Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Monday 11th February 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Monday 11th February 2019

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Report: Buhari’ll win 60%
Mon, 11 Feb 2019

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GOING by the February 7 report of New York-based global research and political risk solutions firm Eurasia Group, President Muhammadu Buhari will win Saturday’s election by 60 per cent.

The group, which undertakes investment partnerships, consultancy and risk advisory responsibilities in about 100 countries, said the odds against Buhari’s main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have positioned the incumbent to retain his seat.

It identified the odds as the divided support being enjoyed by the former vice president from key elements in the rival party.

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Such elements, according to the Eurasia Group, would rather exert their energies and resources on the battle to retain their seats in their various constituencies.

The group listed such actors as the governors in the PDP-controlled states and the Director-General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, Senator Bukola Saraki, who is battling to retain his seat in the upper chamber as the representative of the Kwara Central Senatorial Zone.

The report said: “As we have previously noted, key actors in Atiku’s camp – including his campaign’s Director -General Bukola Saraki, key powerbroker Governor Nyesom Wike of the oil-rich Rivers State, and Southeast governors from his PDP – had been disengaged from his election campaign.

“Wike was annoyed by Atiku’s failure to consult him on key decisions, Saraki remains distracted by a tough Senate reelection battle in Kwara State, and the Southeast governors are hampered by many conflicting motivations, including their own lack of political clout (which makes them reluctant to overtly challenge the federal government) and their wariness of Atiku’s running mate Peter Obi, a former governor of the southeastern Anambra State who they view as a political outsider.

“The lack of enthusiasm on the part of some PDP governors is a problem for Atiku because these officials control significant discretionary funds at the state level (known as “security votes”) that are easier to access without triggering graft concerns.

“They can also leverage strong relationships with security, judicial, and election officers in their respective states. Governors are thus critical to mobilising voter turnout on Election Day.

“With 23 in office compared to the PDP’s 12, the APC already has an edge; unmotivated PDP governors will only reinforce that advantage by making it harder for the opposition to mobilise and sustain voter support on Election Day.”

Two APC governors, Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Benue State counterpart Samuel Ortom, defected to the PDP last year. But the governors are battling to win their states for their new parties.

On the edge the incumbent has over Atiku, the Eurasia Group said President Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) has a widespread political structure to boost voter mobilisation and solidify Buhari’s advantage.

The group noted that the heightened anxiety triggered by the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Buhari was not enough to turn the table against the incumbent.

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Court warns CBN, NCC on Etisalat
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Federal High Court in Abuja has warned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian Telecommunication Commission (NCC) and others involved in the transaction for the sale of troubled telecom firm Etisalat (9mobile) against taking further steps to conclude the sale.The warning was informed by the claim by some aggrieved investors that despite a subsisting order of the court, made on October 10, last year, by Justice Binta Nyako, barring parties to the transaction from taking further steps pend
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Masses root for Buhari in Kwara
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
The people of Kwara State have called for support for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his administration has brought succour to millions in the countryside.Speaking at an event organised by Speak Up Nigeria, a pro-Buhari civic group that is harvesting peoples opinions of the administration, beneficiaries of the governments various peogrammes took turns to commend the president and seek support for his second term bid.Alhaji Risikat Agbeyangi, a pepper seller and beneficiary
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Lagos artistes declare support for Buhari, Sanwo-Olu
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
They arrived the Executive Suite of LTV Multipurpose Hall, Ikeja, Lagos in droves, defying the rains, early Friday, to announce where they stand in the forthcoming presidential and gubernatorial elections.It was only nine days to the elections, but the League of Lagos Artistes (LLA), as they are called were not deterred, saying the press conference was mainly to present a united front, as they had already engaged their fans, individually, via their social media handles.With caps bearing pictures
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Elections: INEC expresses confidence in card readers
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed confidence in the performance of the Smart Card Readers to be used at the forthcoming general elections.INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee Mr. Festus Okoye expressed the confidence yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.Okoye confirmed that the card readers had been enhanced for better performance.He added that the commission did not expect the card
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Atikus candidature, a blessing to Nigeria, says Jerry Useni
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in Plateau,Rtd. Gen. Jerry Useni, says that former Vice President Atiku Abubakars presidential candidature is a blessing to Nigeria.Useni spoke through his running mate, Dr James Dalok, on Sunday before group of PDP supporters in Ketang, Mango Local Government of Plateau.The PDP flag bearer said that the pedigree of Atiku was beyond human understanding and very capable of rescuing Nigerians from the hardship the All Progressives Congress
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Govt condemns Kwankwasiyya attack on residents
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
KANO State has condemned what it described as the attacks meted out on innocent residents of the state capital by alleged elements of Kwankwasiyya group during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rally yesterday at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata.A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture Malam Muhammad Garba said the group members, who were allegedly disturbed by the dislodgement of their leader, Rabiu Kwankwaso in Kanos political scene, adopted violen
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2019: APC, PDP revel in psychological battle
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
In the run up to this weeks presidential election, the two major parties have been using various strategies to outwit each other. One of such strategies is the mobilisation of crowds to attend their rallies in various parts of the country, to create the impression that the parties and their candidates are popular. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI, who has been following the trend, reports.WHEN the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, kicked of
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Endorsements and endorsers
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Political endorsers are enjoying as much publicity as the presidential candidates they endorse. There is the politics of endorsement and the politics of endorsers.The presidential election frontrunners, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is seeking re-election, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), enthusiastically welcome endorsements by enthusiastic endorsers.Five days to the presidential election on February 16, it
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Seven die, 15 vehicles burnt in Anambra tanker fire
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Seven persons died in last Fridays tanker fire at Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.The accident happened about 9.20pm at Amawbia Round about, close to the Governors Lodge.Six buildings, 10 shops and 15 vehicles were burnt.The shops close to the house of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, were burnt, with goods worth over N300 million destroyed, according to some of the victims.Okoli, who regretted the accident, said he saw Gods hand at work in his life.One o
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Kwarans in Lagos endorse Abdulrazaq
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Political slogans are easy to discredit, if the forces behind them are just the run-of-the-mill politicians. But, experience has shown that slogans, which become street language and resonate with all segments of the society may be hard to put down.This seems to be the situation in Kwara State where O to ge (enough is enough), a political slogan adopted by the main opposition APC, appears to have assumed a life of its own among Kwarans at home and abroad. The term simply means that the people hav
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Banky W organises campaign concert
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Ahead of Saturdays election, singer, actor and record label owner, Olubanke Wellington, who is campaigning to represent Eti Osa Constituency in Lagos at the Federal House of Assembly, has organised a concert for his constituents.The concert, tagged Stronger Together, held at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was free to everyone who has a Permanent Voters Card (PVC). The artiste who is popularly known as Banky W took to Instagram to share the information.The #StrongerTogether Concert
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PDPs Kano rally: Three feared dead, 30 fainted
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
No fewer than three people were feared dead and over 30 others fainted yesterday while waiting for the campaign team of the Peoples Democratic People (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.Unconfirmed reports claimed that the death of the three people was as a result of a clash between rival PDP groups outside the stadium.A large crowd of PDP supporters had gathered at the venue for several hours, waiting for Atikus and his teams arrival.It was gathered
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Most Nigerian hip hop acts are not musicians, says Chief Richardson of America
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Famous Juju maestro, Richard Akinwumni Olanrewaju popularly known as Chief Richardson of America is a musician has criticised how the new generation musicians, especially hip hop artistes are remixing the old school songs.Chief Richardson who has been for singing for over a decade, is the band leader of Afro Vibration Beats, a nine-member group.Most of these popular guys, especially the hip hop acts are not musicians, because I know what I have gone through as a musician, said Chief Richardson w
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Christian votes will make the difference, says Wike
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has called on Christians to troop out and vote during the forthcoming elections because their votes will make the difference.Speaking during a special combined Sunday Worship Service at the Deeper Life Camp Ground, Rumudara, Port Harcourt, Wike said Christians can no longer stand aloof while the country slides into destruction.He said that Christians should not believe the false propaganda that they cannot influence the outcome of political contests in the count
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RRS nabs Uber drivers suspected killers
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Two of five suspected killers of an Uber driver, Sunday Obasi, murdered on February 1, have been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad (RRS).The Nation gathered that the suspects, Humble Peter-Robert, 33, and Gideon Achibong, 36, were nabbed on February 4, at Aboki Estate, Lekki, three days after they allegedly committed the murder.The suspects and others identified as Emma, David and Dolapo were alleged to have killed the driver about 11pm while he was taking them to Ik
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Comedian I Go Dye scouts for new talents
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
As a way of helping to combat youth restiveness in Delta State, notable comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye has launched a new project tagged Sorting Out Raw Talents (SORT), which he says will help the young people discover a new path in life.SORT is part of his Francis Agoda Path of Honour (FAPOH) initiative for which he staked USD 5,000 on potential winner of a video skit to promote peace during the 2019 general elections with the hashtag #Istandforpeace2019elections.Speaking
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Leah Sharibus death reportfake, says Fed Govt
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Abducted Dapchi schoolgirl Leah Sharibu is not dead.Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed described as absolute fake news reports that the girl was dead.Its absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that, the minister yesterday told reporters at a news conference in Ilorin, Kwara State.He described the rumour of Leahs death, which surfaced just a few days to the presidential election, as another ploy by the opposition to bring down the President Muhammadu Buharis administratio
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Why ethnic nationalities adopted Atiku, by Clark
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark has explained why ethnic nationalities picked Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential Atiku Abubakar as their anointed candidate for Saturdays presidential poll.Elders of various groups in the six geo-political zones of country last week endorsed Atiku as their candidate.Clark said Atiku was picked ahead of other candidates simply because he is the only that agreed to restructure the country.Besides, Clark noted that Atiku possesses what it takes to represent N
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Tomisings thrills Ogun fans
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Pop artiste, Oluwatosin Opebiyi has thrilled his fans in Ogun State with a performance, as part of his lined-up activities marking the new year.The event tagged The New Age, was organised by 135 Entertainment and held at Ajayi Estate Field, Ijoko Ogba-Ayo, Ogun State.Tomisings as hes fondly called, performed some of his songs, including Letter To Bae, Ojo Ife, Knack Am, Doremi, and Ariwo.Following the success of the event, the 20-year-old thanked his fans.Honestly speaking, I am so overwhelmed n
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Polls under corruption threats, Buhari warns
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
THOSE who plundered the commonwealth of the nation are unrelenting on their plan to destablise the system, President Muhammadu Buhari has alerted Nigerians.According to him, the looters of the nations resources have resolved to deploy their ill-gotten wealth to undermining the forthcoming general elections and by extension our democracy.The President disclosed this in a special feature entitled: Corruption threats Nigeria and its election which he released yesterday in Abuja.He described as unf
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You cant enforce High Court judgements, Deputy, others tell Yari
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Eight governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state, including the Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakala have faulted moves by Governor, Abdulaziz Yari to enforce the judgement of the State High Court on Zamfara APC candidates tussle.The aspirants under the umbrella of G-8 said, an application filed last Friday by governor Yari, seeking the interim enforcement of the judgement of a Zamfara State High Court on the tussle, was strange to the law.They however warned
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The journey hasnt been easy, says Buhari
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that it has not been an easy journey to pilot the affairs of the country in the past three and half years.According to him, he has not taken the support of Nigerians for granted, promising to continue to protect the interest of the people and deliver on his mandate.In a video message to Nigerians titled, We will continue to work to protect your interest and deliver our mandate, he requested for more support in the February 16 presidential election.He said, Its
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Supreme Court did not bar Rivers APC, says Senator Uchendu
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
The Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Andrew Uchendu, at the weekend said that the Supreme Court did not bar the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State from fielding candidates in the February 16th and March 2nd elections.He said that the APC has the right to field candidates in the elections despite last Fridays ruling by the Supreme Court on a case brought before it by some members of the party.Uchendu insisted that contrary to some reports, the APC and its candida
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Buhari needs another four years to restore peace
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Some eminent elders from the north at the weekend said another four years of Muhammadu Buharis Presidency would restore peace and enable millions of internally displaced persons to return to their homes.The elders said that President Buhari led administration has succeeded in restoring peace to many parts of the troubled north eastern states.The northern elders, under the aegis of Kungiyar Dattawan Arewa Initiative (KDAI) stated these during a press conference in Abuja to endorse the second ter
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Stocks in biggest pre-election rally
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
As political rallies move across capital cities, thestock market posted its biggest rally so far this year last week with a net capital gain of N334 billion as investors appeared to show implicit confidence in the smooth conduct of the election and stability of governments policies.Quoted equities sustained six days of consecutive rally to reverse the average year-to-date return from negative to positive, with several stocks closing with their highest gains in recent months. Benchmark indices at
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108 meter asset providers to start operation soon
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
No fewer than 108 meter asset providers (MAPs) are set to start operation by the end of next month to help bridge the metering gap of 4.7million electricity customers in the country, The Nation learnt at the weekend.It was gathered that the firms are almost through with the preparation to roll out meters while the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is working round the clock to certify them.Sources said the 108 firms were among the 115 firms announced by NERC last November, as pot
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Grow With Nigeria improves credit access to farmers
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
THE Grow With Nigeria scheme, an agricultural scheme initiated by Guinness Nigeria Plc, is driving national development by making credit facilities available to farmers.Farmers under the scheme are provided access to finance, certified seeds, unadulterated input, mechanisation, training on good agronomic practice and basic book keeping, supplier credit process, extension support and access to market.Guinness has built a strong portfolio that is steeped in diversity over the years. This, it has d
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N17b judgment debt: Appeal Court sets aside conviction of First Bank chiefs
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
THE Court of Appeal, Lagos, has set aside the decision of a Federal High Court, Lagos, which convicted the First Bank Plc Chairman, Ibukun Awosika and the banks Managing Director, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, for contempt over a judgment debt of N17 billion.The appellate court voided the decision of the lower court on the ground that the judge erred in law when it convicted the bank chiefs for contempt on the allegation of breach of an undertaking.Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos
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NSIA launches Health Insurance
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
NSIA Insurance has launched its new International Health Insurance product, NSIA Health Insurance into the Nigerian market.The Managing Director of NSIA Insurance, Ebelechukwu Nwachukwu, in a statement made available to reporters in Lagos, said to deliver on all that is expected from an international health insurance offering, NSIA has partnered with Cigna and Hollard.Cigna is a Fortune 500 company in the USA and one of the worlds leading providers of health benefits enabled through its 41,000 e
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AXA Mansard announces AXA partnership with Liverpool FC
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
AXA Mansard, a member of the AXA Group, has announced that AXA is partnering Liverpool FC.According to statement made available to reporters in Lagos, AXA reignites its sponsorship strategy to join forces with one of the most famous names in sports.The multi-year deal with English Premier League legends Liverpool Football Club (Liverpool FC) sees AXA become the clubs Official Global Insurance Partner, the statement read.Commenting on the partnership, AXA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thomas Bur
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Apapa road affecting exports, says DG
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
African Centre for Supply Chain (ACSC) Director-General Dr Obiora Madu has said the rejection of agricultural produce overseas will continue if efforts are not made to improve access roads to the sea ports.Madu expressed displeasure that 37,000 tons of cashew exported to Vietnam were rejected.Nigeria exported goods worth $369,718,744,000 (approximately N113.4billion) to Vietnam in 2017, according to data obtained from Vietnam Customs.He said the chaos in the logistics sector caused by the state
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16-year-old wins N7.5m Interswitch SPAK 1.0 star prize
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
A 16-year-old, Akachukwu Anumudu of Apostolic Faith Secondary School, Anthony, Lagos, has emerged winner of the first edition of the InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition held in Lagos at the weekend.He beat eight other contestants in a quiz session to win the star prize of N7.5 million worth of tertiary education scholarship spread over five years, a laptop and a monthly stipend during the course of the scholarship.The first runner-up was 16-year-old Henry Umunna of the Loyola Jesuit Col
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Guinea challenges NAICOM over suspension
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Guinea Insurance Plc has debunked claims that the National Insurance Commission has suspended it from doing new insurance business.Its Chairman, Godson Ugochukwu in a statement, said contrary to reports by NAICOM that the company has been suspended from transacting new businesses, the company is still in business.He said the allegations levelled against the company by NAICOM as reasons for suspension are false.In the statement titled:Guinea Debunks News Item: NAICOM Suspends Guinea Insurance, th
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Making the ports efficient, competitive
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Generally referred to as the Gateway to the Economy, the nations seaports remain critical to economic diversification. But, for the ports to play their critical role of driving diversification, operators and industry stakeholders say there is an urgent need to ensure that they become more economically efficient and competitive. They argue that efficiency ports will benefit the maritime industry and the economy more. Assistant Editor, MUYIWA LUCAS reports. It has become an annual routine, one fil
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