Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines Friday 8th February 2019

Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines, Friday 8th February 2019

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APC, PDP to split Gombe’s 1.3m votes
Fri, 08 Feb 2019

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However, while Atiku may like to get an upper hand in all the states, analysts believe that his interest in winning overwhelmingly in Taraba and Gombe, and to a greater extent in Adamawa, his state of origin, cannot be overemphasised.

In Gombe for instance, the PDP has been the ruling party for a record 16 years without interruption. The party came to power in 2003 when Danjuma Goje wrested power from late Gov. Abubakar Habu Hashidu of the defunct ANPP, and since then, it continued to hold sway.

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There was a time in the state that all political office holders: the governor, three senators, six House of Representatives members, 24 state legislators, 11 local government chairmen and 114 councilors were from the PDP.

Virtually all the development projects in the state: roads, three universities, colleges of nursing and midwifery and legal and Islamic studies, a polytechnic, airport, among several others, were constructed during PDP administration.

As such, despite stiff opposition in the North over the emergence of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as PDP presidential candidate against the interest of the region in 2011, the party was able to get more than the required 25 per cent votes from Gombe State.

Jonathan scored 290,347 votes against Muhammadu Buhari of the CPC then, who got 459,898.

Also, in 2015, despite the APC ‘tsunami’ that swept northern states, the PDP was able to retain the governorship seat two weeks after people of the state massively voted for President Buhari of the APC.

During the 2015 presidential polls, the state was divided along ethnic and religious lines, hence Jonathan got only 96,873 votes while Buhari scored 361,245.

However, for the 2019 elections, both Atiku and Buhari are from the same ethnic and religious faith, and therefore, the election is expected to be a keen contest.

There are 1,394, 856 registered voters as released by INEC with 94,372 uncollected PVCs in Gombe State.

Prior to the coming of the APC-led administration in 2015, people of the state; being neighbours to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where insurgency was at its peak, were living under perpetual fear of Boko Haram attacks.

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ACPN to drag Ezekwesili to court over party funding
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has asked its former Presidential candidate for this year’s election and former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, to return of all monies generated during her short stint with the party, or face court action. The National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, told newsmen on Thursday []The post ACPN to drag Ezekwesili to court over party funding appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Don’t set Nigeria ablaze, Jonathan cautions politicians
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has asked politicians in the country not to allow their ambition lead to struggles that would set Nigeria on fire, but put the nation first in whatever they do politically. Speaking at a one-day Peace Conference organized by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation on Thursday in Abuja, the former president said the []The post Dont set Nigeria ablaze, Jonathan cautions politicians appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SDP adopts Buhari, to work with APC govt after 2019 elections
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate at the February 16 election. The SDP adopted President Buhari at the end of its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on Thursday in Abuja. The NEC meeting was attended by Prof. Tunde Adeniran, SDP []The post SDP adopts Buhari, to work with APC govt after 2019 elections appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Buhari campaign team mobilises ahead of presidential rally in Kwara
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Kwara state for the APC presidential campaign rally, the Buhari Campaign Organisation has started mobilising and sensitising the electorates to warmly receive the president. The patron of the organisation, Alhaji Yakubu Gobir, who led the team said they are doing that to sensitise Kwarans on the planned visit []The post Buhari campaign team mobilises ahead of presidential rally in Kwara appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Fire razes 70 shops in Kano market
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Kano State Fire Service said fire has destroyed 70 temporary shops at Yan’Katako Market in Rijayar Lemo area of Kano. The Spokesman of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Thursday. The spokesman said 30 of the shops were completely razed []The post Fire razes 70 shops in Kano market appeared first on Daily Trust.
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House of Reps starts investigations into activities of PENCOM
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The House of Representative has started investigations into the activities of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) from April 2017 to date on the alleged violation of the Act establishing the commission. The investigation began on Thursday in Abuja with a public hearing was organisaed by Ad hoc Committee of the house. The Speaker of the []The post House of Reps starts investigations into activities of PENCOM appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Petroleum industry outlook post 2019 elections
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
In few days’ time, Nigerians will go to poll to elect the next president of the country. The main contenders remain the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, and Abubakar Atiku, a former vice president. Despite the talk about diversification, it is highly unlikely that the country’s petroleum sector loses its relevance as the main driver of the []The post Petroleum industry outlook post 2019 elections appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Are Nigerians mentally normal
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
When on March 24, 2015, a German wings plane, flight 9525 crashed, into the Swiss Alps, killing all 150 passengers on board, aviation investigators never imagined that the reason the plane crashed was because the co-pilot himself had deliberately crashed the plane. Andrea Lubtiz, the co- pilot , unknown to his employers had been declared []The post Are Nigerians mentally normal’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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BCDA and the maladies of campaign
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The campaign season should be a period of review and assessment of performance of political parties and their elected members with a view to gaining the support of the masses to remain in power or indeed to come into power, displacing the incumbent. It is a period of criticism and contentious engagement between leading politicians. []The post BCDA and the maladies of campaign appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FG, FCT land tussle throws 360 children out of school
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
At least 360 pupils of LEA Primary School in Wuye, Abuja are stranded with no place of learning after their school roof was ordered removed on Wednesday. The school is the only public primary school zoned into Wuye district, but has been running in makeshift buildings on a land marked as the permanent site for []The post FG, FCT land tussle throws 360 children out of school appeared first on Daily Trust.
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ASUU suspends 3-month old strike, as lecturers resume work tomorrow
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its three month old strike and directed all lecturers to resume work tomorrow. ASUU President, Abiodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this on Thursday evening in Abuja after reaching an agreement with the federal government’s delegation led by the minister of Labour, Chris Ngige. He said the strike was []The post ASUU suspends 3-month old strike, as lecturers resume work tomorrow appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FCTA orders investigation into Kuje school child abuse allegation
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Education Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration ((FCTA) has ordered an internal investigation into the alleged child abuse at the Abuja School for the Deaf in Kuje Area Council. In a statement on Wednesday, the Assistant Director (Information) of the secretariat, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, expressed concern over the allegation. Mr. Ogunleye said, ‘The []The post FCTA orders investigation into Kuje school child abuse allegation appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Play roles to enhance peaceful polls, FCT minister tells civil servants
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, has called on civil servants in the territory to play roles that will promote peaceful elections in the territory. Bello, represented by the acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Hajiya Safiya Umar, made the call at a sensitisation of stakeholders ahead of the general elections organised by the []The post Play roles to enhance peaceful polls, FCT minister tells civil servants appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Man pleads guilty for criminal trespass, begs for leniency
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
A 22-year-old man, Sani Salisu, of Jabi Motor Park, Abuja, on Wednesday, begged a Karmo Grade I Area Court to reduce his punishment after pleading guilty to criminal trespass and theft charges levelled against him. Before his conviction, Salisu told the court that, ‘I plead with this court to reduce my punishment for I know []The post Man pleads guilty for criminal trespass, begs for leniency appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FCT rice farmers endorse Buhari for 2nd term
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The FCT chapter of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term. FCT Chairman of RIFAN, Alhaji Abubakar Dahiru Zuba, while addressing newsmen in Gwagwalada yesterday, said the decision of the association to endorse the re-election of Buhari was informed by the performance of the president in []The post FCT rice farmers endorse Buhari for 2nd term appeared first on Daily Trust.
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AMAC chairmanship candidate promises to improve lives
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Trust (PT), Mr. John Bawa, has promised to improve the living standard of residents if he is elected. Mr. Bawa who spoke at the flag off of his chairmanship campaign on Wednesday, expressed disappointment that previous administrations of the council had not delivered effective []The post AMAC chairmanship candidate promises to improve lives appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NSCDC arrests 57-yr-old man over N1.8m fraud
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a suspected fraudster, Yomi Akinwunmi, 57, who allegedly swindled three persons of N1.8 million in Ado-Ekiti. The victims, whose names were given as Oluwoye Taiwo, 32; Adeola Joseph, 71; and Yusuf Bamidele, 36, alleged that after Akinwunmi defrauded them of the sum under false pretence, []The post NSCDC arrests 57-yr-old man over N1.8m fraud appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Immigration uncovers baby factory, rescues pregnant woman
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Oyo State command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has discovered what it called a baby factory allegedly owned by one Mrs Stella at Block B, House 8, Adebayo Oke Street, in the Sharp Corner, Oluyole area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Two female victims, one of them a pregnant woman, were rescued, []The post Immigration uncovers baby factory, rescues pregnant woman appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Policeman killed pursuing robbers
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
A police officer, whose name his colleagues wouldn’t yet disclose, has lost his life in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, while pursuing a gang of robbers terrorising business premises in some parts of the city but fled the scene. Daily Trust gathered from a witness that the suspected armed robbers had robbed a petrol station along []The post Policeman killed pursuing robbers appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Man remanded for allegedly sodomising 10-yr-old boy
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
An Ogba chief magistrate court in Lagos has ordered that a 34-year-old man, Trust Ezekiel, be remanded in prison till hearing in the case of sodomy against him begins. The police had dragged Ezekiel to court yesterday over allegations of assaulting a 10-year-old boy and having anal sex with him. The prosecutor, Mr Danny Raphael, []The post Man remanded for allegedly sodomising 10-yr-old boy appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FACT-CHECK: Did German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, endorse Nigeria’s democracy or President Buhari
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Some social media posts that claimed German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, recently lauded Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, are not only misleading but also dubious, a fact-check report by CrossCheck Nigeria has shown. CrossCheck Nigeria, a collaboration of newsrooms in Nigeria which includes Daily Trust, confirms that there is no evidence that Merkel has thrown her support []The post FACT-CHECK: Did German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, endorse Nigeria’s democracy or President Buhari’ ap
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AHF distributes 160,000 condoms to Benue residents
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Nigeria on Thursday embarked on its target to distribute 160,000 condoms to residents of Benue state. Also, the organisation provided free Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) counselling and testing for at least 7,000 people across seven local government areas of the state. The ART Clinician and Site Coordinator, Dr. Shuaibu Joseph, []The post AHF distributes 160,000 condoms to Benue residents appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Female Genital Mutilation prevalence decreases in Imo, Oyo, Ebonyi ‘ UNFPA
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday said that the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) has decreased in Imo, Ebonyi and Oyo States. The Head of Office, UNFPA Sub-Office, Calabar, Mr Kenneth Ehouzou, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar. Ehouzou said the considerable progress []The post Female Genital Mutilation prevalence decreases in Imo, Oyo, Ebonyi ‘ UNFPA appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Diabetics, Anaemia, Overweight on the rise in Nigeria
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Nigeria has recorded no progress in the fight against anaemia, adult overweight and diabetics, the Global Nutrition Report 2018 has revealed. The report however revealed that under-5 child stunting, exclusive breast feeding and under-5 child wasting, are experiencing some progress. ‘ The global nutrition report disseminated today is a picture of how the whole world []The post Diabetics, Anaemia, Overweight on the rise in Nigeria appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2019 elections: A call for caution and hope
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Today we are just one week away from the general elections and all of us election stakeholders, need to caution ourselves about the extremely reckless statements being made that can lead us to the abyss. That is not where we want to be. With the 2011 general elections, we had a turning point on []The post 2019 elections: A call for caution and hope appeared first on Daily Trust.
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TCN repairs 150MVA Kumbotso transformer burnt 5 years ago
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has repaired and energised a 150MVA 330/132kV transformer in Kumbotso transmission substation in Kano state, five years after it was burnt. The spokesperson for the company, Ndidi Mbah on Thursday said it was the first time TCN in-house engineers successfully undertook such repair work, particularly for a badly burnt []The post TCN repairs 150MVA Kumbotso transformer burnt 5 years ago appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NCC suspends DND to enable telcos disseminate voter’s education information
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has temporarily suspended the Do-Not-Disturb (DND) 2442 short-code to enable telecom operators disseminate voter’s education information to Nigerians ahead of February 16 and March 2 general elections. The 2442 DND short-code enables Nigerian subscribers to bar or stop unsolicited SMS adverts sent to their lines by telecom operators (telcos). But []The post NCC suspends DND to enable telcos disseminate voter’s education information appeared
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Nigeria drop to 46th in world ranking, retain 4th position in Africa
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The Super Eagles of Nigeria Football have dropped two places in the global ranking and now occupy the 46th position, but remain the fourth best team in Africa, according to the latest rankings released by world football governing body, FIFA yesterday. Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo are the top five countries []The post Nigeria drop to 46th in world ranking, retain 4th position in Africa appeared first on Daily Trust.
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I see a brighter career with Katsina United ‘ Ezenwa
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, said yesterday that he envisage a brighter career playing with Katsina United. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that he was happy signing for the club, which he described as a good platform to achieve higher heights. Ezenwa, who pledged his commitment to better football career, []The post I see a brighter career with Katsina United Ezenwa appeared first on Daily Trust.
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We cannot look for a draw against Niger ‘ Aigbogun
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Nigeria coach Paul Aigbogun has warned his team against looking for a draw against hosts Niger in their next Africa U-20 Cup of Nations match. The Flying Eagles are sitting pretty at the top of Group A in the youth continental tournament and need only a draw against Niger, in their final first-round match today []The post We cannot look for a draw against Niger Aigbogun appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Adamu targets double digit goals for Pillars
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Kano Pillars’ striker Hassan Adamu says his target is to hit double digit goals for the ‘Masu Gide’ side in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Adamu opened his goals account with a brace against visiting Nasarawa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Match Day 6 of the Nigeria Professional Football []The post Adamu targets double digit goals for Pillars appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2019 HiFL begins as team partake in World University Games
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing sponsors of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) have announced that it is committed to organising a bigger, better and more exciting league this year. Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Mr. Sola Fijabi, who announced this at a press conference in Lagos, said his organisation is building on []The post 2019 HiFL begins as team partake in World University Games appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Abara: Why I’m always ready to serve Niger Tornadoes
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
The re-appointed technical advise of Niger Tornadoes, Coach Hamza Abara has said he is ever ready to render selfless services to his state owned club because of the love and respect he has for the people of the state. A former technical Adviser of Niger Tornadoes, Hamza Abara was on Tuesday re-appointed Head Coach of []The post Abara: Why I’m always ready to serve Niger Tornadoes appeared first on Daily Trust.
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LBA shortlists Ogunbote, Aliyu for NPFL award January
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Rangers International FC manager Gbenga Ogunbote and El-Kanemi Warriors midfielder Abdulrazak Aliyu are among the eight candidates shortlisted by the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) for the January monthly player and manager’s award in this season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Four players and four coaches have been named in the latest announcement by the LBA. []The post LBA shortlists Ogunbote, Aliyu for NPFL award January appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Wikki hand Enyimba third defeat
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Wikki Tourist of Bauchi, yesterday handed the third defeat of the season to former champions, Enyimba FC of Aba in one of the Match Day 7 matches of the abridged Nigeria Professional Football League, played at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe. It was a dream start for Enyimba when Abdulrahman Bashir opened scoring in the []The post Wikki hand Enyimba third defeat appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Ceferin re-elected as UEFA president
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Aleksander Ceferin was yesterday re-elected to a fresh four-year term as president of European football governing body UEFA. Aleksander Ceferin is a Slovenian lawyer and football administrator. Ceferin was president of the Football Association of Slovenia between 2011 and 2016, and had been the President of UEFA since Sept. 14, 2016. The 51-year-old Ceferin was []The post Ceferin re-elected as UEFA president appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Madrid’s Llorente out with injury
Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Real Madrid have been dealt an injury setback at a crucial time in the season, with midfielder Marcos Llorente expected to be missing for around three weeks with a groin injury sustained in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. Madrid’s medical report yesterday did not state how long Llorente would be []The post Madrid’s Llorente out with injury appeared first on Daily Trust.
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