JANUARY 1 – JANUARY 15, 2003


January 1, 2003.

-2002: World stock markets’ worst year

-2002 was a difficult year –President

-2003: Address Land Act exchange rate –Experts urge govt

-3,000 delegates decide Obasanjo, Ekwueme’s fate

  • Four others also in the race
  • Ikimi heads PDP’s Electoral Panel

-Ige: Omisore appears in court on Jan. 14

-2003 polls: We won’t bend the rule –INEC

-Fear of war top expectations in 2003


January 2, 2003.

-Moves to stop blood diamonds launched

-Gulf stock markets soar amid high oil price

-Obasanjo, Ekwueme, others face 10 hurdles

  • Ike Nwachukwu may dump PDP

-Reps criticise moves to restructure Mint

-New electoral panel for Anambra guber primary holds today

-Parents of baby of the year N50,000 richer

-Lula becomes Brazil’s president


January 3, 2003.

-Nwachukwu dumps PDP for NDP

-Oil prices rise amid depletion reserves

-FG spends N34bn pensions in two years

-Obasanjo, Atiku meet PDP House caucus

-FG moves against 419

-All set for PDP primaries

  • Ekwueme, Gemade, Rimi protest electoral panels’ composition
  • Party invites Ghanaian pastors for prayer sessions
  • Fear over alleged plan to disrupt convention-Ige: Omisore taken to Osogbo

 January   4, 2003.

-24 hours to PDP convention

  • Obasanjo survives governors’ ‘coup’
  • Govs tell Atiku: if you don’t run, then we’ll vote for Ekwueme

-Obasanjo already has 1,000 votes –Rimi

-2 pilots, others killed in plane crash ….in Rivers State


January 5, 2003.

-Detectives raid Omisore’s residence

-Globacom to roll out 1m GSM lines

-Presidential primaries: PDP governors now back Obasanjo

  • President, Ekwueme, others get final nod
  • Convention gulps N450m

-Nigeria chickens out

  • 2010 World Cup


January 6, 2003.

-NITEL GSM: Siemens, Alcatel. others vie for contracts

-Euro Bank to keep rates at 2.25%

-Sect announces birth of second cloned baby

-ANPP date with destiny

…… 500 suspected thugs arrested

-PDP presidential primary: Last-minute deals give Obasanjo the edge

-Presentation of presidential candidate, not AD’s priority

-CBN to introduce savings certificate, development stocks

-Extortion: Soldiers ignore warning

January 7, 2003.

-2003: Experts make cautious business forecast

-AT&T to cut 3,500 jobs

-New strains of rotavirus found in Lagos

-NITEL: Contract managers to recover N55bn debt

-PDP primary fallout: Ekwueme’s protest baseless –Ikimi

-Buhari, Okadigbo, Akande, 8 others battle for ANPP ticket

  • We’ll welcome defectors –Lawal

-Gbonigi, YCE, others laud conduct of PDP convention

-Ige: Omisore’s investigation in order –AIG

PDP primary: Calm at Aso Rock

-NDP: Four presidential, 50 guber aspirants pick nomination forms


January 8, 2003.

-Nigeria asks OPEC for higher production quota

  • Oil prices fall

-Obasanjo inaugurates N4bn Ota/Agbara gas project

-Tinubu picks Femi Pedro to replace KofoBurknor

-INEC gets N27bn for 2003 polls

-Buhari picks ANPP ticket amid protests

  • Akande, Okorocha, Nwodo, others walk out
  • Okadigbo may be running mate

-National Conference: The Patriots meets with parties on Feb 4

-PDP to reconcile Obasanjo, Ekwueme

……Rimi, Gemade also

  • ACF, Ohanaeze in cautious response

-NEPA owes N450bn –Atiku

January 9, 2003.

-Oil prices hit by rising stocks

-NCC adopts dual pricing formula

-PDP primaries: Ogbeh carpets Ekwueme

-Femi Kuti nominated for Grammy Award

-INEC raises alarm over May 29 hand-over date

  • Insist on submission of candidates’ lists on Jan 11

-Obasanjo to revisit onshore/offshore bill

-AD returns Tinubu, Adefarati

-Nigeria spends $2bn on state-owned firms


January 10, 2003.

-Crude oil prices rise

-ASUU: Between the devil and the deep blue sea

-Interview for management contractor begins

-Court voids appointment of NDIC as receiver

-I’ll give Obasanjo the fight of his life –Buhari

-PDP committee in crucial meeting

-Anti-graft panel charges ex-LG boss, wife with N3bn fraud

-Foreign reserve rises to $8.1bn in December

-National ID card project stalled over funds

January 11, 2003.

-As Obasanjo signs amended Electoral Act: Parties get 30 days extension

  • It won’t affect election time table –INEC

-Ojukwu, APGA candidate vows to convoke National Conference

-ANPP can’t placate Igbo with Okadigbo –Ajuluchukwu

-Aghahowa deserves better deal –Fashanu


January 12, 2003.

-Presidency: 18 parties pick INEC forms

-What’s new about Mr. President’s wife?

-As Nwachukwu, Nwobodo, others pick tickets: Chris Okotie loses, resigns


January 13, 2003.

-Electoral Act bars parties’ merger, coalition

-OPEC raises output to curb soaring prices

-FG signs $1.4bn JV pact on Ajaokuta

-ANPP convention: 1999 in 2003

-FG splits NITEL into two firms

  • Terrestrial, Mobile units now separate

-NEPA records marginal improvement

  • Social factor, size still major headaches

-Anambra guber primary: PDP summons Mbadinuju, others

January 14, 2003.

-BPE suspends sale of Sofitel Hotel

-G-10 Central Bankers predict modest growth

-AD NEC meets

  • May back Obasanjo

-April polls: Guobadia, US envoy holds secret talks

  • Police seek EU’s assistance

-Kwaraguber primary: Riots at PDP secretariat

-Tinubu’s deputy-designate faces screening


December 15, 2003.

-Dutch firm emerges preferred bidder

-Presidency insists on relocation of NPC, FOS

-Workers fault full embrace of globalisation

-INEC uncovers 2m fake registered voters

-Presidential election: IBB not a factor –Useni

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