Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines Monday 4th February 2019

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Monday 4th February 2019

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Northern, N’Delta Elders, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Others Endorse Atiku
Mon, 04 Feb 2019

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Less than two weeks to the presidential poll, a forum of Nigerian leaders and elders yesterday resolved to back the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The third edition of the Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders with the theme: ‘The Search for Credible, Free and Fair Elections,’ which took place in Abuja, had in attendance the Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi; Leader of Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clarke; Leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo; and President of Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Dr. Bitrus Pogu.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the five-hour summit and read by the spokesman of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the leaders emphasised that they adopted Atiku as the consensus candidate for the office of president “as he has demonstrated the deep understanding of the critical needs of the country at this time and possesses the capacity to proffer clear solutions in that respect.”

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They, therefore, called on all Nigerians, irrespective of religious or ethnic background to stand in unison and vote for Atiku on Saturday, February 16 and ensure that they defend their votes.

The leaders stated that they settled for Atiku because he has a clear understanding of the nation’s security challenges and a strong will and commitment to tackle them decisively and comprehensively as “he is also capable, intelligent, physically and mentally alert person that will once more restore Nigerian international standing and respect.”

The forum noted that several of the younger candidates, who presented themselves for the presidential election, demonstrated great capacity and promise to lead this country creditably and ensure that it engenders proper social and economic development to its people.

“However, most of these qualified younger candidates do not, at present, have the machinery and structures to win a presidential election in Nigeria at present,” the groups stated.

According to the communiqué: “Having closely followed the competition for mandates within the various political parties as well as the campaigns for the votes of Nigerians so far, including four weeks of close interactions and interviews with nearly all the aspirants for the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the various parties, we make the following observations:

“The forthcoming elections are vital to our desire to live together in a democratic nation that reflects our aspirations, of peaceful co-existence, mutual respect, practice of true federalism.

“There is solid national and international consensus that the 2019 elections must be credible and improve on the quality of the 2019 elections;

“There is assurance from INEC of its willingness and ability to conduct free and fair elections, but it must be watched very closely and supported to set new, higher standards in election management and that undue pressure from any quarters does not truncate its efforts.”

The groups explained that political and security environments are central to the conduct of credible and peaceful elections, saying so far, the pronouncements of major contenders regarding the use of violence and willingness to accept outcome of credible elections is being severely tested in practice.

They said the disposition of state agents that have responsibility for securing the votes has also been a major source of concern.

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Report: Relaxing CRR May Unlock N1.7tn Bank Deposits
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
By Obinna Chima Analysts at RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers have estimated that the normalisation of the effective cash reserve ratio (CRR) for six Nigerian banks, namely Access Bank, FBN Holdings, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC, United Bank of Africa and Zenith Bank Plc ‘ has the potential to release N1.7 trillion of deposits into []The post Report: Relaxing CRR May Unlock N1.7tn Bank Deposits appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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APC Targets North-west, South-west for Bulk Votes
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has said the party and President Muhammadu Buhari are targeting bulk votes from states in the North-west and South-west zones of the country due to their strength and dominance in the areas, which have the largest number of voters in the country. []The post APC Targets North-west, South-west for Bulk Votes appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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INEC: Foreigners Not Prohibited from Political Campaigns
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified that there is no law that prevents foreigners from coming to Nigeria to campaign for political candidates ahead of the forthcoming general election, noting, however, that they cannot contest or vote during the elections. This is coming as the Plateau State Commissioner []The post INEC: Foreigners Not Prohibited from Political Campaigns appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Falana Asks FG to Withdraw Case against Onnoghen
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
Govt plans to harass, intimidate 200 judges, Wike alleges By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has advised the federal government to withdraw the criminal charges filed against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen. The admonition came as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday revealed that []The post Falana Asks FG to Withdraw Case against Onnoghen appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Falana Asks FG to Withdraw Case against Onnoghen
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
Govt plans to harass, intimidate 200 judges, Wike alleges By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has advised the federal government to withdraw the criminal charges filed against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen. The admonition came as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday revealed that []The post Falana Asks FG to Withdraw Case against Onnoghen appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Concerns Mount over Decision to Fly Osinbajo on Commercial Helicopter
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
NAF: We don’t know why decision was taken’God, Adeboye’s prayersdelivered me, says VP By Kingsley Nwezehin Abuja andYekini Jimohin Lokoja There are growing concerns over the decision by the authorities to fly Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on a private aircraft as against the official aircraft from the presidential fleet that normally conveys him to his []The post Concerns Mount over Decision to Fly Osinbajo on Commercial Helicopter appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Collect Bribe, Go to Jail, INEC Warns Staff
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday warned its staff against collecting inducements from anyone during the forthcoming general election. The electoral body also said that the results of the elections will be collated and transmitted manually throughout the country. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, told journalists in []The post Collect Bribe, Go to Jail, INEC Warns Staff appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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12 Die in Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway Accident
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
No fewer than 12 persons were confirmed dead yesterday in an accident involving a black Kia Cerato car and a grey Toyota Sports space bus around Shiun area on Abeokuta/Sagamu Expressway. The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun State, Mr. Clement Oladele, confirmed the incident to journalists in Abeokuta. Oladele, who said that []The post 12 Die in Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway Accident appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Senator Waku is Dead
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
By George Okohin Makurdi Senator Joseph Kennedy Waku is dead. According to a family Source Senator Waku died yesterday evening at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness. Born on June 12, 1946, Senator Waku was elected Senator representing Benue North-west district at the National Assembly in 1999, on the platform of the []The post Senator Waku is Dead appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Army Appoints New GOC, Commanders
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
By Kingsley Nwezehin Abuja The Nigerian Army weekend released new postings and appointments of some of its senior officers. Under the new postings, Major General AA Tarfa, the Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery, has been redeployed to Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership Peacekeeping Centre, as Commandant. According to a statement issued by Brig. Gen. []The post Army Appoints New GOC, Commanders appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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