Today’s Leadership Newspaper Headlines Monday 21st January 2019

Today’s Leadership Newspaper Headlines Monday 21st January 2019

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You Lack Moral Right To Question INEC’s Credibility, PMB Tells OBJ
Mon, 21 Jan 2019

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President Muhammadu Buhari has questioned the credentials giving former President Olusegun Obasanjo the quality to sit in judgement over his administration, saying the former Nigerian leader lacks the moral right to query the credibility or otherwise of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair polls in the forthcoming general election.

For the umpteenth time, Obasanjo yesterday came hard on Buhari over his administration’s preparedness for the elections, alleging that the president was simply perfecting plans to rig the polls. Specifically, Obasanjo expressed doubt about INEC’s integrity in respect of the next general polls, declaring emphatically that Buhari was not ready to conduct free, fair and credible elections, but had been deceiving Nigerians. But President Buhari who fired back at the former president asked Nigerians to crosscheck properly whether Obasanjo, who had declared in 2007 that the election that brought the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua would be do-or-die, has any moral right to challenge INEC’s credibility under his administration. Speaking through his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the president said it was absurd for Obasanjo to sit in judgement over his administration.

Fielding questions at a live political programme in Channels Television last night, Adesina said, “INEC can always defend itself and I am sure they would. But then, imagine that kind of allegation coming from somebody who told us in 2007 that the election will be do-or-die. This is the same person who said (in 2007) that the election will be do-or-die and indeed it was do-or-die, and the beneficiary of that election came out to say ‘the election that brought me to power was marred in all respect’. “Now for that person to allege that (2019) elections are not going to be free and fair, were elections free and fair when he conducted his own? That is a question Nigerians must ask; Nigerians have not forgotten”.

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Not satisfied, the president in a statement issued last night by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the sixteen-page letter Obasanjo wrote to him and released yesterday afternoon is the last push by desperate politicians who can’t handle him politically and have resorted to subterfuge. He noted that his first message to the former president was that he needed a good doctor for good treatment and to tell him to “get well soon.” Shehu recalled that as repeatedly said of him, since Obasanjo left office in 1979, he has never let every succeeding leader of the country function freely, including “the one he personally handpicked against all known rules drawn up by the party that put him in the office of the President”.

“But Chief Obasanjo is jealous because President Buhari has more esteem than him and the sooner he learns to respect him the better. It is a notorious fact that in dealing with any leader that he failed to control, he resorted to these puerile attacks noting that as the grand patron, more correctly the grandfather of corruption as described by the National Assembly, Chief Obasanjo released today’s letter purely for the reason of rescuing his thriving corruption establishment”, the statement noted. Buhari reiterated that the 2019 elections which begin next month will be free and fair as he has rightly promised the nation and the international community.

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CCD Urges PMB To Sign Disability Bill Into Law
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Centre For Citizens with Disabilities has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Nigerian Disability Bill into law. Convener of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, David Anyaele, made the appeal during the weekend at a protest, held in Abuja. Anyaele said signing the bill into law would maximally boost human capital development and []The post CCD Urges PMB To Sign Disability Bill Into Law appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Ondo Reps Candidate Debunks Police Arrest
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The candidate for Idanre/Ifedore Federal constituency on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Tajudeen Adefisoye, has denied any arrest by police for a fraud-related offence. Adefisoye , popularly known as ‘Small Alhaji ‘,described the ill wish as a wicked desires of the opposition. In a statement issuez by the Head of his []The post Ondo Reps Candidate Debunks Police Arrest appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Wike’s Second Term Secured ‘ Cleric
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, the General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, has declared that the second tenure of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is secured. The cleric further declared that his 2014 endorsement of the governor still subsists because it has not been withdrawn, saying that Wike has []The post Wike’s Second Term Secured ‘ Cleric appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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INEC Plans To Use N-Power Beneficiaries As Returning Officers ‘ CUPP
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) plans to recruit beneficiaries of NPower social programme as adhoc staff for the 2019 general election. The spokesman of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in a statement said the commission, for the first time, decided to recruit and train ward []The post INEC Plans To Use N-Power Beneficiaries As Returning Officers ‘ CUPP appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian New
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Group Pledges To Mobilise 6 Million Votes For Atiku
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
A political pressure group linked to the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has promised to mobilise over 6million votes for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The group under the auspices of Coalition of Saraki Advocates for Atiku (COSAA) assured that it would mobilise support for the PDPs candidate []The post Group Pledges To Mobilise 6 Million Votes For Atiku appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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NYSC Directs Corps Members To Expose Vote Buying
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has charged corps members who will be serving as presiding officers during the upcoming general elections to expose act of vote buying in their polling units to security agents. State coordinator in Borno, Alhaji Rabiu Aminu said this yesterday at a sensitisation programme organised in Maiduguri by the Independent []The post NYSC Directs Corps Members To Expose Vote Buying appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Princewill To Wike: Stop Linking Amaechi To Onnoghen’s Travails
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has advised Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, to stop linking the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to the travails of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. He dismissed Wikes claims, regarding an alleged conversation between Amaechi and []The post Princewill To Wike: Stop Linking Amaechi To Onnoghens Travails appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian
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Task Before APC In Election Year
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
For all intents and purposes, 2019 will be an eventful year for the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) as the country marches to a defining general elections. ANDREW ESSIEN in this piece writes on some of the issues the party will have to deal with in the year under review. Last year was a busy []The post Task Before APC In Election Year appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Group Alerts Int’l Community Of Plan To Arrest Atiku, Others
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The International community has been called upon to pressurize President Muhammad Buhari to keep to promise made to British Prime Minister in 2018 to conduct free and fair elections as well as ensure liberty of his opponents. The call was made in a statement signed by the President of the Concerned Nigerian Patriots For A []The post Group Alerts Int’l Community Of Plan To Arrest Atiku, Others appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Nigeria Requires 11m Jobs Annually To Tackle Unemployment ‘ UN
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Nigeria needs to create 11 million jobs annually to address its youths unemployment challenge, the Regional Coordinator, United Nations Environment Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), Mr Richard Munang, has said. This is just as the President of EBAFOSA-Nigeria, Mr James Oyesola, declared that Nigeria needs to urgently tackle its rising youth unemployment []The post Nigeria Requires 11m Jobs Annually To Tackle Unemployment ‘ UN appeared first on Leadership Newsp
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Abiola’s Family Blasts Obasanjo Over June 12
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Family of the president-elect in the June1993 election, late Chief MKO Abiola yesterday berated former president Olusegun Obasanjo for refusing to recognise that their patriarch (late Abiola) won the election which was adjudged to be the freest in the history of Nigeria’s democracy. The family said the former president ignored sacrifices of late MKO and []The post Abiola’s Family Blasts Obasanjo Over June 12 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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NGO Honours Mbaka’s Foundation
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The national coordinator of Michelle Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development (MYISD), Michelle Onyeneke, has urged stakeholders and Federal Government to emulate the Emmanuel Mbaka Foundation on its strides toward nation building. Peter, popularly known as Princess Mimi, made this plea when MYISD presented an award to the the founder of Mbaka Foundation and urged all []The post NGO Honours Mbaka’s Foundation appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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You Must Scrap Security Votes, Immunity, SERAP Tells PMB, Atiku, Others
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to major presidential candidates for Nigeria’s February 16 election urging them to ‘publicly commit to revolutionary and innovative anti-corruption reforms in five key areas. SERAP in a statement signed by SERAP senior legal adviser Bamisope Adeyanju made available to journalists on Sunday listed []The post You Must Scrap Security Votes, Immunity, SERAP Tells PMB, Atiku, Others appeared first on Leader
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Executive, Legislative Feud Over Budget Affecting Lagos Economy ‘ AD
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Lagos State chapter of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) has decried the ongoing conflict between the state’s legislative and executive arms of government over the 2019 budget. The party in a statement signed by the state’s Chairman, Kolawole Ajayi, noted that the inability of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to nip the problem []The post Executive, Legislative Feud Over Budget Affecting Lagos Economy ‘ AD appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network
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108 Firms Get Approval To Provide Meters, Says Fashola
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has raised the hope of Nigerians towards ending crazy electricity billing with the announcement of approval for 108 firms to supply meters. Fashola said this during the continuation of his neighborhood consultations/campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to two wards in []The post 108 Firms Get Approval To Provide Meters, Says Fashola appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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JDPI Wants INEC To De-register 33 Political Parties
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been advised to deregister some political parties in the country, said to be non-performing and weak. The Justice Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI) of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti made the call in a letter dated January 12, 2019 and addressed to the INEC national chairman. JDPI premised []The post JDPI Wants INEC To De-register 33 Political Parties appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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FG Releases N9bn For Outstanding Scholarship Allowances
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Nigerian students on various federal government scholarship programme, home and abroad will heave a sigh of release as the federal government has released the sum of N9,752,000 aimed at clearing the backlog of scholarship allowances owed up till December, 2018. The minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who was speaking at the fourth ministerial briefing []The post FG Releases N9bn For Outstanding Scholarship Allowances appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Troops Kill 8 Insurgents In Fresh Baga Attack
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Army yesterday said its troops killed eight Boko Haram insurgents in a fresh encounter with the terrorists in Baga, Kukawa local government area of Borno. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement in Maiduguri, disclosed that troops of the Special Forces command on Saturday repelled the insurgents’ attack and []The post Troops Kill 8 Insurgents In Fresh Baga Attack appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Put Nigeria First, Bakare Tells PMB, Atiku, Others
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The presiding pastor, Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has urged presidential candidates to look beyond the 2019 elections and place the interest of the nation above their political interests. Bakare, who is also the convener of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), gave the advice in Lagos yesterday while delivering the 2019 State of the []The post Put Nigeria First, Bakare Tells PMB, Atiku, Others appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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CBN Assures Of Forex For Indigenous Companies
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reiterated its readiness to facilitate access to foreign exchange by Nigerian companies that wanted to import equipment to ease business growth in the country. The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said this on Saturday during an inspection of Dangote Refinery in Lagos. The refinery when it starts full []The post CBN Assures Of Forex For Indigenous Companies appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Guinness Nigeria Commends Fire Fighters, Others Over Fire Outbreak
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Corporate relations director, Guinness Nigeria Plc., Viola Graham-Douglas, has commended the Aba Fire Service, Police Departments as well as the community and neighbouring companies for their swift response and assistance in containing the fire that occurred recently at the Aba Plant. She disclosed that the fire, which did not affect any of the buildings on []The post Guinness Nigeria Commends Fire Fighters, Others Over Fire Outbreak appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Netwo
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Afreximbank Signs Facility To Boost Intra-African Investment
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has signed a facility agreement lending 170 million dollars to an Egypt-based conglomerate, Orascom Investment Holding (OIH), to assist the company expand its pan-African activities. Prof. Benedict Oramah, Afreximbank’s President, in a statement signed by the bank’s Head of Media, Mr Obi Emekekwue, on Friday in Abuja said the facility []The post Afreximbank Signs Facility To Boost Intra-African Investment appeared first on Leadership Newspap
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Failed e-Transactions: Report Defaulting Banks To Us ‘ CBN
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said any failed instant payment transaction not reversed into the customer’s account within 24 hours after complaint by the sender or beneficiary should be reported to CBN. The director, Consumer Protection Department, CBN, Mr Kofo Salam-Alada said this in an interview on Sunday in Abuja. The director recalled that []The post Failed e-Transactions: Report Defaulting Banks To Us ‘ CBN appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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9mobile Appoints Oki Chief Financial Officer
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
9mobile has announced the appointment of Phillips Oki as its new chief financial officer. Oki, emerged through a meticulous process that sought to identify the best fit for the towering requirements of the critical position, given the new phase of the business as it moves to explore new grounds of success. The new CFO brings []The post 9mobile Appoints Oki Chief Financial Officer appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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PenCom To Attract 60m Enrollees
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) is set to attract 60 million Nigerians in the informal sector to the pension scheme and hit N3 trillion assets growth. PenCom said the extension of the pension scheme to the informal sector was to ensure that all Nigerians have a good life at old age. The head, Research and []The post PenCom To Attract 60m Enrollees appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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