The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 19th March, 2015

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Petrol Scarcity Resurfaces As Marketers Cut Imports

A week after queues of desperate motorists disappeared from filling stations, the nation is in for another round of fuel scarcity as marketers have significantly because they are unsure of the continued payment of subsidy on the product after the general elections.

Findings by our correspondent showed that major oil marketers, who import a large chunk of petrol consumed locally, were stalling on further importation of the product and not ready to tie their money down owing to fears that power could change hands after the general elections.

The marketers, our correspondent learnt, were keen about minimising losses, which could occur as a result of developments in the political arena; hence the return of queues at filling stations in Lagos, Abuja and other major cities in the past three days.

 

 

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CBN, Fidelity Bank To Boost Economic Growth

Fidelity Bank Plc says it will continue to promote financial literacy among youths as part of its commitment towards deepening the economy. In line with this, the bank said it would partner the Central Bank of Nigeria to introduce financial literacy as a subject in the curriculum of schools across the country.

 

 

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Power Firms Kick Against Tariff Reduction

The announcement of the reduction of electricity tariff by about 50 per cent by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission is causing tension among power distribution companies, who have kicked against the move. The Discos had anticipated recouping their Aggregate Technical, Commercial and Collection losses from consumers based on the provisions of the Multi Year Tariff.

 

 

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We Are Not Against Rebuilding Of Chibok School

Representatives of the Chibok community in Borno State on Wednesday in Abuja met with the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as part of efforts to ensure the successful implementation of the safe school initiative.

 

 

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800 Policemen Deployed In Kaduna For Kaduna For Jonathan’s Wife

Eight hundred plain-clothe and regular policemen were deployed in Kaduna to provide security for the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan, during the Peoples Democratic Party North-West rally for women on Wednesday.

 

 

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We Have Uncovered Plot By APC To Cause Chaos – PDP

The presidential campaign organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm that the opposition All Progressives Congress is planning to plunge the nation into crisis because defeat is steering it in the face.

 

 

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APC Assembly Candidate Killed

A House of Assembly candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Okon Uwah, was reportedly killed on Wednesday while on campaign in Ward Three in the Ukanafun Local Government Area.

Uwah, who was contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Congress to represent the Ukanafun State Constituency, was a former Deputy Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

The facts of the killing remained sketchy as of the time of this report but our correspondent learnt late on Wednesday that the corpse had been deposited in a morgue in the area.

 

 

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Abia Gives Kalu 72-Hour Ultimatum To Apologize

Abia State Government has given the former governor of the state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, 72 hours to apologise to the state over media statements credited to him.

The former governor was quoted to have said in an interview that “our people will burn down the state. We are ready for them.”

Kalu, who was responding to a question on how he would react if his movement was restricted on the forthcoming Election Day (as was allegedly done in 2011), said, “The governor cannot try it. If he tries it, it will be the end of his administration.”

Briefing newsmen at the Government House over the matter, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere, said, “The statements are treasonable as they connote that the former governor has concluded plans to wage a war against the state.

 

 

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APC To Drag President Jonathan Before ICC

The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation   has said that it will send a petition against President Goodluck Jonathan to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands.

The crux of the petition   is the protest by armed pro-Jonathan groups in Lagos on Monday, which the APCPCO, considers “a foretaste of the violence they plan to unleash on election days.”

Members of the groups – Oodua Peoples Congress and the Coalition of Concerned Nigerians – had taken to the streets, demanding the sack of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

 

 

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Afenifere Endorsement Of Jonathan Wrong – Akinrinade

A former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade, says the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, is wrong. He said while members of the organisation might have their political leanings, it was wrong for some Yoruba leaders to use the platform to canvass for votes for a particular candidate.

 

 

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Buhari Will Restore Hope To Nigeria – Utomi

Renowned Political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, has urged Igbos and Nigerians at large to vote for the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), whom he said would restore hope to Nigeria.

 

 

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We Swore An Oath Not To Attend Anti-Jega Rally – OPC

Members of the Oodua Peoples Congress in Ekiti State have said they swore to an oath not to attend the protest organised against the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, in Lagos, on Monday. The Lagos rally was organised by the OPC National Coordinator, Gani Adams, who has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the March 28 presidential poll.

The Ekiti OPC members said they shunned the rally to protest the neglect of their leader, Niyi Adedipe, also known as Apase, who has been remanded in Ado Ekiti prisons.

Ekiti Deputy Coordinator of OPC, Olowo Oladele, said its members were angry with Adams for attempting to coerce them into his personal agenda without supporting Adedipe in his trying times.

“In fact, we all entered into an oath that nobody should attend the Gani Adams rally in Lagos even if they offer us N1 million each because the freedom of Apase who is an innocent man is very important to us,” he said.

Lateef said, “All the 16 local government coordinators, in solidarity with Apase, decided to stay away from the anti-Jega rally.

“We dissociated ourselves from the anti-Jega rally because we don’t want to lose focus of why OPC was established, which was to protect the interests of the Yoruba anywhere in the world.

“OPC is for Yoruba interest and not for somebody’s personal interests. That is our stand and we have no apology for that. Our members are not interested in any pipeline contract or any filthy lucre for that matter.

“What we are interested in is how our leader, Apase, will be released from prison because we strongly believe that he did not commit the offence for which he is being remanded.”

 

 

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TMG Cautions OPC, MASSOB On Protests

The Transition Monitoring Group on Wednesday cautioned the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra and the Odua Peoples Congress over their recent protests in the country.

The TMG, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Ibrahim   Zikirullahi, expressed concerns that the two ethnic militias were disrupting peace and inciting violence in the process of airing their grievances on national issues.

The group also slammed security agencies such as the police for not taking action against unrest, saying security agencies connived with the protesters.

It maintained that although the TMG was not opposed to protest as a tool for drawing attention to issues, the manner in which the OPC and MASSOB have conducted themselves so far “was anti-democracy.”

 

 

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Buhari Should Seek Yoruba’s Forgiveness, Not Votes – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) should rather seek forgiveness and not votes from the Yoruba people of the South-West as well as Edo and Delta states.

 

 

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Filling Stations Make N184m Profit Daily On Petrol

Filling stations across the country make approximately N184m profit daily from the sales of Premium Motor Spirit (otherwise called petrol). They are making N4.60 on every litre of petrol sold to final consumers, according to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency.

 

 

THE SUN:

Buhari Will Jail You If He Wins – Mrs. Jonathan

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, warned the people of Rivers State yesterday not to vote the presidential can­didate of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC), General Mohammadu Buhari, on March 28.

Dame Jonathan gave the warning at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women rally held at the Liberation Stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt. She said Buhari would jail his perceived political enemies, pointing out that, a dictator would always remain a dicta­tor.

According to her, Buhari can’t fight corruption. “Whenever he (Buhari) comes to you again, ask him what he did for Rivers State when he was Head of State”. The First Lady warned the women not to sell their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), adding that they must vote out “this expired drug called APC”.

She listed out the achievements of the PDP-led government under Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan, declaring that the party would install Chief Nyesom Wike as the next governor. “PDP will install Nyesom Wike as governor be­cause President Jonathan is a lion and he gave birth to a lion”.

 

 

THE SUN:

Polls: March 28 Is A Sacrosanct, Jega Assures Nigerians

Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has told some Nigerians clamouring for the postponement of the next week’s genral elections that the date is sacrosanct, ruling out any possibility of further postponement.

 

 

THE SUN:

APC Warns Against Moves To Compromise INEC

All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to summon Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, to a meeting not attended by other political parties in Abuja on Tuesday is part of moves to compromise the integrity of the electoral commission, expected to be fair and neutral.

 

 

THE SUN:

Count Me Out Of Groups Defecting To PDP – Atiku

Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has denied knowledge of the groups of politicians who announced their defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the APC.

 

 

THE SUN:

It’s Shameful Taking President Abroad For Treatment – Fashola

Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has frowned on the rationale behind flying Nigerian presidents abroad for medical attention. He said the practice diminishes Nigeria’s image.

 

 

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Henry Igwe

Henry Igwe

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