Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Friday 4th January 2019

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Friday 4th January 2019

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PDP Kicks as INEC Names Buhari’s Niece Head, Presidential Election Collation Centre

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Fri, 04 Jan 2019

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday instigated what a political observer described as ‘’harsh and rash conversations’’ about doubts over its neutrality in the forthcoming general elections with the appointment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece, Mrs. Amina Zakari, as the chairperson of the Presidential Election Collation Committee.

The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and some other stakeholders immediately described Zakari’s appointment as an outright manipulation, challenging the president to excuse his niece if he is actually committed to free, fair and credible elections.

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The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who had consistently maintained that he was committed to credible elections, disclosed the appointment of Zakari while inaugurating two ad-hoc committees, as part of the commission’s determination to ensure seamless preparations for the general election.

He said the commission decided to set up the committees to drive important component of the electoral process, adding that the first committee would be responsible for logistics, while the second committee would be responsible for collation of presidential election results.

Yakubu noted that the commission was aware that the conduct of general election is the biggest and the most complex logistics operations that a nation could undertake.

According to him, “Sensitive and non-sensitive materials procured by the organisation must be delivered to almost 200,000 locations nationwide, ranging from the polling units, to the various wards, to local government, states and the national collation centres for the 1,558 constituencies in which elections will be conducted.”

The chairman stressed that for the general elections, the electoral logistics committee would be responsible for coordinating logistics, as well as the clearance and transportation of electoral materials to various locations nationwide.

“At the end of the elections, sensitive materials will be retrieved from the same locations. The same process will be repeated for each of the two phases of the 2019 general elections; namely the Presidential and National Assembly elections holding on 16th February, and Governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area council elections holding on the 2nd of March,” the INEC boss said.

Yakubu said the committee includes relevant security agencies whose roles are clearly defined in section 29(3) of the electoral Act 2010 as amended.

The composition of the electoral logistics committee include some national commissioners, AVM Hamed Muazu (rtd), Engr. Abubakar Lamuche, and Mallam Muhammed Haruna.

Others include, the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Services, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force, Director Electoral Operations and Logistics Department of INEC; Director Estate Works and Transport, INEC; Director Procurement, INEC; and Director Stores, INEC, as the Secretary of the committee.

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Yari Offers to Step Down over Banditry in Zamfara
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Police deploy more units in Katsina Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Barely 24 hours after 18 persons were killed in two communities by bandits in Zamfara State, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Thursday in Abuja reiterated his support for call for declaration of state of emergency in the state, saying he was willing to vacate his seat if []The post Yari Offers to Step Down over Banditry in Zamfara appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Weak Dollar, Saudi Supply Cuts Push Oil Price to $55
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Ejiofor Alike with agency reports After early slide, crude oil prices rebounded Thursday as dollar weakness and signs of production cuts by the world’s top crude exporter, Saudi Arabia, eased concerns about excess supply in the global market. The dollar was said to have added support as it slipped against a basket of currencies, making []The post Weak Dollar, Saudi Supply Cuts Push Oil Price to $55 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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President Tells Labour Not to Distract Him from Fixing Infrastructure
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja appealed to organised labour to allow his administration concentrate on its efforts to fix infrastructure in the country and avoid distracting it. Labour had threatened to embark on nationwide protest next Tuesday over the refusal of the president to send National Minimum Wage Bill with []The post President Tells Labour Not to Distract Him from Fixing Infrastructure appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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NAF Confirms Deaths of Pilot, Co-pilot, Three Others in Crashed Helicopter
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Military chiefs pay condolence visit Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The pilot, co-pilot and three other crew members of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter that crashed on Wednesday while providing air support for ground troops in Damasak, Borno State, were confirmed dead Thursday. NAF had issued a statement on Wednesday, []The post NAF Confirms Deaths of Pilot, Co-pilot, Three Others in Crashed Helicopter appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Gunmen Kill Six in Fresh Plateau Attack
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Seriki Adinoyi in Jos A former local government council lawmaker, Mr. Sunday Bulle, and five other persons were on Wednesday night shot dead by gunmen who attacked Kwata Community in Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State. Bullet recently relocated to Kwata community to escape the series of attacks in his native Lobirin []The post Gunmen Kill Six in Fresh Plateau Attack appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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IATA Projects Global Industry Profit of $35.5bn in 2019
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Chinedu Eze The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has projected that the global airline industry net profit will hit $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly above the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018. This was revised down from $33.8 billion that was forecast in June last year. The factors expected to drive the projection of []The post IATA Projects Global Industry Profit of $35.5bn in 2019 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Miyetti Allah Accuses Atiku of Trying to Destabilise Nigeria
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has accused the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of trying to destabilise Nigeria using the latest Amnesty International (AI)’s report on the killing of farmers by herdsmen. The Fulani herders therefore, urged Nigerians to reject Atiku in the February16 presidential election. The National []The post Miyetti Allah Accuses Atiku of Trying to Destabilise Nigeria appeared first on THISD
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Zedcrest Capital Appoints Banzi Group Head, Marketing, Brand Communications
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
New-age financial solutions powerhouse, Zedcrest Capital Limited has announced the appointment of Adebowale Banzi as its Group Head, Marketing and Brand Communications. In a statement obtained on Thursday, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Adedayo Amzat, stated that the appointment was in line with the company’s growth strategy aimed at creating more wealth for its clients. []The post Zedcrest Capital Appoints Banzi Group Head, Marketing, Brand Communications appeared first on THI
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I Won’t Disappoint You, Buhari Tells Nigerians
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Inaugurates women, youth presidential campaign team Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said he appreciated the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians from different walks of life, assuring that ‘I won’t disappoint.’ The president has also inaugurated the newly constituted Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team with a charge to drive []The post I Won’t Disappoint You, Buhari Tells Nigerians appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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