Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines Monday 11th February 2019

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Monday 11th February 2019

Mon, 11 Feb 2019

The mammoth crowd of supporters that attended yesterday’s rally of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano has further strengthened the growing forecast that the main opposition party’s flag bearer is in strong contention in areas hitherto believed to be strongholds of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari had won convincingly the massive voting North-west states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa and Kano in the 2015 general election that saw him squaring up with the incumbent, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, making bookmakers to declare them his strongholds.

But with the advent of Atiku and his campaign, the large numbers of enthusiastic supporters that subscribed to his rallies have got analysts rethinking their permutations and giving the PDP standard bearer a winning chance in some of the states.

Atiku’s rallies in Jigawa, Kaduna and Katsina, the home state of the president, drew such an unprecedented crowd that some leading lights of the APC, THISDAY learnt, have expressed fears privately that Buhari might have shed a heavy weight.The situation is not markedly different in the North-east states of Bauchi and Bornu that were thought to be Buhari’s impregnable fortresses. If anyone had any doubt that that was no longer the case, said one analyst, Atiku’s last week’s rallies in those states must have cleared such doubt.

Perhaps encouraged by the massive crowd, Atiku spoke glowingly of the failure of Buhari’s government, saying that it has brought the nation’s economy to its knees and must be punished for it.

The punishment, he said, should come in form of votes that would send its President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration out of office.

With all available spaces occupied by PDP’s followers at the stadium, 28 persons were said to have slumped at the event, while the huge crowd that flooded the stadium made it difficult for movement within the Kano metropolis, especially around the stadium.

People were seen lined up the streets, as early as 9am to welcome Atiku to the ancient town. As soon as he arrived in the city, the presidential candidate headed to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi.

For a journey of less than 20 minutes, it took Atiku-led campaign team over four hours to get to the palace and another three hours to get to the stadium because of the human/vehicular traffic created by Atiku’s visit.

He was accompanied by the Director-General of the presidential campaign, Senate President Bukola Saraki; the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus; and former governor of Kano, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; among other key party’s leaders.

Until recently, Kano was a Buhari stronghold, securing his highest number of votes, nearly two million, in 2015. Kwankwaso, who was the governor of the state when this happened, is now in PDP.

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Cooking Gas Scarcity Looms as NIMASA Detains NLNG Vessel
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Bans waivers, commences clampdown on foreign vessels NNPC’s refineries record N137.5bn operational losses By Ejiofor Alike, Eromosele Abiodunin Lagos andChineme Okaforin Abuja Nigerians may experience scarcity of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), better known as cooking gas, following the detention of NLNG Limited’s vessel by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over alleged violation []The post Cooking Gas Scarcity Looms as NIMASA Detains NLNG Vessel appeared f
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NJC Reconvenes over Onnoghen, Muhammad Today
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
CUPP raises the alarm over alleged FG plot to lock down NJC headquarters Tobi Soniyiin Lagos andUdoraOrizuin AbujaThe National Judicial Council (NJC) will reconvene today to consider the responses of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad to the queries issued to them by []The post NJC Reconvenes over Onnoghen, Muhammad Today appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Buhari: General Election, Democracy Threatened by Corrupt People
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
You are jittery, says PDP Saraki asks Nigerians to reject outdated leaders on Saturday By Iyobosa Uwugiaren, Deji ElumoyeandOmololu Ogunmadein Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday raised the alarm that both the forthcoming general election and democracy itself were under serious threat by activities of unnamed individuals, whom he alleged had channeled funds towards vote buying []The post Buhari: General Election, Democracy Threatened by Corrupt People appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG’s Technical Advisory Committee Report on Minimum Wage Ready
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
By Obinna Chima The report of the Technical Advisory Committee on National Minimum Wage that was inaugurated by President Mohammadu Buhari has been finalised and is ready for presentation to the president this week, barring any unforeseen circumstance, THISDAY has learnt. A source in the presidency, who disclosed this to THISDAY yesterday, said members of []The post FG’s Technical Advisory Committee Report on Minimum Wage Ready appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Shun Electoral Violence, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation Urges Stakeholders
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Akinyemi advises Nigerians to welcome foreign observers By Shola Oyeyipoin Abuja The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) has identified peaceful elections as panacea for growth and development that must be rigorously pursued, and urged the government and other stakeholders to avoid post-election crisis after the forthcoming polls. This was the conclusion of a one-day conference on []The post Shun Electoral Violence, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation Urges Stakeholders appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote at the Signing of National Peace Accord
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
The National Peace Committee, mindful of the importance of peaceful elections and non-violent transfer of power, has invited former President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States of America and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, to visit Nigeria from February 12 to 13, 2019 ahead of the Nigerian presidential []The post Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote at the Signing of National Peace Accord appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Okowa Mourns Former Mid-Western Region Military Gov, Ejoor
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
By Sylvester Idowuin Warri Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa last night described the death of a former military governor of the defunct Mid-Western State and former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General David Ejoor (rtd) as a great loss to Nigeria and the state. Okowa, who expressed sadness over the demise of the []The post Okowa Mourns Former Mid-Western Region Military Gov, Ejoor appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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INEC Loses 5,987 PVCs, 297 Ballot Boxes to Plateau Fire
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Promises to reprint burnt PVCs By Seriki Adinoyiin Jos andAdedayo Akinwalein Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lost 5, 987 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and 297 ballot boxes following a fire outbreak at its office in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State, which was completely razed down. However, following thefire []The post INEC Loses 5,987 PVCs, 297 Ballot Boxes to Plateau Fire appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Leah Sharibu Not Dead, FG Reassures
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Family demands her release before February 19 By Kuni Tyessiin Abuja The federal government has again reassured that Leah Sharibu, the teenager abducted by Boko Haram terrorists, is not dead. However, despite this reassurance, her family has asked the federal government to ensure the release of their daughter before February 19, which will mark exactly []The post Leah Sharibu Not Dead, FG Reassures appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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