The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 9th March, 2015

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THE SUN:

Presidential Poll: Northerners Endorse Jonathan In Asaba

Penultimate Saturday, February 28, Asaba, capital of Delta State was a beehive of activities. Northern Nigeria literally relocated to the oil-rich city. The event was a solidarity and endorsement rally of President Goodluck Jonathan organized by the Arewa Initiative for peaceful co-existence in Southern Nigeria.

 

 

THE SUN:

Card-readers Will Ensire Credible Poll – Andy Uba

Chairman of Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Andy Uba has said that the use of card-readers in the forthcoming election will ensure a free, fair and credible exercise.

 

 

THE SUN:

Oduah Steps Up Campaign In Anambra North

As the clock ticks toward the general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Anambra North, Princess Stella Oduah has intensified efforts to earn the mandate of the electorates in the Anambra North Senatorial District.

 

 

THE SUN:

Jonathan Will Win South-West – Governor Mimiko

As campaigns for the forthcoming elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11, draw closer, Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has tipped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for victory, insisting that he would beat his strongest opponent, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), of the APC.

 

 

THE SUN:

Balarabe Musa Blasts Buhari

National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has lashed out at All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, describing him as a person with ‘tendency towards fascist intolerance and an arrogant self-righteousness.’

 

 

THE SUN:

Breaking News! INEC Extends Collection Of PVC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has extended the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) by two weeks. The INEC said the exercise which was to end on March 8, will now continue until March 22, 2015.

 

 

THE SUN:

Don’t Politicize Anti-terror War, Afe Babalola Warns

A legal icon and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado -Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has warned politicians against playing politics with the Boko Haram insurgency, saying that the frequency of attacks should not be underestimated.

 

 

THE SUN:

Security Chiefs Move To Stop Explosions In Kano Motor Parks

On Tuesday, last week, 12 per­sons, again lost their lives to a suicide bomb explosion in a busy motor park in Kano State.

The park, which is known as Kano Line Motor Park, is a traffic hub for pas­sengers travelling to and from different parts of the country, including those com­ing from the North East, where the spate of insurgency is most profound.

The victims, many of who were burnt and mangled beyond recognition by the blast, included the two persons suspected to have detonated the bomb in the middle of the park.

Against this background, heads of dif­ferent security organisations in the state decided to hold an interactive session with the leadership of the various motor parks and bus terminals in the state. The focus was to educate them on terror and create a partnership that would prevent insurgency in any of the motor parks in the state.

Those in attendance at the crucial meeting, which took place at the Bompai Police Officers’ Mess, included Kano State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ibra­him K Idris, the Brigade Commander, Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Ohi Ejemai, Commandant, Nigeria Air Force, Air Commodore Ahigbe Iyamu, as well as the Director of the State Security Service. There were also many officials of the state in attendance.

 

 

THE SUN:

Card Reader Is Fraud – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has described the card reader machines, which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) intends to use for the March 28 and April 14 elections as a fraud capable of scuttling the elections.

 

 

THE SUN:

Ogun Workers Begin 3-Day Warning Strike Over N2.8bn Deductions

The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council has directed public servants in Ogun State to embark on a three-day strike from today over the alleged failure of the government to remit about N2.8billion deducted from their salaries to the appropriate agencies.

 

 

THE SUN:

Election, Naira Devaluation Take Toll On OPS

The heightened uncertainty surrounding the 2015 general elections, depressed crude oil price in the international market and the volatile exchange rate leading to significant depreciation of the local currency are already taking their toll on the Organised Private Sector (OPS).

 

 

THE SUN:

Nigerians’ Resolve To Sack PDP Irreversible, APC Tells Jonathan

All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the renewed effort to tackle Boko Haram and other ills in the country as too little and too late, saying President Goodluck Jonathan can no longer convince the electorate to vote for him in the March 28 presidential poll.

 

 

THE SUN:

2015: No Gang Up Against Jega – Ondo REC

State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Olusegun Agbaje has dismissed as unfounded, media report that resident electoral commissioners were smarting for a showdown with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Chad, Niger Launch Air, Ground Strikes Against Boko Haram As Troops Recapture Buni Yadi

Niger and Chad, yesterday, launched major ground and air strikes in the North-East against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

 

 

VANGUARD:

FAAN Spearheads Air Cargo Sector Development

The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma has said that the Authority will support any effort aimed at maximising the potentials in the country’s air cargo sector. Engr. Dunoma made this remark last week during the Nigerian Air Cargo Summit in Lagos. He said that the quest to maximise these potentials has led to the remodeling of designated perishable cargo airports across the country.

 

 

THE VANGUARD:

Uber To Decongest Lagos, Boost Employment

General Manager, Uber Nigeria, Ebi Atawodi has said that the taxi service, Uber will create more jobs and decongest Lagos when the service has achieved maximum uptake within the city. She stated this during a press briefing in Lagos last week. According to her, the Uber service is pushing for fewer cars on the road globally using the technology while increasing utilisation and efficiency.

 

 

THE VANGUARD:

Investors’ Confidence In Economy Nosedives

The recent devaluation of the Naira and mounting uncertainty surrounding the elections is already taking its toll on the economy as investors’ confidence in the economy’s performance has ebbed.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Nigeria Is A Foreign Exchange Quagmire

The recent devaluation of the Naira has again brought the vulnerability of the average Nigerian to the fore. Almost every housewife today tells the husband that the exchange rate of the Naira to the dollar has gone up. This is because in the market place, traders adjust prices along the day’s exchange rate swing. Many are wondering why this should be so. In finance, an exchange rate between two currencies is the rate at which one currency will be exchanged for another.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Nigeria’s Trade To Hit N27.6trn By December – NBS

The country’s total produced trade is expected to hit N27.6trillion by December this year from N25.17trillion recorded in December 2014 by the end of this year, according to National Bureau of Statistics. NBS in its economic review and outlook for the next three years showed an increase of N2.43trn which represents 9.66 per cent rise.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Rivers PDP Alleges Plot To Set Up Jonathan – Wike

PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State has called on the Inspector General of Police to disband a wing of the Police in the state called C4I, saying it had allegedly uncovered a plot by All Progressives Congress, APC, to connive with the security body to implicate some chieftains of the party in phoney criminal activities.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Nobody Will Dictate To Me As Governor – Ikpeazu

Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate for the April 11 election in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that his government would not be dictated to by any person, insisting that it would bear his signature.

 

 

VANGUARD:

FG Reviews Policy On Tax Holiday

The Federal Government has revised its policy on tax holiday for investors in the economy granted under the Pioneer Status Incentive (PSI) Scheme. The tax relief would now be for three years instead of five years. The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council, NIPC, the federal agency in-charge of the policy, has already started writing to the companies who are hitherto enjoying the holiday to intimate them of the policy revision while urging them to comply.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Maiduguri Attacks: Death Toll Rises To 100

On Saturday multiple explosions, the Police Commissioner, Clement Adado told journalists that only 54 people were killed, but sources and hospital mortuary attendance, yesterday, revealed that more than hundred people were confirmed dead, as over 50 people, including the female suicide bomber, were killed in the fish market which was the first target of the attacks.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Bloody Weekend In P-Harcourt As Gunmen Kill 11

It was a bloody weekend in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital as 11 persons were shot dead at different locations by unknown gunmen. Six of the victims were killed on Worlu Street in D Line close to Oroworoku community when the assailants stormed a spot near a mechanic workshop at about 7.15 pm demanding to see the owner of a vehicle parked outside.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Mega Rally: Lagos PDP, Agbaje Scoff At APC

The Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, have described Saturday’s mega rally organised by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a no issue and a signal that Nigerians have rejected the APC. On his part, Mr Jimi Agbaje, in a statement by his media director, Felix Obaogwina said the rally was a sham and a flop.

 

 

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Henry Igwe

Henry Igwe

Copywriter. Sanguine. God understands me.

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