Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines Wednesday 13th February 2019

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 13th February 2019

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Buhari Expresses Regret as S’Court Seals Fate of 45 APC Candidates in Rivers
Wed, 13 Feb 2019

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed sadness over the judgment of the Supreme Court barring the All Progressives Congress (APC) from fielding any candidate in Rivers State for the general election, pledging, however, that the party would respect the verdict.

The apex court sealed the hope of APC to field candidates for the election, starting on Saturday with the presidential and National Assembly polls, as it struck out the party’s appeal against the lower court’s judgment, insisting that it was statute-barred.

Reacting to the Supreme Court judgment at the APC presidential rally at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwuruta-Ali, Port Harcourt, Buhari said although he was saddened by the judgment, the party would respect the verdict.

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I am very disturbed by the decision that we are not allowed to participate in some processes in the election. But we have to respect the decision of the institution,” he said.
He added: “I am really saddened by the ruling of the Supreme Court, which barred APC from fielding candidates in Rivers State. The courts have barred us from participating in the general election in Rivers State.

“However, as we remain resolute in our effort to win the 2019 general election, I assure you that justice will be done.”
He declared that his administration would ensure that the Rivers State chapter of the APC gets justice despite the ruling of the Supreme Court, which struck out its appeal.

The Supreme Court in a judgment delivered in the main appeal on the contentious issue that emanated from the congresses and primary elections of the party in Rivers, held that the appeal of the APC was statute-barred.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Amir Sanusi, the apex court agreed with the respondents led by Mr. Ibrahim Umar, that the suit was a pre-election matter and that the appeal filed by the APC was done outside the 14 days required by law.
The Supreme Court consequently struck out the appeal for being statute-barred and having becoming an academic exercise.

Justice Sanusi announced that reasons for the judgment would be available in three months’ time.
Counsel to the APC, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), had on Monday argued that the suit that brought the appeal was not a pre-election matter.
His contention was that those who instituted the suit at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had no locus standi to have done so because they were not governorship aspirants.

Umar and 22 others believed to be loyal to Senator Magnus Abe had filed a suit at the Rivers Statel High Court in Port Harcourt to challenge their unlawful exclusion by the Rotimi Amaechi faction of the APC from participating in the congresses of the party designed to produce delegates for the primary elections.

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Narrowing Options Between Buhari and Abubakar
Wed, 13 Feb 2019

From all indications, the 2019 presidential election, which is largely believed to be a two-horse race between the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has thrown up so many factors that has completely upset the computations of many pundits.

Though a critical population of voters have openly said they want neither the PDP nor the APC, the strength of the alternative presidential candidates like Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim of Peoples Trust, Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party, Ahmed Buhari of Sustainable Nigeria Party, Tope Fasua of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party. Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria and Omoyele Sowore of Africa Action Alliance would have been in their ability to come together to challenge the two leading political parties in the country. Their failure to work together has undoubtedly left the field open to the APC and the PDP. However, it is instructive that these parties and a few others have opted to finish the race, refusing to join the conference of political parties that have adopted either Buhari or Abubakar. It will be interesting to see which of these parties will come close to the APC and the PDP, in terms of the numbers of votes recorded for them.

The usual calculations based on ethnicity and religion in the 2019 presidential have been completely watered and relegated to an inconsequential level, such that the character, experience and background of the candidates. Incidentally, both Buhari and Abubakar are Muslims. The two men are northerners and of the Fulani extraction. Unlike 2015, when Buhari was able to rally the entire north behind him as a monolithic bloc of voters who were obliged to support their kinsman against a southern Christian minority, the choice has been narrowed because similar emotional attachment surround the candidacy of Buhari and Abubakar when it comes to certain primordial considerations. In this election, Buhari cannot claim to be more Muslim or Fulani than Abubakar.

At the beginning of the week, Abubakar sent a strong message to the Buhari camp with the intimidating crowd that heard him espouse his message to ‘Get Nigeria Working Again’. As THISDAY reported, the Abubakar presidential rally in Kano clearly showed that the PDP had made huge gains in some northern states previously considered a safe berth for the APC and Buhari. The ruling party at the centre can no longer hope to record a ‘Buhari hurricane’ of victory in the northern states like it did in 2015. The tide of that hurricane has been stemmed with the seaming non-performance of the APC government in the last four years. Things have changed so dramatically for the worse that the common cry everywhere is the clamour to ‘change the change’.

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Enhancing Compliance among Currency Dealers
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
The recent digitisation of Bureaux de Change operations with the launch of the association’s live portal is expected to enhance compliance by the currency dealers, writes Obinna Chima The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) recently unveiled its live run automation portal to over 4,500 Bureau De Change (BDCs) in Lagos. The []The post Enhancing Compliance among Currency Dealers appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Understanding His Enduring Quest for a New Nigeria
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
By Udora Orizu Fela Adetokunbo Durotoye was born on May 121971 is a politician, leadership expert and the CEO of the Gemstone Group, a leadership development institution aimed at raising leaders of excellence and exemplary values who would be committed to building Nigeria into a most desirable nation to live in by 2025. Durotoye earned []The post Understanding His Enduring Quest for a New Nigeria appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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BEDC Boosts Safety Campaign in Edo Schools
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
The BEDC Electricity Plc (BEDC) has further demonstrated its commitment to reducing electrical accidents among school children and tampering with electricity equipment as it continued with its safety sensitisation campaigns in primary and secondary schools. The power distribution company donated over 20,000 exercise books with safety tips to some schools in Edo state. The safety []The post BEDC Boosts Safety Campaign in Edo Schools appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Investment in Knowledge, Human Capital will Develop Nigeria, Says Faborode
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
In this interview with Funmi Ogundare, former Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Secretary General, Committee of Vice-Chancellors in Nigeria, Professor Michael Faborode said Nigeria should invest in knowledge system through human capital development as a panacea for under-development How would you describe your experience going back into the classroom to teach after your []The post Investment in Knowledge, Human Capital will Develop Nigeria, Says Faborode appeared first o
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Ramos Leads Rejuvenated Madrid in 600th Appearance
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
When Real Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat against CSKA Moscow in their last Champions League group game in December they looked far removed from the defending champions, let alone like the side that had just won the competition for the third straight time. It compounded a woeful few months for the club as coach []The post Ramos Leads Rejuvenated Madrid in 600th Appearance appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Avanti Partners MainOne on Broadband Penetration
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
Emma Okonji and Chris Uba Avanti Communications Group Plc, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and MainOne, a premier connectivity and data centre solutions company in West Africa, have signed an agreement to jointly improve broadband penetration across Nigeria by providing the latest KA-band based []The post Avanti Partners MainOne on Broadband Penetration appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Between NUPENCO and PenCom’s Transfer Window
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
The recent licencing of the Nigerian University Pension Company by the National Pension Commission has spelt the need for immediate commencement of transfer window for the sector, writes Ebere Nwoji The recent approval of operational license for Nigerian University Pension Management Company (NUPENCO), a new Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) that will oversee the management of []The post Between NUPENCO and PenCom’s Transfer Window appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Group Renovates Classrooms in Ayetero-Gbede School
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja Four blocks of classrooms at the Community High School, Ayetero-Gbede, Kogi State were recently renovated and inaugurated by the Ayetoro-Gbede Global Network (AGN). The inauguration ceremony was attended by eminent personalities from the community among who were the Managing Director of THISDAY Newspaper, Mr. Eniola Bello; Professor Obaro Olu, the Chairman []The post Group Renovates Classrooms in Ayetero-Gbede School appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ashade: Investors Should Have Clear Investment Objectives
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
The Group Chief Executive Officer of United Capital Plc, an investing banking group, Mr. Peter Ashade, in this interview with Goddy Egene, speaks on the operations of the firm and various capital market issues. Excerpts: Given the volatility in the market, what is the best way you would advise investors to play the market’ First, []The post Ashade: Investors Should Have Clear Investment Objectives appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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