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Today's Headlines: APC Governors And Lawmakers Take Battle To Buhari; Osinbajo, Best Vice President Nigeria Ever Had

DIRECT PRIMARY: Uncertainty as APC govs, lawmakers' battle shift to Aso Rock

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Following the rejection of direct primary mode of electing candidates for elections by state governors, the battle has shifted to Aso Rock where parties are pushing to get President Muhammadu Buhari do their bidding. Will President Buhari succumb to the lobbying by governors or stand by the parliament? This piece evaluates the issues.

It was a flurry mass at the time. They came simultaneously, all weighty, sensitive and controversial. They needed equal attention and thorough dissecting. But, perhaps, that was not materially possible and so, one escaped scrutiny and now, blazing saddles. 

The issues were the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, Electoral Amendment Bill, Electronic transmission of election results and the direct primaries mode of election of candidates of political parties in general elections. 

Osinbajo, best vice president Nigeria ever had-Obong

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A prominent traditional ruler in Akwa Ibom, Obong E.C.D Abia, has paid tributes to Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, describing him as the best vice president Nigeria ever had.

The Atta Ekid Afid and paramount ruler of Eket Local Government Area said Nigerians have faith in Osinbajo because of his sterling leadership qualities.

He spoke at his 85th birthday celebration where the vice president was represented by an aide, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu.

The traditional ruler said: “The representative of the Vice President, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, I’m happy that you are here.

Obasanjo to lead soccer squad against Nigeria's ex-internationals

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo will lead a soccer squad against Nigeria’s ex-internationals on Sunday at the Moshood Abiola International Stadium in Abeokuta.

The free novelty match which is part of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation‘s celebration of World Diabetes Day will kick off 3 p.m., with Mr Obasanjo, 84, as captain of his team.

He will face former Green Eagles Captain, Segun Odegbami, who will lead a team including Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, and Mutiu Adepoju among others.

Mr Obasanjo’s team, known as OBJ All Stars, is said to have embarked on training ahead of the event and is determined to defeat the ex-internationals at all cost.

Coup against Buhari regime: Army disowns statement

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The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, has debunked a report attributed to him about “Defence Headquarters warning soldiers against overthrowing Buhari’s regime”.

Nwachukwu, in a statement on Saturday, said the publication, which was riddled with outrageous lies and fabrications, claimed that the “Defence Headquarters has denounced a call for the military to take over power”.

He said the online outlet went further to attribute what he described as falsehood to the “Army Spokesman”.

According to him, the only reason why this grossly unprofessional and blatantly irresponsible report is receiving any attention is the attribution of the false statement to the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu.

Smugglers responsible for high price of Rice-Minister

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The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed has linked the soaring price of rice in Nigeria to the activities of smugglers in the country. 

Speaking in an interview, the minister explained that smuggling activities adversely affect the economy and well-being of Nigerians, a situation she described as unfortunate particularly when some bad Nigerians have continued to smuggle in goods and products which the government has banned the importation. 

According to the Minister ,there are some unpatriotic Nigerians who import substandard rice into the country, some of which were not edible, adding that it was in the course of getting more profit that such Nigerians smuggled such kind of rice and spread it in the markets.

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