The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 2nd March, 2015

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THE NATION:

Fear Of New Polls Shift Rises

There are fears that the March 28 and April 11 elections may be shifted. The elections were originally slated for February 14 and 28. They were shifted because the Service Chiefs told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that they could not guarantee security. They asked for six weeks to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents troubling the Northeast. The same reason is likely to be advanced in making a case for another postponement.

 

 

THE NATION:

Marketers Halt Importation As Petrol Scarcity Persists

Fuel queues grew longer in many cities at the weekend no thanks to the disagreement over subsidy between the government and marketers. It was gathered that because marketers have reduced their import, the scarcity may persist. But the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) plans to triple its supplies to mitigate the shortfall. Many filling stations in major cities, including Lagos and Abuja, at the weekend either did not sell the product or sold above the N87 price.

 

 

THE NATION:

APC Alleges PDP Plans To Push For New Election Dates

The APC yesterday raised alarm over the relentless scheming by the Goodluck Jonathan Administration and the PDP to push for another postponement of the 2015 general elections, unless they can perfect a rigging plan, and called for the imposition of global sanctions on whoever scuttles the polls.

 

 

THE NATION:

I’m Not Seeking To Be President Through The Backdoor – Tinubu

The ruling PDP has stepped up its attack on the APC. It alleged last week that the National Leader of the opposition party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has an ulterior motive to become president through the backdoor. In fact, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Organization (PDPCO) Femi Fani-Kayode, told a news conference in Abuja that the APC presidential running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo signed an undertaken to leave office after a certain period of time giving room for Tinubu to step in.

 

 

THE NATION:

Reps To Probe NNPC For $14.9bn NLNG Profit

The House of Representatives is set to probe the whereabouts of $14.9billion (about N3 trillion) profit the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company paid to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The amount represents the dividends accruing from the sales of liquefied gas from 2004 to n2014 and which the NLNG Company said it paid into the corporatipon’s accounts.

 

 

THE NATION:

CJN Warns Magistrates Against Scuttling Electoral Process

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN ), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has warned magistrates against allowing themselves to be used by politicians to scuttle the electoral process. He also advised the authorities of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to be thorough in its investigation and support its cases with cogent evidence to avert delays in the prosecution of corrupt cases.

 

 

THE NATION:

PDP Criticizes Buhari’s Lecture

Days after Gen. Buhari got a standing ovation at Chatham House, London, the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is still battling to stop the gains of event. The PDPCO yesterday alleged that the APC paid Chatham House for Gen. Buhari to speak at the prestigious institute last Thursday. Chatham House is not a profit-making organization. It is not known to charge fees for hosting dignitaries.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Crisis Looms In NCAA Over 187 Sacked Workers

Another round of crisis may be brewing in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, over the refusal of its Director-General, Capt. Usamn Mukhtar, to recall 187 sacked workers of the parastatal.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Blame Prison Congestion On Magistrates – CJN

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, has blamed the magistracy for the perennial problem of prison congestion in the country. He said magistrate were in the habit of throwing accused persons without any formal charge into prisons even as they impose stringent bail conditions on accused persons, thereby making them to overstay in the prison.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Police Deserter Shot Dead By Security Operatives

A gunman said to be a serving policeman in Okene, Kogi State, was shot dead yesterday in a gun duel with a combined squad of the Army and the Air Firce. The runaway policeman was said to be in his thirties, and whose name was yet to be ascertained as at the press time.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Jonathan Congratulates Adeboye at 73

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on his 73rd birthday today. In a congratulatory letter to Adeboye, the president paid glowing tribute to the productive spiritual leadership the religious leader continues to provide for members of his church and Christians in the country.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Nigeria Spends N2bn Annually On Stockfish Import

Nigeria, believed to be one of the highest consumers of stockfish and allied products in the world, spends over N2billion on importation of 900 containers of the product from the Republic of Iceland. Trade statistics also show that Nigerian importers have lost over N901.4million to fraud, poor packaging and handling.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Polls Will Be Violence-free – Cleric

Popular Warri-based cleric in Delta State, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin, has predicted that the forthcoming general elections would be violence-free. “The exercise would be peaceful and rancor-free”, he said. Fufeyin, who is Founder and General Overseer of Christ Mercy Land Deliverance Ministries, Effurun, Warri, made the prediction during a special service to unveil his prophecies.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

No Igbo Can Become President In 20 Years – Lawyer

A Calabar-based legal practitioner and former president-general of Igbo community in Cross River State, Chief Onyebueke Fidelis Obi, has said that no Igbo man can become president of Nigeria in the next 20 years. Onyebueke made the remark while fielding questions from journalists in Calabar at the weekend.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Why We Enabled Abuja Peace Pact – Obi

Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi has stressed the need for political stakeholders at all levels to buy into the key ingredients of the Peace Accord which was recently signed in Abuja by presidential candidates and chairmen of political parties, including President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Arewa Youth Supports PDP Claims On Buhari’s Health

Northern Youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Integrity Forum, AYIF, has supported the claim by the PDP that APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari is critically ill and unfit to be Nigeria’s president.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

PDP Chieftain Predicts Victory For Jonathan

A chieftain of the PDP, Chief Olasoji Adagunodo-Oluwatukesi, has predicted that President Goodluck Jonathan would win the March 28 presidential elections, warning right thinking voters to ignore the opposition, which he said is campaigning along ethnic and religious lines because of its desperation for power.

 

 

NATIONAL MIRROR:

Polls: Ahmed Calls For Prayers

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatash Ahmed, at the weekend in Ilorin called on Nigerians to show more concerns for the coming general elections by praying fervently towards it.

 

 

THE SUN:

Mob Set Suspected Female Suicide Bomber Ablaze In Bauchi

A mob yesterday set ablaze a woman suspected to be a suicide bomber. It was learnt that the suspected bomber wore a hijab to the market in company of a man in military uniform. Daily Sun learnt that both refused to surrender themselves to be checked at the entrance.

 

 

THE SUN:

Polls: INEC To Deploy 134,000 Corps Members

The INEC has accredited and trained 134,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to serve as ad hoc staff during this month’s general elections.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Violence In Ogun As APC, PDP Clash AT Amosun’s Campaign

The re-election campaign of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State turned bloody during his visit to Remo North Local Council of the state, when the supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the PDP clashed leaving some people injujred.

 

 

VANGUARD:

8,046 Displaced In South-West In Two Months – NEMA

NEMA has disclosed that it has recorded 8,046 disaster victims chiefly from fire and windstorm in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states in the first two months of 2015.

 

 

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