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2019 Election: PDP, Atiku’s Men Confident Of Victory

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2019 Election: PDP, Atiku's Men Confident Of Victory

As campaign for the 2019 general elections draws nearer, the Atiku Campaign Organisation has described former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the best among the candidates lined up for the presidential election.

Alhaji Munir Garba Waziri, Kaduna State Coordinator, Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that the former Vice president stood out from other contestants going by his resourcefulness.

Waziri said Atiku’s investment in youth development and his pledge to give 40 per cent of appointments in his cabinet to the youth if elected, were worthy of note.

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“Atiku knows the key role Nigerian youths play in the development of the country especially in the area of economic growth.

“This is why he established the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in 2004.

“Just like Nigerian youths, graduates of AUN are trained to participate in community service and this is what makes the youth of this country so enterprising,” Waziri said.

He noted that the emergence of Atiku would not benefit only the youth but also women who he said would have 35 per cent participation in the government.

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Waziri commended the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation for a successful convention.

He said that no stone would be left unturned in ensuring that PDP wrestled power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential election.

“I commend delegates who represented Kaduna State to the National Convention that took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for not letting us down.

“Also I hope that the victory achieved at the convention will further strengthen our great party the PDP and ensure our success in the forthcoming general elections at all levels.

“We have started mobilising at the grassroots and I know that victory is sure because we have formidable candidates to wrestle power from APC both at state and federal levels,” he said.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the electoral umpire in the country registered 91 political parties which are expected to field candidates for the various elective positions.

However, the ruling APC, which has President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate, and the main opposition PDP with Atiku as the flagbearer, are the front-runners in the 2019 presidential polls.

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended enrolment of Nigerians under the diaspora registration programme to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

Commission spokesperson, Loveday Ogbonna, said the commission has decided to extend the enrolment to these two countries after the huge success in South Africa.

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Ogbonna says the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure all Nigerian citizens at home and abroad, as well as legal residents in Nigeria, were enrolled into the national identity database and issued the unique national identification number.

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Ogbonna said DEFCON systems limited, DSL, and the National Authentication Limited (NEAL) are the two Nigerian companies licensed by NIMC to handle the enrolment services across the globe to ensure best-in-class services and inclusivity.

He said the enrolment will involve demographic & biometric data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.

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The UAE programme is scheduled to take off today, while the UK programme kicks off on Friday.

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has ruled in favor of the defence counsel who asked for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by three accused persons alleged to have participated in last year’s robbery incident in Offa.

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Thirty-three persons, including nine policemen, were killed during the robbery, while five accused persons are standing trial.

But the court refused a post-mortem examination on the corpse of the principal suspect in the robbery incident, Michael Adikwu, whom the accused persons claimed, was deliberately killed by a police inspector while in custody at the force headquarters in Abuja.

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Earlier, the 5th accused person (Niyi Ogundiran), had narrated to the court how the police extracted confessional statements from him under duress.

The case has been adjourned till early April.

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project – Aviation Minister

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project - Aviation Minister

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has revealed that there are plans to deliver the national carrier project during president Buhari’s administration.

Sirika says the federal government will revisit the project which he describes as the brain-child of the president.  He said the president would not let it die.

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The minister said this while defending the ministry’s budget before the senate committee on aviation in Abuja.

He said the ministry only suspended the project to put adequate measures in place.  He also expressed concern that Nigeria is not able to boast of a national carrier, despite being a huge aviation market.

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The minister says the national carrier project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The private sector will lead and deliver, while the government will play its role.

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He said the process would be transparent and would be done through local and international fora and media.

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