Atiku is well prepared to lead Nigeria—-EU Chairman

Hon. Charles Anike is the National President of Eastern Union (EU), a socio-political pressure group for the interests of the people of the Old Eastern Nigeria, in this interview with Daily Mandate Team, he speaks on Atiku-Obi presidential ticket and All Progressive Congress’s primaries including former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s influence in removing the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 and other issues. Excerpt:   What is your first reaction after hearing the name of the ex-Anambra State Governor as Alhaji Abubakar’s running mate in the 2019 presidential general election? The…

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Minimum Wage: Govt plays hide and seek

The last has not been heard about the minimum wage brouhaha. A new policy by the Federal Government appeared to have force closed expectations by workers that something fantastic would come out of the tripartite committee meeting recommendation on the minimum wage to the Federal Government. Henceforth, striking workers would not be paid for the period of the strike. This was the resolution of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which met last Wednesday. According to Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, the approval of the “no work,…

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Sex slavery ring departure motel discovers in Imo State

With their charm, beauty and age, one could easily pass them as alter girls in one of the new generation churches, but Amara and Chimma (real names withheld), respectively are in junior secondary three students of Total Child Missionary School in Umuola Amaifeke Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State. The 14 and 15 year-old girls are endowed with beauty. But, they faced very bleak future as they were held captive in a brothel in far away West African country, Ivory Cost, where they had to sleep with…

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Group urges Criminal Justice stakeholders to key into ACJA 2015 for the benefit of Nigerians

Civil Society Observatory Group has urged Criminal Justice stakeholders to key into complying with ACJA 2015, for the benefit of Nigerian citizens to enjoy the benefits of the revolutionary going on in criminal justice system. The group said that actors of involved in re-designing the criminal justice system must be ready to fully comply with their roles and responsibilities as stipulated in the Act. According to the Secretary of the group, in Lagos State, CLEEN Foundation’s Mrs. Blessing Abiri,  this was the position of the Civil Society Observatory on the…

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Coca-Cola engenders family sharing moments in new campaign

Brands remain relevant by understanding the attitude and requirements of their customers. This is often followed with products that fill that gap or need. With the ever-busy schedule of most parents today robbing quality moments amongst family members, the time seems ripe for products that will encourage bonding at homes, by encouraging sharing, which is a basic value of family members. Popular soft drink brand, Coca Cola has made a statement in this regard with the introduction of the one-litre pack, fondly called ‘Mama’. Offering a comparative pricing advantage, the…

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Bartender of the Year: Kevin Oduntan shakes up Nigerian Special at World Class, Berlin

 Kelvin Oduntan, World Class Nigeria Winner represented Nigeria at the just concluded World Class Global Competition in Berlin, Germany. The contest attracted 56 of the finest bartenders from across the world vying for the title of Bartender of the Year. Known for his traditional style which he expresses through his fashion and mixology, Kelvin stayed true to his roots by delivering a truly Nigerian spin to the classic cocktail, Dutch Mule. Instead of the usual ginger beer, his recipe combined ginger-infused palm wine and lime juice with the meticulous sophistication…

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We don’t have $3.5billion subsidy fund, says NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclaimed the insinuation that it has in its custody $3.5billion Subsidy fund.   NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in a release today in Abuja, explained that at the hit of the shortage of products supply at the close of last year, the National Assembly asked the NNPC to do everything possible to stem the hiccups. Ughamadu revealed that accordingly, NNPC initiated the move to raise a revolving fund of $1.05billion, since the corporation was, and still is,…

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Obj, Atiku handshake: Shehu Garba under fire

  Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president of Nigeria, obviously, is on the cross. The image maker of the President is getting bashed by Nigerians mostly from the camp of the former President, chief Olusegun Obasanjo and his Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar. Garba’s crime is because he carried out his duty by reacting to the event at Otta Farm, where both Atiku and Obj, settled their over decade enmity. Garba had twitted on the issue through in a statement…

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OBJ’s handshake with Atiku divides Nigerians

The recent political update in Nigeria is generating serious reactions as Nigerians of all shades and sizes are expressing their feelings on what took place at Otta Farm. On Thursday, October 11, in company of high delegates comprising politicians and clergy men invaded Otta Farm, residence of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo to mend fences with the former Vice President to Obsanjo, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar over their decades of enmity. Now known in some quarters as Otta Farm Peace Accord, where the warring master and servant signed an accord ahead…

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Ohakim dumps APGA… moves to Accord Party

Former governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedia Ohakim, barring last minute desperation to contest 2019 governorship election in Imo State, has dumped All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, after failing to pick ticket of the party. It was gathered that Ohakim was defeated by Ifeanyi Ararume, as APGA candidate, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, quickly switched to Accord Party where he was given the ticket. Senator Ifeanyi Araraume who was barely a month in the party is from Okigwe zone of the state, the same place with Ohakim. Although Ohakim can only be…

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2019: Imo APC may not have gubernatorial candidate

  If feelers from Imo State is anything to go by, then the state All Progressive Congress, APC, may not file a candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election, Dailymandate authoritatively gathered. According to investigation, except an agreement is reached quickly, the ongoing court case filed by the aggrieved candidates who lost in the sloppy primaries that brought the candidature of the out-going governor’s son-inlaw, Uche Nwosu, may throw spanner in the wheel. A source told our reporter that the judiciary may play a role in who will be finally entitled…

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Ikeja Electric bridging metering gap, reducing estimated billing with meter roll-out

In its bid to deliver the yearnings of customers, Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric (IE) Plc, has intensified the roll-out of prepaid meters to further close the metering gap within its network. While abiding by the regulator’s guideline which states that all customers have a right to a properly installed and functional meter, and un-metered customer should be issued with electricity bills strictly based on NERC’s estimated billing methodology, the DisCo emphasized that it is also poised to reduce estimated billing with the deployment of prepaid meters. The…

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BREAKING News: FG charges Ekweremadu, Akpan over non- declaring assets

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu’s attempt to be Vice President to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the run-up to 2019 presidential election under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may have hit the Ogbunike cave in Ogidi, Anambra State, following fresh charges brought against him by the Federal Government. the Deputy Senate President and Senator Bassey Akpan, who represents Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom State, have been charged with offences bordering on their alleged refusal and negligence to declare their assets to the Special Presidential Investigation…

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Agbani Darego announces birth of her babyboy

One month after giving birth to her baby-boy child, the 2001 Miss world winner Agbani Darego, has just announced the birth of her son, on social media. The Nigerian model and beauty queen wrote on her page and posted a picture of her cradling her tummy while she was pregnant. She wrote: #Joylikeariver ❣ #babydanjuma It’s only been a month with my baby boy, and it has been nothing short of amazing… my heart has never been so full! Mommy, Daddy and Baby Danjuma are doing great, and are thankful…

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USAID increases support for good governance, health in Nigeria

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional development assistance to support achieving the development goals outlined in the bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015. Of the new funding, $25 million will strengthen good governance by supporting state governments’ efforts to bolster Nigeria’s Open Government Partnership commitments to improve transparency and fight corruption.  An additional $1.5 million will support a healthier, more educated population in targeted states through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), for a total…

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Power Supply: Consumers demand debt rebate months after prepaid meter deployment

Following the deployment of thousands of prepaid meters by Ikeja Electric (IE) to its customers in Shomolu area of Lagos to further close the metering gap, some customers have appealed to the electricity distribution company to offer debt forgiveness on their accumulated outstanding. Hitherto, the customers had lamented the burden of excessive and outrageous billing by the company, hence sought for pre-paid meters. This made IE to deploy over 1,500 prepaid meters to the community recently. However, some communities in Shomolu are yet to migrate from the analogue meters or…

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South East divides over VP slot

There are palpable wars of attrition in South East zone of the country over the slot of Vice President seat allotted to the zone. The fight to the finish is between the five states of the zone, who are claiming the right to produce the VP to Atiku Abubakar. Peoples Democratic Party, PDP immediately after their successful convention in Port-harcourt where they elected their flagbearer, allotted the ticket to the zone to compensate them for their support for the party. Even as the zone is trying to figure out itself…

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2019: Obasanjo adamant on not supporting Atiku

All entreaties from Pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, to plead with the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to support his former Vice-President, seems to have hit the rock as a source has claimed that the  Former president, Obasanjo, has rejected persuasions from his kinsmen to back the candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party’s flag-bearer, Atiku Abubakar. Recall that on Tuesday, the Pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere led by Ayo Adebanjo, including Senator Femi Okurounmu, Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu, among others met with the former president on it was gathered that they arrived at the…

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BREAKING: IGP removes Plateau CP

BREAKING: IGP removes Plateau CP The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, has been removed with immediate effect by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who ordered the removal. A statement by the spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, announced the removal but failed to give reasons for the removal of the CP. But sources claimed that the removal was sequel to the recent surge in insecurity in the state, which has claimed over 70 lives in less than a month.…

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Man arraigns for defrauding Army General N180m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on October 8, 2018 arraigned one Mohammed Sanni Zubair, before Justice Ijeoma L. Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on a 4-count charge of fraud. Zubair, a suspected serial fraudster, was alleged to be a member of a syndicate, who specialized in defrauding people. The long arm of the law caught Zubair when the children of one Major General Geoffrey Ejiga (retd) petitioned the EFCC alleging that a syndicate of fraudsters took advantage of their father’s old age to…

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