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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 17 December, 2017.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The political tremor set off by the return of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to the Peoples Democratic Party, where, it is widely believed, he would seek the 2019 presidential ticket, may not ease off soon.

Since his defection to the party about two weeks ago, political alignments and realignments have been ongoing within the PDP and between some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and some PDP members.

Although the then PDP leadership under former Kaduna State governor, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, was alleged to have provided him a “soft landing” by dissolving the Adamawa State caretaker committee, to enable Atiku’s men take over the structure of the party while still hanging on in the APC at the time, the statement from the party’s leadership shortly after his defection that there was no automatic ticket for the Adamawa-born politician is a clear indication that Atiku is not likely to get the ticket on a gold platter.

Neither would his ambition dim the light on the aspiration of other members of the party, who are also believed to be interested in seeking the presidential ticket.

Interestingly, the Makarfi was the first man who came out in the open to say that Atiku posed no threat to any of the presidential hopefuls on the platform of the PDP.

Although he has not formally signified interest in the race, Sunday Sun can authoritatively confirm that Makarfi will run.

Barely 72 hours to the PDP national convention, there had been reports in sections of the media insinuating Makarfi had interest in seeking to fly the PDP’s flag in 2019. Makarfi dismissed the insinuation in the media reports as not true.

In a statement signed on his behalf by his spokesman, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, the former Kaduna State governor said: “The fact is that the senator was asked what threat the return of Atiku Abubakar to the party portends to the aspirations of others who had either made their intentions known or those, who, like him were rumoured to be nursing such ambition.

“His answer was that Atiku’s return would not, in any way adversely affect the rights of any member of the party to aspire to any position, adding that there were no preconditions to the return as Atiku Abubakar did not ask for, neither did the party offer any concessions to him beforehand.

“Senator Ahmed Makarfi wishes to assure the teeming members and supporters of the PDP and indeed the entire country that his own major preoccupation at the moment is to discharge the responsibility given to him to lead the process of repositioning the party, which he hopes will culminate in the conduct of a very credible and transparent convention. This is what matters the most to him at this moment.”

After the convention penultimate Saturday, sources close to him confirmed to Sunday Sun that he would indeed run and that he would make the intention known at the appropriate time.

Asked further if Makarfi does not feel threatened by Atiku’s return to the PDP, one of the sources said that there was no way Atiku could stop Makarfi’s ambition.
Sun, 17 Dec 2017

Newly elected national chairman, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Prince Uche Secondus says he has just one agenda- to return the opposition party to power in 2019.

Since his emergence as leader of Nigeria’s main opposition party, seven days ago, Secondus has not left anyone in doubt about his desire to regain power for the PDP in the 2019 polls.

In his inaugural speech at the Eagle Square,venue of the PDP national convention, the opposition leader issued the ruling All Progressives Congress( APC), a quit notice.


 
According to him, new members of the PDP National Working Committee(NWC) have a clear and unambiguous mandate  to return the  party to power in 2019.

Consequently, he declared that the tenancy of the APC in Nigeria’s seat of power, Aso Rock Villa, will elapse on May 29, 2019.

“It is crystal clear to all Nigerians, that APC is not a political party, but a body hurriedly assembled to seize power without a clear cut plan for governance. Let me assure you great members and leaders of our party, that by the grace of God and with all hands on deck, the brief tenancy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aso Rock Villa expires on May 28, 2019. By this, we serve them a quit notice,” the PDP leader stated.

Also speaking at the PDP national secretariat, Wadata Plaza, 24 hours later, Secondus reiterated the desire of the party leadership to sack the ruling party at the next general election. He said the ruling party has brought untold hardship to Nigerians, noting that sacking them from power is a task that must be done.

Secondus said:”We know that the APC and their government are broken. They are running a broken government. We need to rescue our nation from their hands to rebuild our country once more.


 
“We will never be distracted by the ruling party and  their false propaganda. Nigerians know the truth now that all they have been saying in the last two years are mere lies.

“Nigerians can no longer be fooled by false propaganda. They will hear the truth and the truth will save the country, not by false propaganda,”

However, Sunday Sun can authoritatively report that the outcome of the just concluded national convention of the PDP has raised new challenges for the opposition party.

Analysts say these issues, if not addressed to the satisfaction of key stakeholders in the PDP, the party’s ambition to retake power at the centre and majority of the states  in 2019 may just end as a day dream.

Although the party has been congratulating itself for a successful convention; aggrieved party members say the emergence of the new party leaders through a “ unity list”, leaves much to be desired.

Recall that midway into voting, a list of aspirants tagged “unity list” with Secondus as national chairman started circulating at the Eagle Square, venue of the convention.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017

Senator Stella Oduah is a former Minister of Aviation. Currently, he represents Anambra North in the 8th Senate and heads the committee on Cooperation and Integration. She was also a governorship aspirant in the just concluded Anambra State poll. She ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but withdrew few days to the primaries.

In this interview with Sunday Sun, the lawmaker explained why Igbo must bring their investments to the South East. She spoke on other key issues.


 
You have been championing the campaign on the concept of “Aku Lue Uno” (The wealth should get to the home). What is this new campaign about? What does it hope to achieve?

Aku lue uno is a concept that encourages indigenes to think of their homes in their investments. It works in tandem with what World Bank is preaching, “shared prosperity” because the wealth of a man in now being measured by the level of poverty within their environment. It is not just the right thing to do, it is economically viable to invest in our homes, particularly for those from the South East and Anambra in particular.

We have the enabling community, we have the population and current government initiatives have provided enabling environment. So what we need is to plough back our investment and our commercial ability. What we have outside the South East zone should be replicated in the zone. We need to start domesticating our investments so we can help our people. We would help in improving the poverty level, we will help in creating jobs, we would help in growing our domestic economy. Most importantly our people will feel that accomplishment we have. In doing so, we would be doing what is termed shared prosperity, in doing so we are doing what is termed “Aku Lue Uno.”

Statistically, one out of every four industries belongs to an individual from Anambra and one out of every importer or exporter is from Anambra. We also know that one out of every five successful business man or woman is from Anambra. Can you imagine the magnitude of that investment if we can just channel just 10 per cent of that home? We would create massive employment, we would create massive mentorship for the young ones and we would have a society that will be the envy of all.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Chief (Deacon) Austin Umahi is the National Vice Chairman (South East) of the Peoples Democratic Party 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Onyedika Agbedo Chief Charles Udo Udeogaranya is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
From Paul Orude, Bauchi Revered Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi in this interview with 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By George Aluo Wilfred Ndidi, was a sad man yesterday on a day he was supposed to be catching fun on 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Nigeria's U17 girls, Flamingoes scraped through to the final round of the African qualification series 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Tiger Woods made a successful return with a t-9 finish at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month, 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Real Madrid became the first team to win back-to-back Club World Cup titles as Cristiano Ronaldo's 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Chelsea yesterday consolidated third place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Southampton at Stamford 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Neymar scored two goals and set up two more as Paris St Germain extended their Ligue 1 lead to nine points 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Curtain falls on the maiden Rainoil Tennis open today at the Clay Courts of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Major League Soccer (MLS) club, Vancouver Whitecaps have released Nigeria midfielder Nosa Igiebor. The 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Activities leading to the internment of the remains of Late Nneoma Mercy Ifeoma Ifenkwe, mother of League 


Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) under the leadership of 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the APC-Federal Government must as a matter 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Buried amid tears, tributes in Abuja As Nigerians mourn the death of former Secretary to the Government 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Nigerian Army troops attached to Operation Lafiya Dole, the counter-insurgency initiative, have captured 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
From Noah Ebije, Kaduna. Against the general belief across the globe that the Catholic Church is one 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
We're looking for him 'Prison Controller From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia People in Ikenanzizi Alike, Obowo, 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Enyeribe Ejiogu Barely one week to Christmas, a new Ponzi scheme called PeerProfit has taken off and 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Ngozi Uwujare Two young children, Samielbi Pepple, who is seven years old, and three-year-old Sanantha 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Every day, we learn. No one, no matter your standing in the society, learns every day. Today, you and 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Dear njigirl, my wife of six years has a bunch of close male and female friends and I don't bother 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The modern mistress is in control. She calls the shots. The modern mistress isn't lonely and unhappy. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Domestic violence occurs between people in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence can take many 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Whoops! Here comes Mr Drama king, I muttered uncharitably with a heavy sigh. 'Darling is that Rick 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Greatness cannot hide! A time comes when it blossoms for all to see and admire or hate out of jealousy. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The story is told of an old Cherokee who told his grandson, 'My son, there is a battle between two 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
December is a month of festivities. Most of us are bound to indulge ourselves in binge drinking, in the 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Let me begin by telling a story. On June 1, 2015, the day I resumed work as adviser on media to President 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha always enjoys a good measure of media attention. He's an 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Solomon Bob I've long been enthralled by the writings of Richard Stengel (Nelson Mandela's award-winning 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Akin Oyedele These are indeed challenging times for state governors, majority of whom, indubitably, 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Udekwe Idemili Nigeria has exited from recession but Nigerians are yet to feel the impact. The benefits 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Osita Okechukwu President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, our dear president, whom one could without being 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By bolatito adebayo Mrs. Titilayo Adeleye is an architect and the chief executive of Eden Group, which 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By CHRISTY ANYANWU Abiodun Koya is a classical singer based in the United States. She is 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By CHRISTY ANYANWU joan Ibuzo, Creative Director, House of Marie, has always had passion for fashion. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Chidi Obineche he had a rare access to the plum seat of Acting national chairman in the heady days 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
As Word Bible Church marks 25th anniversary From Wole Balogun Special Adviser to President Muhammad 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Chibuzor Odega is a medical doctor with over nine years practice in the health sector. The University 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The country's leading opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), recently held its elective 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Damilola Fatunmise Fair skinned actress, Nkechi Blessing Sunday aka Omoge Lekki is an unusual actress. 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
By Bianca Iboma Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundation, in conjunction with Ada Ossai Productions have premiered