trustees of the Host Communities of Nigeria producing Oil and Gas (HOSCON) led by its Chairman, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.Buhari said that his administration would ensure that the 13 per cent derivati
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Nse Ikpe-Etim: All I want is to live in happiness and pure truth
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Known as an actress who delivers her role with skilled professionalism, Nse Ikpe-Etim, has said it is ignorant to expect all women to become mothers.She stated this in one of her inspirational thought for the week.A woman is a person, she started.A person who can decide what she wants to do with her body or her time. So, it is extremely ignorant to expect all women to eventually be mothers. There are many reasons why a woman may not have children.Infertility is more common than we know and to im
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Delta is for APC to lose in 2019 Aregbesola
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
The Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) South-South Zone, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has boasted of his party chances in the Delta gubernatorial election in 2019, sayingDelta State is for our party to take.He appealed to the party faithful to sheathe their sword and embrace peace to claim the governorship position in 2019.He spoke in Asaba, Delta State Capital on Friday at a reconciliation meeting between the various factions in the party in the S
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Nigeria suffered major infrastructural deficit in PDP`s 16 years of rule Osinbajo
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria suffered major infrastructural deficit in the 16 years of the Peoples Democraty Partys (PDP) rule.He stated this on Friday in Abuja at the 2019 Vice Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group in collaboration with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Civil Society Organisations.He added that corruption is the major course of the country`s current challenges which must be tackled head-on.The said the country`s Gross D
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Nigerians everywhere deserve healthy, productive lives Osinbajo
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, says Nigerians everywhere deserve to live healthy, educated and productive lives regardless of where in Nigeria they reside, what God they worship or language they speak.Osinbajo said this on Friday in Abuja while addressing the extended National Economic Council (NEC) meeting with focus on Human Capital Development (HCD) held at the State House Banquet Hall.The theme of meeting was Achieving Nigerias Visions for Human Capital Development.The vice president said tha
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Adunni Ade becomes ghetto whore
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Ross-over actress Adunni Ade has shared a new side of herself on the set of Ghetto Whore, where she played the role of Osanle.Relating her experience on Instagram, she wrote: My eyes is pushing me. I pago for the first time! Was gonna go extra emotional on this post but All I wanna type out to every being reading is Keep Pushing! The World may reject you, crusify you, mock you, doubt you but never doubt yourself. Stay true to yourself. You can do and achieve it all for as long as you have breath
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VP Debate: Why we cant remove oil subsidy
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday explained why the Federal Government cannot afford to remove the oil on fuel subsidy.He spoke at the Vice Presidential debate of the 2019 election held in Abuja.He said the pump price of fuel could go up to as much as N220 if the subsidy is removed.He said, If petroleum subsidy is removed, the price of fuel could go up as high as N220 per litre. There is no country in the world that does not run one subsidy or the other. If you have a petrol subsidy, and I
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Face of Candycity Queens bag NAESIM awards
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Current Face of CandyCity, Wendy Efele and Face of CandyCity 2015 Onyinye Ilechukwu have recently won the Emerging Queen of the year and Most Enterprising South East Queen of the year respectively at NASEIM in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.The awards were received on their behalf by former Face of CandyCity Tourism, Queen Pet Chika now Mrs Pet Chika Afugbuom.The CEO face of CandyCity, Oforma Divine, thanked organisers of NAESIM for deeming the queens fit for the awards, saying that the special rec
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Buhari challenges governors on infrastructure development
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
President Buhari has challenged state governors to redouble efforts in addressing infrastructure deficiencies in their respective states to revamp the nations economy.The Chairman of the Governors Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, said the president stated this at a closed door with the 36 State Governors of the federation in Abuja.He said: Mr President, as usual, responded by telling us that the economy is in a bad shape and we have to come together and think and rethink on way f
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2019: Five candidates partake in VP debate
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Featuring were Ganiyu Galadima of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN); Khadija Abdullahi-Iya of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), and incumbent Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The other two were Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Umma Getso of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).In his opening statement, Galadima said and urged Nigerians to look at the candidates and their manifestos to make informed choices at the polls.Abdullahi-Iy
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Nigerias security challenges are surmountable
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
The Air Officer Commanding, Mobility Command, Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Napoleon Bali, has stated that Nigerias security challenges are surmountable.He also insisted that a peaceful country is needed, in order to witness progress and development in Nigeria.AVM Bali, who was the special guest of honour, stated these at the Naval College, Onne, in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State in the Niger Delta.The colourful event was the ceremonial su
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StarTimes plans blockbuster movies for Yuletide
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
In a bid to deliver unmatched entertainment to its subscribers during the Christmas season, StarTimes is rolling out blockbuster movies from Nollywood and in local languages all through December and January 2019.According to the pay-tv company, there are more than 100 blockbuster movies from some of the best producers in Nollywood in Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages.Some of the movies include Last Date, Enigma, Blind Spot, Friendship Betrayal and Criminals In Love, all showing on ST Nollywood Pl
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Kelly Anthony shows opulence in Elevate
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Nigerian-Canadian artiste, Kelly Anthony is out with a suggestive song, Elevate, which he says was inspired by his career growth.In this life, its like people dont like to see others succeed and grow in life, says the crooner of Unstoppable (May 2018), and Maye (September 2018).The singer who says he speaks for himself and his surroundings, disclosed: I lost a lot of friends in my life as God blessed me, adding that, People became extremely envious of me as things started to change in my life fo
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Bashorun Asika Foundation supports study of Mathematics
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Worried by the decline in the study of Mathematics and the applied sciences, Bashorun Hon. Asika Ogieh, has through his Foundation, the Bashorun ASIKA FOUNDATION, set up the BIQ Show.The BIQ Show is a platform established by the foundation to revive the declining interest in the study of Mathematics and Applied Sciences among students in the secondary schools in Nigeria.Fashioned in line with the award-winning Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, the BIQ SHOW is primarily aimed at developing the intel
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Three Crowns Mom of the Year winners jet off to Dubai on all-expense paid trip
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
The 2018 Three Crowns Mom of the Year winners have departed Lagos for a four day all-expense paid trip to Dubai. The three winners areMrs. JenniferMenakaya Ikono, Mrs. Pauline Pambolo Daniel and Adaobi Okonkwo.The Trip to Dubai is the Grand Prize of the annual Three Crowns Mom of the Year campaign. And this year, three, instead of just one, Grand Prize winners emerged to commemorate Three Crowns 30th anniversary in Nigeria.The lucky winners were joined on the Dubai trip by three members of their
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