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Obasanjo, a beneficiary of rigged polls, says Tinubu

Obasanjo, a beneficiary of rigged polls, says Tinubu

2019-02-06 04:38:52

The national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, yesterday described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a beneficiary of rigged elections.At the party’s presidential rally in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Tinubu alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under former Obasanjo, rigged elections in its favour in 2003 and 2007. Tinubu, who said the PDP was crying wolf about rigging in the forthcoming polls because it lacked capacity to win, added that Obasanjo who was among those raising the allegation benefitted from manipulated elections in the past. He implored the people to vote and prevent their… continue reading


Shettima weeps over Boko Haram resurgence

Shettima weeps over Boko Haram resurgence

2019-01-08 05:08:56

Governor Kashim Shettima wept yesterday when he led elders of Borno State to meet President Muhammadu Buhari over the Boko Haram crisis. He arrived at the Presidential Villa at about 2.30 p.m. looking despondent and went straight to the council chamber, venue of the meeting, where he spoke amid tears. The meeting was a follow up to an emergency security session in Maiduguri last Monday, which deliberated on the resurgence of Boko Haram activities in parts of the state. The governor nevertheless expressed confidence in the ability of the president to restore normalcy to the troubled state. He said: “Between… continue reading


We want varsities to re-open by weekend, says FG

We want varsities to re-open by weekend, says FG

2019-01-08 04:29:12

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the eight-week old strike embarked upon by the union would continue until an agreement was reached by the members on government proposals concerning their demands. Ogunyemi said this after the end of a three-hour meeting between the leadership of the union and government representatives, led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige. The minister said after the meeting that N20bn out of N105bn earned allowance would be released soon by the FG to offset outstanding arrears of 2009/2012 audit verified earnings in the university… continue reading


PDP alerts UN, peace committee to alleged threats to 2019 elections

PDP alerts UN, peace committee to alleged threats to 2019 elections

2019-01-07 03:06:09

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alerted the United Nations (UN) and Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee of the threat posed to the February general elections by President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged desperate self-succession bid. “We want the whole world to know that Nigeria is in a perilous time. President Buhari’s desperation for self-succession has become the major threat to our national unity, stability and peaceful electoral process. Having realized that Nigerians are rallying behind our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next president, the Buhari Presidency is now seeking ways to enmesh the electoral process in crisis,” the PDP declared at… continue reading


SERAP demands names of fraudulent power projects contractors

SERAP demands names of fraudulent power projects contractors

2019-01-07 03:02:27

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has been asked to provide the names and details of contractors that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute them, from 1999 to 2018. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) made the request, exercising its Freedom of Information (FOI) right. According to SERAP, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, reportedly blew the whistle on a renowned television channel. “Contractors were given some contracts for power projects and were paid 100 percent upfront. The money went down the drain. Up… continue reading


Never let me go: Solskjaer wants to stay as Man United boss

Never let me go: Solskjaer wants to stay as Man United boss

2019-01-03 04:20:13

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Matt Busby in the Manchester United record books in his team’s 2-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday and admitted he does not want to leave the club in the summer. The United interim manager, in charge until the end of the season when he is scheduled to return to his Norwegian club Molde, has now won his first four games in charge. In United’s history, only the legendary and iconic Busby has matched that achievement and Solskjaer celebrated enthusiastically with his club’s travelling supporters after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford secured the win. “I… continue reading


Liverpool will drop points, says Man City boss Guardiola

Liverpool will drop points, says Man City boss Guardiola

2019-01-03 04:00:56

Pep Guardiola is convinced Premier League leaders Liverpool will drop points between now and the end of the season as the Manchester City boss prepares for Thursday’s huge title clash with the Reds. Guardiola’s City side have been unable to keep pace with unbeaten Liverpool despite their own blistering start and sit in third place, seven points behind Jurgen Klopp’s outfit ahead of their crunch meeting at the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool have dropped just six points so far this season and come into the match on a nine-match winning streak in the league, but Guardiola is confident they will make… continue reading


Again, government team meets labour over new minimum wage

Again, government team meets labour over new minimum wage

2019-01-03 03:39:31

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are billed to meet a Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, in Abuja tomorrow over the new minimum wage. The General Secretary of NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson yesterday in Abuja, said that the organised labour would attend tomorrow’s meeting. He also said labour had not decided to stage a nationwide strike, but rallies and protests across the 36 states and Abuja next week Tuesday. “We will attend the Friday meeting but we are no more interested in talking. This is the time… continue reading


Petrol subsidy hits N2.43b daily

Petrol subsidy hits N2.43b daily

2019-01-03 03:31:49

The task of determining the daily consumption and subsidy on petroleum products has been taken over by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).The development came as statistics show that the government currently pays N2.434billion daily to subsidise petrol.It was gathered that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) saddled with the responsibility of determining the pricing template of petroleum products in the country had been unable to discharge the responsibility in the last two years. Indeed, the PPPRA official website which displays the landing cost and other parameters for determining the… continue reading


PDP to Buhari: For peaceful polls, let IG retire Jan 15

PDP to Buhari: For peaceful polls, let IG retire Jan 15

2019-01-03 03:27:20

The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, retire on January 15, the IG’s 60th birthday. The party said this was one of the ways the President could convince Nigerians and the international community about his commitment to have free, fair and acceptable elections this year. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this while answering questions in Abuja on Wednesday, said there was no need to extend the tenure of the IG. He said the police force as an institution had many officers… continue reading


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