The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 16th March, 2015

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THE SUN:

Drama As Ekwunife, Ngige Clash In Church

A mild drama ensued as the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP) and All Progres­sives Congress (APC) sena­torial candidates for Anam­bra Central District, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife and Senator Chris Ngige clashed during Mothers’ Day celebration in an Anglican Church.

The two senatorial can­didates separately came to St. Silas Anglican Church, Enekwasumpu to felicitate with the women as part of this year’s Anglican Church Mother’s Day celebration.

Ekwunife had earlier ar­rived the church alongside her supporters amidst ju­bilation as members of the church rose in celebration to receive the senatorial candi­date of the PDP.

Shortly after her arrival, the APC candidate, Ngige came into the same church amidst jubilation.

The two political candi­dates showed uncommon character during the church service as both embraced each other warmly to the be­wilderment of the congrega­tion who apparently thought there was no love lost be­tween them, especially as they were contesting against each other in the senatorial election.

 

 

THE SUN:

Beware Of Tinubu – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has warned the northern Nigerian people to beware of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, describing him as a treacherous politician.

 

 

THE SUN:

Polls: INEC Allays Fears Over Warehouse Fire Incident

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained that the fire that gutted the warehouse of its training institute in Abuja last Saturday will not affect the forthcoming general elections, insisting that only the electoral materials used in the 2011 elections were consumed by the inferno.

 

 

THE SUN:

YABATECH Union Election: 7 Students Suspended For Disruption

No fewer than seven students of the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) have been suspended by the management of the institution for their alleged involvement in the violent disruption of the student’s union election. Also, students’ union activities have been suspended in the college.

 

 

THE SUN:

AIG Orders Withdrawal Of Policemen From Politicians

The Assistant Inspector General of Police AIG in-charge of Zone Six, Calabar, Tunde Ogunsakin, has ordered the police commands under the zone to withdraw policemen attached to politicians in the state with immediate effect.

 

 

THE SUN:

BLOOD FLOWS AGAIN: 80 Killed As Fulani Herdsmen Invade Benue

No fewer than 80 persons were feared killed in a renewed invasion of suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on Egba village in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State yesterday. A villager, who escaped from the community, told newsmen that suspected Fulani, attacked the village at about 5am yesterday.

 

 

THE SUN:

Warplanes Bombard Boko Haram

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) warplanes yesterday sustained air raid on hideouts of Boko Haram in Yobe and Borno states. In the attack, many insurgents were killed.

 

 

THE SUN:

2 PDP Members Shot Dead In Rivers

Gunmen have shot dead two persons in Abonnem a town, in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. The victims, who were identified as Mr. Ibima Olunta, and Goodfellow Bobmanuel, were shot dead Saturday night, by unidentified assailants.

 

 

THE SUN:

Call For Interim Government Is Political Suicide – Prof. ABC Nwosu

Former Minister of Health and Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo Prof. ABC Nwosu has warned that any attempt to install an Interim Government would amount to Nigeria committing political suicide.

 

 

THE SUN:

Presidency Sponsoring Ethnic Militias – APC

The All progressives Congress (APC) yesterday accused the Goodluck Jonathan administration of sponsoring ethnic militias to foment trouble before, during and after the forthcoming general elections. The main opposition party said N9billion was recently paid out to some ex-militants and ethnic militias to mobilise them to scuttle the March 28 polls.

 

 

THE SUN:

Muhammed: Ivorians Begged Me To Miss Penalty

Flying Eagles skipper, Musa Muhammed said Cote d’Ivoire players begged him to throw away his second-half penalty in Saturday’s final AYC Group A match in Mbour. The penalty goal, the third by the right fullback at Senegal 2015, drew the Flying Eagles level at 2-2 and eventually eliminated the Ivorians from the competition.

 

 

THE SUN:

NFF Earmarks N4.738b For National Teams’ Coaches’ Salaries

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has set aside N4.738 billion for the prosecution of various local, continental and international tournaments involving all the national teams, salaries of coaches and this year’s NFF congress, excluding the Super Eagles engagements in the detailed breakdown.

 

 

THE SUN:

Rivers APC Alleges Plot By PDP, Police To Clamp Down On Members

All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State chapter, said yesterday it had uncovered plots by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to use policemen attached to the (Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS) to clamp down on its leaders.

 

 

THE SUN:

Buhari Won’t Perform Miracles Without Constitution Amendment – Gani Adams

The National Coor­dinator of the Odua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Ad­ams has said the presi­dential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muham­madu Buhari would not perform any miracle or magic regarding the myr­iad of challenges currently confronting the Nigerian nation, if voted into power.

Adams said the “change” now being harped upon by the APC was a mere slogan, which would not bring about any posi­tive development for Nigeria, without an amendment of the country’s constitution.

The OPC national coordi­nator spoke during the 2015 celebrations of the Olumo and Lisabi Day Festival in Abeo­kuta, Ogun State.

Adams said it was not enough to continue to pay mere lip service to “change” when the constitution, which was the basis of governance in Nigeria, remained fraught with so many fundamental shortcomings.

 

 

THE SUN:

Nigeria Has Brighter Fututre – Mimiko

Ondo State Governor , Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has charged Nigerians not to lose confidence and hope in the nation because of her present challenges, insisting that brighter future awaits the nation.

 

 

THE SUN:

Manufacturers And The New Electricity Tariff

There is a growing discontent in the manufacturing sector over the recent astronomical increase in electricity tariff. The new electricity fixed charge for commercial consumers also reportedly increased, in some instances, from N25,000 to N250,0000.

 

 

PUNCH:

Skye Bank Takes Financial Literacy To Osun

Skye Bank Plc has taken its mentoring of students in financial literacy as endorsed by the Bankers’ Committee to Osun State to underscore the imperatives of the savings culture among students, a statement by the lender has said.

 

 

PUNCH:

Nigerian, Chinese Investors To Develop Houses In Three States

Some Nigerian investors and their Chinese counterparts have entered into an agreement to promote housing developments in the South Western states of Ondo, Osun and Ogun.

 

 

PUNCH:

Banks Cut Dollar Loans To Companies

The current depression in the Nigerian economy caused by oil price slump in the international market and the subsequent devaluation of the naira are exerting a serious pressure on businesses, which are finding it difficult to get credit facilities from the banks.

 

 

PUNCH:

We Didn’t Endorse President – LP

The Labour Party on Sunday said the purported endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for the forthcoming general elections at the party’s National Executive Council meeting held in Ibadan was done by impostors. While dissociating itself from the endorsement, the party said it did not endorse any candidate and would not do so.

 

 

PUNCH:

Ohaneze Sensitizes Ndigbo To PVC

Determined to ensure full participation of eligible Igbo voters in the forthcoming elections, the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio- cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has commenced sensitisation tours of communities in Abia State on the collection of Permanent Voter Cards.

 

 

PUNCH:

We Rejected Jonathan Dollars – Arewa Community

Hundreds of Arewa leaders who received Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, in Lagos on Sunday, said they rejected hundreds of thousands of dollars which was offered to them by President Goodluck Jonathan when the President visited the state two weeks ago.

 

 

PUNCH:

Expose PVC Fraudsters, APC, Alao-Akala Tell INEC

A former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, and the All Progressives Congress in the state have called on the Oyo State Police Command and the Independent National Electoral Commission to expose the man caught with 500 Permanent Voter Cards in Ogbomoso on Saturday and his sponsors.

 

 

PUNCH:

Endorse IACC, SERAP Tells Jonathan, Buhari

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has advised the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, President Goodluck Jonathan, and his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to support the global call for the International Anti-Corruption Court to probe corrupt leaders in the country if elected.

 

 

PUNCH:

PVC: Court Puts INEC On Notice

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos has ordered that the Independent National Electoral Commission be put on notice a suit challenging the use of the Permanent Voter Card and smartcard reader for the general election.

 

 

PUNCH:

Jonathan Sponsoring MASSOB, OPC To Disrupt Elections – APC

The All Progressives Congress has accused the President Goodluck Jonathan administration of sponsoring ethnic militias such as the Odua Peoples Congress and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra to foment trouble before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

 

 

PUNCH:

Pipeline Contract: Ex-Militants Threatening My Life – IYC President

The President, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, has raised the alarm that some ex-militant leaders are threatening to kill him. He claimsthe ex-militants wants him dead because of his position that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation surveillance contracts to oil-bearing communities in Bayelsa State should be reviewed to involve all communities.

 

 

THE NATION:

100% PVC Collection Not Possible – Solomon Adeola

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts Hon. Solomon Adeola said at the weekend that a 100 per cent Permanent Voters Card (PVC) collection before election is not attainable. Addressing All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leaders from Lagos West Senatorial District, who visited him, the senatorial candidate said from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) statistics, Lagos State has attained 81 per cent PVC collection.

 

 

THE NATION:

Adamawa PDP: A Divided House

All is not well with the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, despite the recent presidential visit. The squabbling in the Adamawa State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is yet to end, despite President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s visit. The grouse was generated in the wake of the party’s primaries, which were characterised by the imposition of candidates at all levels.

 

 

THE NATION:

PDP Not Scared Of Election – Ayakeme

The National Secretary of the Southern Nigerian Peoples Assembly (SNPA), Dr. Ayakeme Whiskey, spoke on the preparations for the general elections and other issues in Asaba, the capital of Delta State recently. “The PDP is not afraid of this election. We want a transparent election. Let the needful be done, let every registered Nigerian have access to their PVCs, let there be no undue influence from INEC”, he said.

 

 

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