Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Tuesday 26th February 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

Tinubu to constituents: thank you
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Senator Oluremi Tinubu has commended the people of Lagos Central Senatorial District for electing her to represent the district in the National Assembly for the next four years.The senator renewed her commitment to move Lagos Central and Nigeria moving forward.Senator Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 131, 725 votes to defeat her closest rival, Adesunbo Onitiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 89, 107 votes.In a statement released yesterday in Lagos and person
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Buhari set for victory as INEC announces results from 12 states, FCT
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seems set for victory in Saturdays presidential election. He is leading his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenger Atiku Abubakar in seven of the 11 states announced by the electoral umpireas at 12:45am.Atiku won in four and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The collation of the results continues at 10am today.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results at the International Conference Centre (I
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APC to dominate Senate
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Tinubu, Amosun, Ekwunife, Folarin, Uba, Gaidam winUba brothers, Ajimobi, Dankwambo, Mulikat Adeola failGoing by the senatorial election results announced in states by Returning Officers, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) seems set to dominate the 109-member Red Chamber.Out of the 18 seats in the Southwest, the APC won 14, leaving four to the PDP.It is being trailed by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).There were upsets as some candidates believed to be heavyweights failed to
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Observers score polls high
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Parties should honour peace pact Security agencies get kudosNo underage voters, says ex-Tanzania presidentEU Mission lauds Nigerians, civil society organisationsU.S. cautions against unauthorised announcement of resultsInternational observers yesterday awarded the conduct of last Saturdays elections a pass mark.To the Commonwealth Observer Group, a major gain of the Presidential and National Assembly elections is the fact that Nigerians had the opportunity to express their will and exercise thei
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Buhari, Atiku show strength as results trickle in from states
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Going by the results so far released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 73 registered political parties fielded candidates in Saturdays Presidential Election for the fun of it.Only President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his challenger Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were showing strength as the results of the poll trickled in yesterday.The Returning Officers from the states were at the International Conference Centre (ICC)
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U.S. cautions against illegal announcement of results
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
In a statement yesterday, United States (U.S.) Ambassador, W. Stuart Symington, commended Nigerians for their conduct during the election on Saturday.The envoy cautioned parties against jumping the gun to announce results before INEC, the body statutorily backed to do so.The statement reads: I congratulate the tens of millions of Nigerians who stood patiently in long lines to vote this week and the hundreds of thousands who worked together with INEC to conduct the elections.As noted by many obse
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AbdulRazaq: Saturdays victory has moved Kwara from Egypt
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
The Kwara State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, yesterday said last Saturdays historical electoral feat of the party has taken the residents many miles away from Pharaohs Egypt.He attributed the victory to the resilient people of the state, congratulating all our lawmakers-elect for their deserving victory.AbdulRazaq told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, that together with our people, we have fought a good and noble fight in de
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PDP: presidential election results unacceptable
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday disputed the results being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), describing them as incorrect and unacceptable.It also protested the cancellation of over 157, 000 votes in Nasarawa State.INEC yesterday announced the cancellation over what the electoral body described as irregularities and violent disruption of voting.It was learnt that the situation would be reviewed by the electoral body before announcing its final decisi
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I dont believe in rumour, Ill wait for INEC result, says Buhari
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari would rather wait for the result that will be declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rather than rely on rumours.He was dismissing the various results being posted on social media platforms in the aftermath of Saturdays presidential and National Assembly election.The President, who spoke on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from his Daura country home in Katsina, said he would wait for the final result declaration by I
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Fed Govt warns against plan to truncate electoral process
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
THE Federal Government has strongly warned against alleged plan by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to truncate the electoral process and render the elections held on Saturday inconclusive.According to the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued yesterday in Oro, Kwara State, the oppositions plan was to trigger a constitutional crisis and push for an interim government.He said the PDP has started laying the groundwork for a constitutional crisi
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Tinubu hails INEC, security agencies for peaceful poll
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday spoke on the presidential election, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari will win.He hailed the peaceful conduct of the poll in many states of the federation.Tinubu, who spoke with reporters in Lagos, after receiving some party leaders, said the electoral commission did its best to conduct a peaceful exercise.Hailing the security agencies for their patriotism, he expressed satisfaction with their performance of their electo
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Ajimobis legacy of service
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
The tenure of Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who broke the second term jinx in 2015, will expire on May 29. In this piece, Joke Jacobs examines the achievements of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the Pacesetter State.Having mounted the saddle of the leadership of Oyo State in May 29, 2011, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the ebullient governor of the Pacesetter state declared in a speech before the massive crowd during his swearing-in-ceremony at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan
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PDP cant bounce back in Ekiti
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
At the Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost its bid to displace Governor Kayode Fayemi. During last weekends presidential and National Assembly polls, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) also defeated the opposition party. EMMANUEL OLADESU writes on the significance of the polls.EKITI State All Progressives Congress (APC) is singing victory songs. Governor Kayode Fayemi has triumphed over his challenges, Dr. Kolapo Eleka at the governorship t
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APC wins Takai-Sumaila Reps Seats, Others
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
The senior special adviser to president Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdulrahman Kawu-Sumaila has emerged winner of the House of Representatives seat for Takai/Sumaila Federal Constituency in Kano State.Announcing the results in Sumaila area of the state, the INEC Returning Officer for the constituency, Prof. Mustapha Hassan-Bichi, said the APC candidate scored 55, 487 votes.Abdurrahman Kawu-Sumaila defeated two other major contenders from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a
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2019: PDP wins all nine National Assembly seats in Ebonyi
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cleared all the National Assembly seats in Ebonyi State.The party defeated its main challenger, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the three senatorial seats and six House of Representatives seats.The senatorial candidate of the PDP in Ebonyi South Senatorial zone, Michael Ama Nnachi polled a total of 103,751 votes to defeat his closest rival of the APC, Nweze Onu, who got 19,663 votes.Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) candidate, Eze Igwe Ogbofia got 5
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Okorocha warns against rigging of Imo guber election
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Imo state governor and Senator-elect for Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned against any attempt by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and politicians to rig the governorship election slated for March 9.The governor who was almost denied the Imo West Senatorial seat by the Collation Officer, Professor Ibeawuchi Francis, after garnering the highest vote, warned that the people will resist any attempt to rig the governorship election.Okorocha who addressed journalists shortl
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Oil prices dip to $65
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Oil prices sank yesterday by about three per cent after United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump told the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prices were on the high side.WTI Crude was down 2.58 per cent at $55.78, and Brent Crude was trading down 2.39 per cent at $65.64.But foremost investment bank, Goldman Sachs, said Brent crude oil prices could reach between $70 and $75 a barrel in the near term, with an upside potential of exceeding the $67.50 a barrel forecast.Nigerias
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A sad anniversary
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Last week, was the anniversary of the abduction of the saintly Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi school girl who was taken from her school with her colleagues by the dreaded Boko Haram in 2018. A sad anniversary for her and her loved ones, especially. Her parents had pleaded with the federal government not to allow her spend the anniversary in captivity, but the government could not do anything to return her home.While Leahs colleagues were released following a quick intervention by the Buhari-led govern
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MainOne, Facebook partner fiber network
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
MainOne and Facebook have partnered over metro fiber infrastructure project in two states of Nigeria. The collaboration in infrastructure is part of Facebooks efforts to connect more people to broadband internet. As part of this project, MainOne is building and operating approximately 750 km terrestrial fiber infrastructure in Edo and Ogun states, two of Nigerias fastest growing states.These open-access transport networks will provide metro fiber connectivity to reach more than 1,000,000 people
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Voting for peace and progress
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
It was decision day for Nigerians last weekend at all the polling units nationwide. Over 72 million Nigerians, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), were eligible to vote in a highly anticipated election that was postponed earlier by one week. Media reports indicated the elections were largely orderly and peaceful although cases of electoral violence were recorded in some states. This is good news because of the disruptive nature of previous elections in Nigeria. In
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Peterside seeks greater role for African women in Maritime
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, has announced the Agencys readiness to support initiatives aimed at getting more African women involved in the industry.He made this known while receiving the president of Womens International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), Ghana, Jemilat Mahamah, in his office, last week.Globally, the focus in the maritime industry today is how to get more women involved in the sector, whether a
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Before we create another wasted generation
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Obi got a job at are a research institute at the beginning of July, a week after finishing his final year degree examinations, which he passed at a respectable class of Second Class ( Lower Division). With this job, Obi had a tremendous transformation from a jean-wearing indigent undergraduate with uncertain future, to a respectable civil servant, albeit in the lower wrung of the senior service ladder, and he could then plan with confidence his future. Within a week of getting this job, he was a
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Resolving gridlock on Lagos roads
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Will a formal policy improve transportation architecture in Lagos State’ The government says yes, writes ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBETHE huge financial cost of gridlocks on Lagos roads was grimly painted by Patrick Adenusi, Founder, Safety Without Borders.According to Adenusi, if only 100,000 vehicles are held up in traffic and each driver buys N1,000 fuel, they would have spent N100 million daily. If this is done for just 20 days only, no less than N2 billion would have gone into extra fueling alon
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NAMA to operators: no going back on cashless payment
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) will not go back on the adoption of the treasury Single Account (TSA) for its transactions, its Managing Director, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, has said.He spoke at a meeting with agents and representatives of operators of non-scheduled flights.The meeting, which held at the agencys headquarters in Lagos, discussed, among other things, how to address concerns, which may arise from the cashless payment system.Akinkuotu said TSA is a Federal Governments po
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Operations picking up at Lagos ports
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Business activities are gradually picking up at the Lagos Ports of Apapa and Tin Can, following the general elections held last Saturday. Most port users had stayed away from the port arena, while some that travelled for the voting exercise are gradually returning to base for their business.At the Lagos Port Complex Apapa and the Tin Can Island Port, both in Lagos, quayside workers were seen returning to work in trickles even as various terminals tried to clear backlog of cargoes that had accumu
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Bumpy road to financial inclusion
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
The Federal Governments plan to narrow the 80 per cent gap of those financially excluded by next year may remain wishful thinking if challenges such as data privacy, security, lack of transparency as well as limited financial education and literacy, are not tackled, reports LUCAS AJANAKU.During the first quarter (Q1) of last year, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) identified that, to reach the goal of 80 per cent inclusion by 2020, an additional 7.6 million adult Nigerians would need to be finan
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AfDB commits $11.3b to Africas devt
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Governors representing the African Development Bank (AfDB) West Africa region yesterday said the lender has invested in 370 projects worth $11.3 billion between 2010 and 2017. The bank said the projects are changing lives and making a difference.They spoke at the consultative meetings with the institutions President and senior management in Abidjan, where they took stock of the banks accelerated engagement in the region.These are the second annual consultative meetings, aimed at sharing views wi
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Microsoft: AI ll drive African growth
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Technology giant, Microsoft, has said artificila intelligence (AI) is primed to be the driving force of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, adding however its widespread acceptance and adoption among businesses is still in early stages.It said last year was an important one in shifting current perceptions around AI, demonstrating it as a technology that is here to augment human capabilities, not replace them, and to benefit the speed and scale of any organisation, large or small.These conversation
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Stock market rallies on successful polls
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Nigerian equities market broke into a major rally on Monday as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) began the collation and announcement of results of Saturdays presidential and national assembly elections.With more than three advancers for every decliner, the overall market situation at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) was exceedingly positive. There were visible improvements in investors appetite for Nigerian equities across the sectors.Benchmark indices showed average gain of
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