BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, Lagos The 100th episode of Africa's biggest telenovela, Battleground aired last  Friday on Africa Magic Showcase, and excited fans and celebrities attended a special screening of the episode at the Battleground Mansion in Lagos. Stars like Olu Jacobs, Iretiola Doyle, Yeni Kuti, Ebuka Obi-Uchedu, Nancy Isime and the amazing cast of the show were just a few of the known faces in attendance, as popular television personality and Battleground actor, Ozzy Agu co-hosted the on-ground event with the Head of PR and Talent for Africa Magic, Efosa Aiyevbomwan. Proudly sponsored by Glo, Battleground features an ensemble cast which includes veteran and talented rising stars. GbengaTitiloye plays the respected yet maligned patriarch, Kolade Bhadmus, while Shaffy Bello plays his wife, the classy, glamorous and scheming Adaora. Yinka Davies plays the role of Cissy, Kolade's second wife, while the legendary Joke Silva is Mama Egba, his respected older sister. The red carpet...
By Our Correspondnets President Muhammadu Buhari this morning reasserted his stance on the restructuring debate that the National Assembly is the proper and legal forum to address ongoing call to restructure the country. He faulted the national conference organised by former President Goodluck Jonathan and others, saying national debates should be handled by the federal legislature and not some lopsided, undemocratic body with pre-determined set of objectives. The president restated this in a live broadcast to the nation to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day celebration, which was on national television and radio stations at 7:00am today He regretted that some highly irresponsible groups were hiding behind the restructuring debate to call for dismemberment of the country. Buhari noted, however, that the country has recorded appreciable gains in political freedom in the past two years. “In the past two years, Nigeria has recorded appreciable gains in political freedom. A political Party at the Centre losing elections...
By Juliana Agbo Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma aka Ebube-Muonso yesterday spoke briefly with newsmen in Lagos on the outcome of Anambra state Governorship election which the incumbent Governor, Chief Willie Obiano was re-elected for a second term. He gave reasons why Obiano was re-elected and how Obiano’s victory was upheld amidst fears he would be rigged out. You raised an alarm before the election after God revealed to you in a prophecy that Governor Obiano will win but will be rigged out and he eventually won, why didn’t they rig him out? Let me start by saying that I am very happy at the outcome of the election and Anambrarians are also very happy. I predicted it and when the message came, I saw Obiano emerging a winner of the contest but I also saw the evil one trying to rig him out and because he stepped on the Adoration ground, we prayed...

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PDP Chair: Adedoja Visits Obasanjo

By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja Former minister of sports and aspirant for the national chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Taoheed Adedoja, has paid homage to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing him as a quintessential statesman and Pan African leader. Adedoja stated this while on a private visit to the Abeokuta residence of Obasanjo as part of his ongoing consultations across the country. In a statement, the former minister said though Obasanjo may have bowed out of active politics, his selfless sacrifice towards the unity of the country cannot be forgotten in a hurry. He said, “I am here today to see the former President, a man who has exhibited quintessential statesmanship in the affairs of this great country. The details of our meeting are not for public consumption but I can tell you that Baba’s love for Nigeria is undeniable. “Whether he has retired from partisan politics or not is immaterial. His...
Prince Tonye Princewill was the Rivers State governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2015 general election. Recently, he defected to another opposition party in the state-the All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke with select journalists on his switch of parties and other issues. ANAYO ONUKWUGHA was there. Recently, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Felix Obuah described you as a ‘political vendor’ following you appearance on two private radio stations in one day. What is your reaction to that? I have been called worse names than the name ‘political vendor’ before now. I have been called ‘political prostitute’. May be because during the last flooding in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area, I commiserated with the people who were affected by the flood. The PDP chairman, Chief Felix Obuah will never forget that gesture because the people of ONELGA felt like they were...
The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu opened a can of worms last week, when he accused his friend and predecessor,   Dr Olusegun Mimiko, of bequeathing a massive debt profile for the state. Expectedly, the immediate past governor is not taking the accusation lightly. TOPE FAYEHUN writes.    Six months after he assumed office  as the 6th executive governor of Ondo state,  Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu  ,SAN last week steered the political hornet's nest in the state. He accused his predecessor , Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, of leaving  behind a whopping sum of N220 billion debt for the state. Prior to this shocking revelation, the people of the state had been expecting the governor to give state of the state address, particularly the financial status of the  state. But , Akeredolu decided to overlook that and move on with the activities of government ,thereby making people wonder why it will take him long before he...
The issue of non-payment of workers’ salaries has come to a head in Benue State as long-drawn exchange of brickbats between the government and labour leaders in the state and at national level has followed the seven-day warning strike, embarked by workers in the state. HEMBADOON ORSAR writes Following the lingering crises between the Benue State government and organised labour in the state over default in payment of salaries to the state’s civil servants, the national secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress waded in with a view to finding a common ground on the problem. There has a cold war between labour in the state and the state government which started when the government directed all civil servants to submit their statement of account for a reason which was not explained. It was a directive that came after the workers just resumed from a seven-day warning strike in protest of the...
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reacted to the 2018 budget estimate presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja Tuesday, noting that its implementation would boost the capital market. The apex capital market regulator said it was determined to ensure that the budget played its role in enhancing the performance of the market in order to achieve the overall objective of the budget. Speaking at the Commission’s 2018  budget seminar held in Lagos on Friday, the director-general of SEC, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo  said that the implementation of the budget would determine its impact on the economy, adding that the capital market was ready to leverage on such impact. Gwarzo noted that the budget has effect on the fortunes of the equities market because of the effects of the exchange rate and other variables which, in turn, impact the larger economy. “The Commission’s budget seminar series,...

FEC Approves 2018 Budget Today

By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, AHURAKA ISAH, SOLOMON AYADO, ABUJA and BUKOLA IDOWU AND KAYODE TOKEDE, Lagos There are indications that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will today approve the 2018 budget. The weekly Council meeting, which was shifted from yesterday to today, åhas budget submission as the only item its agenda. The presidency had set October as the deadline for submission of the budget to the National Assembly in a bid to return the budget cycle from January to December. LEADERSHIP gathered that barring any last minute change, President Muhammadu Buhari would present the budget to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday next week. It was also learnt that the president will today evening host the leadership of the National Assembly to a dinner to smoothen the relationship between the executive and legislature ahead of the submission of the budget to the National Assembly. As part of effort to beat the October deadline,...