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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 25 November, 2017.

Sat, 25 Nov 2017

hours after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar formally resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party has said it would not miss the Waziri Adamawa.  The development came even as the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told the former vice president that much as it  would readmit him into its fold, it would not guarantee him automatic ticket in the 2019 presidential election.


 
Yesterday’s action by Atiku has confirmed Daily Sun, our sister publication’s earlier report that he would soon dump the APC for the PDP. But reacting to the development, the Adamawa state organising Secretary of the APC, Ahmed Lawal said the party would not miss the former vice president and wished him well in his future endeavours.

He said Atiku leaving the APC was a mistake and a wrong decision, adding that it is likely to end his political career.


 
He said: “When he was leaving PDP, he told the world that the party is the most corrupt party in the world and that if he leaves APC, he would be resigning from politics, so we are waiting to see if he has finally left politics for good.” In its formal reaction to Atiku’s exit from the APC, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said: “Politics is about interest, we have not seen any formal notification to that effect but based on what we have seen in the social media we can say all together is surprising but for us politics is all about interest.

“So, if the former Vice President feels that his interest is better served elsewhere, we can always wish him goodluck. For us, the task of building a political party is not a day’s job; its marathon and it takes many years and we will continue to improve on our system until we are able to get the kind of party that we want to really, really build. It takes many years to build a strong political party.”

We’ll take him, but no automatic ticket -PDP

Meanwhile, the PDP yesterday  formally extended an invitation to the former Vice President to return to the party, which he left in the run-up to the 2015 general elections but said it would not guarantee him an automatic ticket in the 2019 presidential election.

The opposition party said it was ready to re-admit Atiku,  without any precondition. The PDP said as a democratic party,  it offers a platform that enables anybody,  Atiku inclusive, “to aspire to any position he wants without any hindrance. We do not give automatic tickets to anybody.”


 
PDP National Publicity Secretary,  Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated this while reacting to Atiku’s  resignation from the APC at a press conference at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. Adeyeye said there is no doubt the former Vice President and other former PDP leaders, who left the party for the ruling party were deceived. 

He said it is good that they have realised their mistakes,  stating that the doors of the party is open to each and everyone of them to return.

His exit from APC not surprising –Ganduje

The governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that the decision by Atiku Abubakar to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not come to him as a surprise.

Reacting to Atiku’s resignation while fielding questions from newsmen at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, Ganduje said that though it is his prerogative to choose the political party he wants to belong to, he has been in the habit of moving from one party to the other.

Asked the implications of Atiku’s decision, Ganduje said, “Yes, he has his own freedom to choose whichever political party he wants to be and he has decamped to PDP. It is the way of politicians to choose the party they want to belong to.

“He was in PDP before and he was also in another party, so it was not surprising when he decided to choose to go back to another party. I think democracy is like that. People can choose where they want to be and they are not committing any crime by choosing to go where they want to be. That is democracy.”

He’s no threat to Buhari in 2019–El-Rufai

Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai described Atiku as a serial contestant whose defection from the APC did not also come to him as a surprise.

According to him, the former Vice-President was never really committed to the party, hence his exit is like good riddance to bad rubbish. El-Rufai who was in the Presidential Villa to join President Muhammadu Buhari for Friday’s Juma’at prayer, said Atiku was expected to leave the party next month, December, but now that he has left in November,  “the earlier the better”.

Speaking to State House Correspondents, the governor said even if Atiku secures a presidential ticket from another party, he is no match to contest the presidency against incumbent President Buhari in 2019.


 
El-Rufai also said, he will also not be surprised if Atiku returns in future to the APC if he failed to get his shot at the presidency just like he had done before, adding that he was very confident no APC governor would join the former Vice-President in quitting the party.

According to him, even the governor of Adamawa State where Atiku hails from, has already endorsed Buhari for re-election.

He also asserted that right now, no northern politician can beat Buhari in a presidential election because “this is Buhari’s time.” El-Rufai on how he felt about Atiku’s defection said, “Well, I won’t even say we were in the APC together. Some of us formed the APC, some of them joined because they thought that the APC was a platform for which they will contest election but when they didn’t get the opportunity they started looking around.”

On insinuations that he has been driven out of the party, the governor said, “No one has driven him out of the party, the APC is an equal opportunity platform for everyone. He has in his statement of leaving the party made reference to the memo I wrote to Mr. President in September 2016, where I was calling on the President to reach out to party leaders that feel aggrieved and I mentioned him, the Asiwaju and many others.

“The others are still in the APC because they believe in the direction of the party, they believe we have come to save the country from a very bad situation. But the former Vice President is always looking for an opportunity to contest. He is a serial contestant and we wish him luck.”

Ex-VP’s exit won’t affect party, stakeholders say

Some stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi said the exit of former Vice President from the party would not destabilise it.

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They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki that Atiku’s departure would not rock the party nor affect its chances in the 2019 general elections.

A former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Egwu Chima, said that the action of the former vice president did not demonstrate leadership, adding that his departure from the APC was unfortunate.

  “APC remains the party that is giving Nigerians direction in leadership, fighting corruption in all facets and reorganizing the economic system. “APC government is reorganizing and repositioning the bureaucracy, strengthening the economy and restoring the country back from pariah status”, he said.

Also, former Commissioner for Environment in the state, Dr Paul Okorie, said the former vice president’s exit from the APC was not a good lesson. “Well, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar just exercised his freedom of right to belong to associations and that includes political parties.

“He may have an ambition he hoped to achieve in APC which he may have seen as being threatened and hence his decision. “Having dropped from the APC’s moving train, the party moves on, and as he leaves, many others are coming into the party” , he said. Acting Chairman of APC in the state, Mr Eze Nwachukwu, said: “Atiku is an accomplished politician and must take responsibility for his actions; I have nothing much to say. “One thing is clear and that is that APC is bigger and larger than one individual or group of individuals and I wish him well.”

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Tragedy struck early evening of Friday on Owerri- Orlu road, Imo State,  as about 20 people including, two kids and a pregnant woman were burnt to death when the bus conveying them to Orlu town crashed into a diesel tanker near the Njaba Bridge between Umuaka/ Okwudor.

Vincent Durugbo, who witnessed the tragic incident told Saturday Sun, that the accident occurred when the driver of the commuter bus who was on top speed from Owerri end of the road crashed into the tanker, which had tumbled after the driver lost control of the vehicle near the Njaba bridge.
 
The impact of the crash ignited the fire that engulfed both the tanker and the bus with the passengers still trapped in the bus.


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“The driver of the bus who was coming from Owerri is to be blamed because he was reckless, as he should have seen that the tanker, which was coming from the opposite direction had tumbled after the driver had obviously lost control of the vehicle, but because the bus driver was on high speed he could not control the bus and crashed into the fallen tanker. I think that ignited the fire, because the diesel it was carrying was already spilling out”.
 
Durugbo said that most sympathizers at the scene of the accident could not go close to the raging fire to rescue trapped passengers, and they were all burnt to death including two kids and a pregnant woman”.

However, when contacted, the state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Kayode Aremu, said that his officers were on the scene, but said that he could not actually give the number of persons who died in the crash.

Sat, 25 Nov 2017

The death toll in a bomb attack on a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province has risen to 235.

Gunmen attacked and set off a bomb, killing at least 235 people in one of the country’s deadliest siege in recent memory, state media reported.

A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on the worshippers gathered for weekly Friday prayers, officials said.
 

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Witnesses said the assailants had surrounded the mosque with all-terrain vehicles then planted a bomb outside.

The gunmen then mowed down the panicked worshippers as they attempted to flee and used the congregants’ vehicles they had set alight to block routes to the mosque.


State television reported at least 184 people were killed and 125 wounded in the attack, which is unprecedented in a four-year insurgency by Islamist extremist groups.

Egypt’s presidency declared three days of mourning, state television reported, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met his security ministers to follow developments.

Sat, 25 Nov 2017

Former Finance Minister and one-time Presidential aspirant, Chief Olu Falae, in this interview with OLUYINKA OLUJIMI tells President Muhammadu Buhari to roll up his sleeves and stop talking about meeting an empty treasury. He argues that the situation in Nigeria today is not markedly different from that of the Ibrahim Babangida military regime which, according to him, equally battled low earnings from oil sales but left huge signature projects.

Sir, what are your views on the new budget estimates submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly?
 
What happened to the balance of last year’s budget? You will expect the unspent balance of last year’s budget to be the opening balance of the new year’s budget. If it were so, our budget this year will be three-quarters of the new proposal. Unspent balances cumulated over the last 10 years are so enormous. As a former Minister of Finance, I don’t understand what they do any more.


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After over 30 years of intervening in public affairs, pointing out how the nation can be put on a sound economic path, how do you feel that the economy is still in tatters, going from bad to worse, then recession? 
It is inevitable that when you don’t do the right thing at the right time, you pay the price. At times I feel as if we are suffering under a curse. At a time we had revenue in times of Naira and dollars, relative to our capacity to manage it judiciously. You know you can spend trillions of dollars in three months, recklessly, unproductively? But, you know, the capacity to spend judiciously and productively is limited by time. During General Gowon’s time, government endeavoured to make a dent on the nation’s infrastructural deficit. For example, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Lagos ring-road, the Lagos-Apapa road network, and the 17 international airports, several universities over a period of seven years. Since then, I don’t know if any government has done a fraction of what he (Gowon) did. We no longer sit down together to look at the economy holistically. In education, where are we now? Where should we be in education? What’s the deficit and how do we make up the deficit? We look at primary education nationwide, and you will see statistically that the enrolment ratio of children who are in school as against the number of children nationwide. Let’s say 65 percent of children in Ondo State, meaning that there is 35 percent not in school. That is where to start; from the base of educational planning. You then draw out a plan. First thing you have to look at is classroom space, both private and public. What is the number of pupils that should be in a classroom? What is the ideal number? UNESCO says 25. Okay, what is the number of children in Ondo State, in absolute terms? Say, 435,000. Divide that by 25. So, should we go for mega schools, or something more reasonable? How many schools do you need? Where are they located? You don’t just build more schools in the urban centre where the number is nearly fully captured already while those in the rural areas have no access. You distribute the classrooms to meet the deficit. We are not planning our education. And you do that number, not in one year but over four years. What kind of classrooms do you want to build? Is it the type of ramshackle classrooms that I attended in 1944? That is the type of planning that can transform a nation. You do that at all levels of education and in every state of Nigeria. Then you move into health. There are parameters for planning health. The Ministry of health should have data on epidemiology and incidence of preventable diseases, the people to be immunized. There should be planning for that, in details. The planning will result in either building more hospitals, or entering into partnership with the private sector. You will do that in every sector and you get good data for planning. Like the rail system, you assess your road network. How many kilometers of road and different categories do you need? In the next four years, do you need to just rehabilitate them, or do you need to reconstruct them to new and higher standards? You put all these together in one book, so that you know what you need to do, where and how? So that no area is neglected; so that they complement one another. This is the kind of comprehensive planning that we are talking about, that has been abandoned. What we are doing now cannot add up.


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