Here is the major news summary from Nigerian newspapers online today being 11th of February 2019 of breaking news, trending news in Nigeria, and breaking top news in Naija today for the Nigeria News today headlines.
Nigeria News Today 2019 Feb 11th 2018
APC vs PDP: Why we dumped Buhari for Atiku – Northern stakeholders
The Northern Stakeholders Forum, NSF, has said that they dumped President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and opted for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, because the former had disappointed Nigerians.
The Director, Action and Mobilisation of the group, Aminu Adam gave the reason at a zonal town hall meeting at Mambayya House in Kano.
Adam said the NSF supported Buhari in 2015 when there was so much yearning and agitation for credible leader who would move northern Nigeria forward.
According to him, they were among the youths, who orchestrated a protest in United States of America, when they suspected rigging by PDP in 2015 elections.
NSF claimed that when Buhari came to power, they realised that he had failed to fulfill his campaign promises, especially in the area of fighting corruption, economy and security.
He said, “In 2015, we fully supported Buhari because we believed he was the only person to move northern Nigeria forward. This is because we see that north is lagging behind in terms of development.
“Ironically, when Buhari came to power, we realised that he even prefers south to the north that gave him unprecedented votes.
“Buhari has failed to fulfil his campaign promises, especially in the areas of economy, corruption and security.
“Look at how killings are becoming the order of the day. People of Zamfara have turned to refugees as a result of incessant killings. Likewise Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba, Benue states and other places.
Details of Oshiomhole’s meeting with APC state chairmen, guber candidates emerge
A joint meeting convened by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the party’s State Chairmen, Secretaries and governorship candidates was held on Sunday at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, in a statement, said the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole who presided over the special meeting stated that the meeting was necessary to review and deliberate on the Party’s preparation and general issues ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
Oshiomhole stated that the party’s national leadership identified the state executives represented at the meeting by their respective chairmen and secretaries as an important grassroots base that will work and ensure the Party’s victory in the presidential, governorship, National and State Houses of Assembly elections.
2019 Election: Several persons slump at Atiku’s rally in Kano
No fewer than twelve persons were reported to have slumped at the presidential rally by Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar in Kano State, North-West Nigeria, on Sunday
Atiku was said to have pulled a massive crowd at venue of the rally, the Sani Abacha Stadium,
According to Channels Tv, more than 12 persons had to be taken out of the stadium by security officials after they slumped in the crowd.
The PDP presidential candidate and members of his campaign council had on arrival in Kano visited the Palace of the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, who received them and prayed for peaceful elections in the country.
Sanusi II advised Nigerians to refrain from negative acts and vote peacefully during the forthcoming general elections.
Top PDP officials and members at the rally included the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Bukola Saraki; PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; and former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Nigerian Army reacts to Timi Frank’s claim of Buratai’s midnight meeting with Buhari
The Nigerian Army on Sunday warned those it described as mischief makers to steer clear of dragging it or its leadership into matters that are purely political.
It insisted in a statement issued by its Acting Director, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, that it is an apolitical institution and would continue to remain so while carrying out its constitutional responsibilities.
Yusuf was reacting to an allegation by Timi Frank, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Frank had alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari and some INEC members held a nocturnal meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, with intent to rig the Saturday Presidential election.
He, however, said the army had reported the said Timi Frank to the Nigeria Police “for immediate arrest and prosecution for fake news and related offences against the leadership of the army.”
Yusuf described Frank as a “disgruntled person, who has severally tried to malign the person of Buratai.”
“The deluded Timi Frank, who claimed he had incontrovertible evidence provided by sources in the know about the alleged nocturnal meeting, however, could not substantiate his accusations with any reasonable facts besides his concocted hogwash.
Opposition parties planing to attack our leaders, members – Oyo APC raises alarm
The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday raised an alarm that some members of the opposition political parties in the state have concluded plans to attack some of its leaders and members in the next few days to the election.
APC made this disclosure via a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdulazeez Olatunde.
Olatunde in the statement, made available to DAILY POST said that the warning became necessary in view of the intelligence report at the party’s disposal that the opposition parties have concluded plans to unleash mayhem on the APC from Monday (today).
EPL: Sarri reveals what would happen if Abramovich calls him after 6-0 loss to Man City
Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has said he would be happy, if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich calls him, following their 6-0 thrashing in the hands of Manchester City on Sunday.
City scored four times in the opening 25 minutes at the Etihad Stadium and twice in the second half, to inflict the Blues’ worst defeat since 1991.
The result saw Chelsea drop to sixth in the Premier League and raised fresh questions about Sarri’s job security.
But the former Napoli boss was bullish about the prospect of an Abramovich phone call, in a post-match interview with Sky Italia.
“If the president calls I’d even be happy, seeing as I never hear from him.
“But I don’t know what to expect; people keep asking me what I think about the situation, but I think that’s a question which needs to be put to the club,” Sarri said.
How Uber driver was murdered, dumped in Lagos – Police
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command have arrested two suspected robbers who allegedly killed an Uber driver and stole his car.
The Lagos Police spokesman, CSP Chike Oti, said that the suspects were arrested in Aboki Estate, Lekki, Lagos.
According to a statement by Oti, the suspects were arrested while removing the parts of the stolen Hyundai Elantra car with Reg. No. EPE 676 EC for sale to a scrap metal dealer.
He said the arrest was carried out following a directive from the new Lagos police boss, CP Zubairu Mu’azu, that the RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu, should fish out the culprits.
Oti said investigations by the police revealed that an ex–convict and bus conductor, in company of three others now at large, had conspired to hijack an Uber car and sell it off.
”On the said day, the quartet at around 11 p.m. waved down the deceased, Sunday Obasi, in Lekki. They told him they were going to Ikate and he charged them N1,000.
How 9mobile nearly collapsed – NCC
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) saved 9mobile from collapse.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, said this during a courtesy visit by the new management and board of 9mobile to the NCC.
He said via a statement issued on Sunday that the interventions had helped in saving several billions of dollars of investors’ money in Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), trading as 9mobile.
The NCC boss said that the interventions had preserved over 3,000 direct jobs and put the telecommunications company on the path of recovery.
According to him, the interventions averted possible collapse of 9mobile, as a result of a debt burden to a consortium of 13 banks, and saved over 16 million subscribers on the network from being cut off.
”The interventions becomes necessary in order to address the decreasing subscriber base of 9mobile, save the country from image problems, instill investors’ confidence in the telecommunications market and prevent loss of jobs among Nigerians.