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Top Newspaper Headlines For Monday, July 20, 2020

1. Oshiomhole Apologises for Backing Obaseki, Vows to Return Edo to APC

A former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has apologised to the people of Edo State for supporting Governor GodwinObaseki to emerge as the state governor in 2016.

He, however, said his mission for now would be to ensure the governor’s defeat in the governorship election scheduled for September 19.

But in a swift response, Obaseki said he had no regrets for not being a stooge of Oshiomhole.

Oshiomhole, addressing a crowd that gathered to welcome him at his Iyamho country home, said: “I have made a mistake by supporting a man who has no vision for my people. So, I want to correct my mistakes by making sure a servant of God, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is elected as governor and kick the snake out of the government house.

2. Politicians Sponsoring Banditry, Insurgency Over 2023 Ambitions, Says Masari

The Katsina State Governor, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, has attributed the prevailing cases of banditry and Boko Haram insurgency bedeviling the North to the activities of some politicians who want to contest the 2023 general election.

This is coming as bandits in Zamfara State have surrendered 50 guns within the past one week, in acceptance of the state government’s offer of two cows for every gun returned.

The governor said such politicians believed that by sponsoring violence and other acts of criminality, they would be blackmailing the Buhari administration to contest in the forthcoming general election.

Masari, who spoke yesterday during an interactive meeting with ward and local government chairmen of the state All Progressives Congress (APC), said most of the bandits and Boko Haram attacks in the country were sponsored by politicians.

3. JAMB admission to begin August 21

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has given tertiary institutions the nod to begin first and second choice admissions for 2020/2021 from August 21.

The board said the deadline for admissions would be communicated to heads of tertiary institutions at a later date to be determined by the Federal Government.

JAMB insisted that the admission processes must be conducted on Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), warning institutions not to bypass the system.

The board said these in its 2020 admission guidelines signed by its Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, and released on Sunday by its Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin.

4. NAF reveals driver of car that hit late Arotile

The Nigerian Air Force yesterday gave the name of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile’s former classmate who drove the vehicle that knocked her down as Mr Nehemiah Adojeh.

NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, revealed this in Abuja during a press conference on the findings of a preliminary investigation into the death of the Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.

He said NAF, being a highly professional and disciplined organization, would not join issues with any individuals or groups regarding the spurious allegations of ‘foul play’ espoused in some quarters

According to him, the preliminary investigation concluded that Arotile’s death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and significant bleeding resulting from being struck by a vehicle.

5. 1m register for Tinubu 2023 project

A political pressure group calling on the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to contest the 2023 presidential election has hit one million followers, Daily Trust can report.

This is as support continues to swell for the APC Leader to emerge as the successor of President Muhammadu Buhari.

One of the strong support groups of Asiwaju is the Tinubu 2023, Not Negotiable (TNN) which celebrated its one-year anniversary recently admitting more members into its fold and inaugurating executives in the Diaspora.

According to the founder of the group, Hon. Kunle Okunola, so far executives of TNN have been inaugurated in 13 countries including France, United Kingdom and some African countries all working to make the 2023 project of Asiwaju a reality.

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