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APC to U.S. envoy: Buhari will win without rigging
Tue, 12 Feb 2019

United States Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington got yesterday a piece of advice — watch your tongue.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council accused Mr. W. Stuart Symington of creating an impression that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot win a free and fair election.

His comments are implicit attacks against the government of Nigeria, the Council said.

The Campaign noted that the continous warning by the American Ambassador about “flawed elections” is capable of casting an unwarranted cloud over the process, adding that instead of encouraging our country toward credible elections, such statements undermine public confidence.

President Buhari will win the election fair and square, the Council said. Some reputable research organisations have tipped the President to win the race.

Its spokesman Festus Keyamo, in a statement issued in Abuja, said it was concerned about the Ambassador’s statement in which he threatened to “hold to account” anyone whose speech, no matter the motivation of that speech, engendered hatred during the elections.

Keyamo said these statements by the envoy imply that the Federal Government was inclined to rigging the election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is unfair and unacceptable as President Buhari has never been accused of electoral malpractice all his life, Keyamo said.

The statement reads: “We are deeply concerned about many of the expressions of the United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington and other Western diplomats which have been directed towards Nigeria’s upcoming elections. Whilst we laud and whole-heartedly welcome their interests in the elections, many of these expressions have been notably off- key.

“The continued warnings about ‘flawed elections’ are capable of casting an unwarranted cloud over the process. Instead of encouraging our country toward credible elections, such statements undermine public confidence. It would appear that these envoys seem to have discredited the election before it has even taken place.

“We truly hope some of the statements attributed to these diplomats are inaccurate. For instance, the Premium News reported that Ambassador W. Stuart Symington threatened to ‘hold to account’ anyone whose speech, no matter the motivation of that speech, engendered hatred. We all agree that any speech willfully intended to trigger violence is condemnable.

“However, in condemning other forms of political speech, the American envoy overstepped his ambassadorial brief. For instance, the American Ambassador was reported to have condemned a situation where a candidate says that his opponent’s political and economic policies are abhorrent and dangerous to the greater welfare of the people and calls on the citizens to hate and reject such policies.

“In our view, this is a correct statement because it is the duty of the candidate to tell the people these truths to protect the nation from subsequent calamity. But Ambassador Symington says his country would punish such necessary political speeches.

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Alleged N544.1m contracts: EFCC detains ex-SGF Babachir
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal was yesterday detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Lawal will be arraigned today.The commission had filed a 10-count charge against the former SGF and five others.Others are: Hamidu David Lawal; Sulaiman Abubakar; Apeh John Monday; Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Limited.All the suspects will face trial in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, for
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INEC engages EFCC, FIU, CBN, others to track campaign finance
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
ANTI-GRAFT agencies, financial institutions and other agengies have been urged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to assist in tracking campaign finances of political parties and their candidates.The agencies are: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), the Police and four other organisation
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NJC gives Onnoghen seven days to defend himself
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has queried the sources of inflows into the accounts of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.It also said its investigation of the CJN indicated that the inflows are not typical of the financial transactions of a public servant.The anti-graft agency asked the National Judicial Council (NJC) to consider its petition against Justice Onnoghen and asked him to defend himself.Although the EFCC is still conducting more inve
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Gunmen kidnap two Bowen varsity workers
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Two members of staff of the Bowen University, Iwo, in Osun State were reportedly abducted by gunmen last night.The victims were allegedly abducted at Ile-Ogbo junction on the Iwo-Osogbo Road.It was gathered that the yet-to-be identified victims by the authorities of the university, were abruptly stopped by the armed men in their car before they were marched into the bush.The third victim, who reportedly escaped from the gunmen, were said to have been shot and reportedly sustained a first-degree
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Gunmen kidnap two Bowen varsity workers
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Two members of staff of the Bowen University, Iwo, in Osun State were reportedly abducted by gunmen last night.The victims were allegedly abducted at Ile-Ogbo junction on the Iwo-Osogbo Road.It was gathered that the yet-to-be identified victims by the authorities of the university, were abruptly stopped by the armed men in their car before they were marched into the bush.The third victim, who reportedly escaped from the gunmen, were said to have been shot and reportedly sustained a first-degree
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Atiku in Rivers: Im author of restructuring
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described himself as the author of restructuring.He claimed that he would be Nigerias President from May 29 and that President Muhammadu Buhari must go.The former vice president spoke yesterday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, near Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers State, while campaigning along with other PDP leaders.President Buhari will also be at the same Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium today in continuati
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Atiku in Rivers: Im author of restructuring
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described himself as the author of restructuring.He claimed that he would be Nigerias President from May 29 and that President Muhammadu Buhari must go.The former vice president spoke yesterday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, near Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers State, while campaigning along with other PDP leaders.President Buhari will also be at the same Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium today in continuati
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Days to polls Politicians keep courts busy
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Five days to the elections, politicians and their supporters are in frenzied mood as a result of developments from the courts and elsewhere. Adekunle Yusuf, Musa Odoshimokhe, Nicholas Kalu, Calabar, Eric Ikhilae, Faith Yahaya, Abuja, Bisi olaniyi and Rosemary Nwisi, Port Harcourt report.These are busy times for the courts. They were busy yesterday and will still be today deciding electoral disputes. Senator John Owan Enohs governorship ambition in Cross River State was cut short by a Federal Hig
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Days to polls Politicians keep courts busy
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Five days to the elections, politicians and their supporters are in frenzied mood as a result of developments from the courts and elsewhere. Adekunle Yusuf, Musa Odoshimokhe, Nicholas Kalu, Calabar, Eric Ikhilae, Faith Yahaya, Abuja, Bisi olaniyi and Rosemary Nwisi, Port Harcourt report.These are busy times for the courts. They were busy yesterday and will still be today deciding electoral disputes. Senator John Owan Enohs governorship ambition in Cross River State was cut short by a Federal Hig
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Food, music, games as soldiers drop guns in Niger
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
When Army officers and soldiers gathered in Kontagora, Niger State, there were no assault weapons in sight. Rather, it was a time to kick back and relax, reports ABDULGAFAR ALABELEWECulture was on display as music, foods and drinks were generously served at the combined celebration of WASA by the Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery (NACA) of the Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC) and 311 Artillery Brigade, Kontagora, Niger State. Even as the event took place on the regimented parade ground of t
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Buhari leads Berlin Wall must fall mission to Kwara
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
ALL Progressives Congress (APC) leaders were in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, yesterday. Their mission was to perfect plans for the fall of what they called The Berlin Wall.They urged the people to free themselves from the stranglehold of a political figure, who, according to them, has done nothing to reciprocate their support.It was at the presidential campaign rally led by President Muhammadu Buhari, who restated his administration commitment to bringing those who abuse trust before the law
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Saraki replies APC leaders
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday reacted to the remarks made by All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders during the partys presidential campaign rallies at the Metropolitan Square in Ilorin, Kwara State.APC leaders, including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and Information, Culture & Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed had called for an end to the Saraki hegemony in Kwara by casting their ballot for President Buhari and candidates of the APC on Saturda
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Why were adopting simultaneous accreditation, voting by INEC boss
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu yesterday explained why the electoral umpire adopted the simultaneous accreditation and voting for the forthcoming elections.The model, the INEC boss said, was recommended by the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the 2015 general elections.Prof Yakubu also said since the adoption of the simultaneous accreditation and voting, the commission had conducted 194 off season elections and had deployed the same process in all t
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Buhari ll win, say polls
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari will win Saturdays election, according to opinion polls conducted by two research organisations, NOI Poll and British Business Group.Their findings confirm that President Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are clearly in a two-horse race, adding that other presidential candidates are not in serious contention.Also, the findings did not contradict the report of New York-base
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Buhari: Im confident of winning
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Ahead of Saturdays presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said he would win. The President hinged his confidence on his performance and integrity. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN sought opinions of Nigerians on the presidents claim.The standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturdays presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari, has predicted his victory ahead of the contest. He made a similar prediction in 2015, which
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Why I want to return to Senate, by Ajimobi
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi is the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Oyo South District. He broke the second term jinx as governor in 2015. Will he return to the Senate’ Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines his chances at the poll.Four years ago, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, governor of Oyo State, made history. He broke the second term jinx, thereby becoming the first governor to be re-elected for a second term. As the second term expires on May 29, the I
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Ekiti election: How PDP, Olusola lost
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
The Ekiti State Governorship Election Tribunal upheld the victory of Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Eric Ikhilae identifies factors that informed the tribunals decision.Dissatisfied with the result of the last July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Kolapo Olusola, who came second, filed a petition at the Governorship Election Tribunal.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned the All Progress
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2019: INEC engages anti-graft agencies to track campaign finance
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has enlisted the services of the anti-graft agencies in tracking the campaign finances for 2019 elections.The anti-graft agencies include; Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) to help monitor and track campaign finances of political parties and their candidates.Others are The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) Centre for So
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Group promises 45 million votes for Buhari
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
.as Southern Kaduna youths endorse El-RufaiThe national body of Buhari Mass Movement has promised to deliver 45 million votes for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari on February 16 out of the total votes declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).The final registered voters as declared by INEC for the 2019 general election stands at 84, 004,084 registered voters.This was even as southern Kaduna youths forum have endorsed governor Nasir El-rufai for the March 2nd g
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250 filmmakers benefit from NFVCB grant in Ogun
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
In its empowerment programme across the country, the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has extended a start-up grant to 250 young film entrepreneurs in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.The two-day event which began on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Rontex Hall, Imowo Road, with a training session by seasoned industry practitioners and theatre arts lecturers offered participants insights into a successful career in filmmaking.Anchored by Associate Professor Tunji Azeez of the Lagos State Un
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Grammy Awards: Cardi B, Drake, Lady Gaga lead awards chart
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Celebrating the worlds biggest stars, Sunday nights 61st Annual Grammy Awards, which held at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, United States, had so much to remember, including a few surprises here and there.Reports describe the outing as standing the risk of being defined more by who didnt show up than by the actual attendees, performers and winners.The conspicuous absences were filled by some brilliant performances mostly by women like Brandi Carlile, Janelle Mone and especially Lad
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I havent been a role model, 2face apologises to wife publicly
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Popular singer, Innocent Idibia, fondly called 2face, apologised to his wife, Annie Idibia, for an undisclosed reason on Monday.The message isnt coherent as the main issue has not been addressed.However, from the looks of things, there seems to be trouble in paradise.On his verified Twitter handle, Tuface admitted that he had made a mess of things and went on to say sorry as well as revealing that Annie had tried her best.Read Also:Boko Haram is political, not religious 2face2Baba wrote:Im sorr
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New rules for banks on money laundering
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
NEW rules have been set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for banks planning to establish correspondent banking relationship with foreign lenders.The apex bank, in the Anti-Money Laundering/ Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Policy and Procedure Manual released yesterday insisted that it will guard against establishing correspondent banking relationships with high risk foreign banks such as shell banks, with correspondent banks that have historically allowed their institutions to
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LCCI faults freezing of tax defaulters accounts
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) yesterday expressed concern over reports by corporate bodies that their accounts were being frozen and debited by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on account of tax defaults.Its Director- General, Mr. Muda Yusuf, in a statement, said the FIRS derives its powers from section 31 of the FIRS Act that gave it powers to appoint collection agents for the recovery of tax payable by the taxpayer.He said though LCCI is a strong proponent of reg
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UTL Trustees unveils online will service
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
UTL Trustees, trustee and fund manager, has launched an online will writing service called WillPower. The service will serve as a means of simplifying the process of writing a will for the average Nigerian at an affordable rate.With WillPower, Nigerians can create their wills from the comfort of their homes and so, determine how their assets will be transferred to loved ones.Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, theManaging Director of UTL Trustees, Mrs. Olufunke Aiyepola said the process of cr
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Nigerias economic fundamentals are strong
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
The Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Office of the Vice President, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, spoke at the weekend on the Federal Governments programmes to drive the economy, among other issues. Group Business Editor, SIMEON EBULU, reports.The Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Office of the Vice President, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, said when this Government came into office, its three priorities were to improve security, tackle rampant corruption and improve the eco
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How regulators saved 9mobile from extinction
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Proactive regulatory interventions initiated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) helped in saving investors money in Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), trading as 9mobile.It also preserved over 3,000 direct jobs and put the telco on the path of recovery.The interventions, which averted possible collapse of 9mobile, as the fourth largest telecom operator in the country, as result of a debt burden to a consortium of 13 banks, also
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Why Fed Govt adopted $60 benchmark for oil in 2019 Budget
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Dipeolu gives strident defense on why the federal Government settled for $60 oil benchmark in 2019 Federal Budget.His words: I know the oil price fell in December 2018 to below $60, but the 2019 budget hadnt started yet’ But in that same year, it was at $80 per barrel, so, we are looking at the average.Secondly, oil prices are inherently volatile. A lot of people, and they may even be wrong, are projecting $65-$70 per barrel. At the time the budget was drawn up, who would have taught oil p
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Kachikwu: oil, gas trackingll improve transparency
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Crude Oil and LNG Tracking (COLT) and other automation initiatives will improve operational transparency in the oil and gas industry.Speaking during a ministerial briefing on key achievements of the DPR on COLT and other automation initiatives of the oil and gas regulator in Lagos yesterday, he said some of the automation initiatives include the Automatic Downstream System (ADS), Ac
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Banks register N1.23tr movable assets for MSMEs funding
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Lending institutions, especially banks, have registered interest on movable assets valued at N1.23 trillion, $1.14 billion and 6.08 million through 41,408 financing institutions, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said yesterday in Abuja.Its Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said this has raised hope of easy access to finance by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. He spoke at the Workshop for Judges on the Secured Transaction in Movable Assets Act, at the National Judicial Institu
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IMO to empower more women
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
With Empowering Women in the maritime community as the theme for 2019, World Maritime Day, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), is working to expand female participation in the industry. To this end, IMO has unveiled a new logo to boost the move.IMO has a strong commitment to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and continues to support the participation of women in both shore-based and seagoing posts, in line with the goals outlined under SDG 5: Achieve gender equa
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Air Peace boss advises workers on integrity
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema has urged aviation workers, especially those in the airline arm of the industry, to imbibe the virtues of hard work, humility, honesty and integrity to save their organisations from going down.Onyema made the call during a reception held in honour of retiring Air Peace Flight Operations Manager, Mr. Olawale Olajide in Lagos.The Air Peace boss decried the increasing trend of dishonesty among airline staff, saying a lot of carriers ha
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Which way Southeast
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
One of the hit tunes of the music virtuoso, Sunny Okosun is titled: Which way Nigeria. The lyrics speaks to Nigeria as she faces an election that may determine her status as a sustainable democracy.The song also speaks to the people of southeast, as they face what looks like a Hobbesian choice next Saturday. Thanks to theirpolitical leaders,majority of the eastern folks have been sold a dummy as to where cometh their redeemer.In blind rage for missed political opportunities, these leaders are pu
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Politicians delegitimizing and de-marketing Nigeria
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Up front: this write-up is not about fake news! It is instead about the reckless and unguarded utterances and statements of our public officials that are capable of delegitimizing the country and its governance institutions at home and de-market Nigeria in the eyes of the rest of the world. While it is true that Nigeria has a terrible image problem across the globe, mostly on account of pervasive official corruption that has vitiated its development for several decades now, Nigerians themselves,
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