Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 8th December, 2017.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has declared he has not backed out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairmanship race.

He spoke through his media aide, Lanre Latinwo,  yesterday, against the backdrop of reports that he has withdrawn from the race.

Ladojo contended that the reports were masterminded by some aspirants who were uncomfortable and jittery of his candidature’s national acceptance; as the right man for the job.

“We are not surprised this is coming from them. Momentum is building very rapidly for the convention and many more of this kind of fabricated story will be dished out by losing groups and aspirants. Senator Ladoja has weighed all options before throwing his hat into the ring. As a former Board of Trustees (BoT) member, he knows the ideals upon which the party was built and will restore those ideals, when elected. In national politics, Ladoja is well known for his principled stand against unfairness.

“As national chairman of the PDP, Wadata Plaza will not be turned into a casino where money will exchange hands and democracy and people’s will be discarded.

“This is why well-meaning leaders and members are clamouring for his emergence as the man to lead the party to a glorious restoration, at this critical period.”

Also, former minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran declared he is ready for the party’s national convention scheduled for tomorrow.

Adeniran, who is also in contention for the national chairmanship position said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.

Speaking through the Director General of his campaign organisation, Shehu Gabam, Adeniran expressed satisfaction with the party’s response to his petitions.

Besides, Adeniran said  he is also satisfied with assurances given by the Convention Planning Committee Chairman, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, of Delta State, that the event will be transparent.

“We raised series of issues in the past. But, the leadership of the party has demonstrated capacity.

“Most of the issues we raised were addressed, whether they were 100 percent or not, they have allayed those fears and we are grateful. We don’t have much to complain about. Most issues have been taken care of. We raised issues on the chairmanship of the electoral committee and the party responded…(On) other issues, nature will tidy them up.”

The former minister noted that in the last couple of weeks, he has interacted widely with delegates across the country and that the responses were encouraging.

Meanwhile, stakeholders from Anambra PDP, led by the former national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, have protested  at the party’s national secretariat over the list of delegates from the state.

Metuh noted that although Anambra state congress did not hold, he claimed a top party official has submitted a list of delegates to the national secretariat.

A petition signed by the  former PDP spokesman and 11 others urged the party leadership to disregard the purported delegate list from Anambra, in the interest of peace.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Barely 48 hours to the make-or-break National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), returnee and former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday met with former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, behind closed door, at his Hilltop residence in Minna, Niger State.

Although the Wazirin Adamawa told journalists that the “visit was purely a private one,” Daily Sun authoritatively gathered that Atiku was in Minna to woo the former military president and frontline leader of the party to support his candidate.
“Issues bordering on Saturday’s elective convention of the opposition party dominated the discussion. In fact, Atiku was at the Hilltop to canvass the support of IBB for a candidate who would help him realise his presidential ambition in 2019. Yes, this much I can reveal,” a source revealed.

Other aspirants for the chairmanship position, which is zoned to the South include Uche Secondus, Raymond Dokpesi, Gbenga Daniel, Bode George, Rashid Ladoja and Prof. Tunde Adeniran.

“Whoever emerges the party chairman would play a critical role in influencing the choice of the presidential candidate. You know that IBB and former President Jonathan appear to be backing one of the chairmanship aspirants. You can, therefore, understand why Atiku’s visit at this time is very significant ahead of the convention,” the source added.

Atiku, accompanied by the former governor of the state, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, the state PDP chairman, Alhaji Tanko Beji and other prominent members of the party in the state arrived the home of General Babangida at exactly 12:35pm and went straight into the meeting, which ended at 3:45pm.

The visit came a day after the chairman of the caretaker committee, Ahmed Makarfi, the chairman of the convention and governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa; Taraba State Governor, Dairus Ishyaku; Senate Minority Leader, Abdul Ningi and Senator Ben Obi paid a visit on Babangida.

The sources said it was not unlikely that Atiku is scheming to cue into the Prof. Adeniran camp, which is reportedly enjoying the backing and support of Jonathan and Babangida.

Babangida and Jonathan’s endorsement of Adeniran notwithstanding, the support base of Secondus is believed to be expanding as minutes tick by, as delegates from the South-East have reportedly threw their cap in his ring.

This is in addition to the bloc votes he is expected to garner from the 19 northern states and as well as the votes from the South-South delegates.

“With Daniel, George, Ladoja and Adeniran sharing the votes from South-West, it would take more than a miracle and magic combined to stop Secondus’ victory,” a party source said last night.

Indications are strong that the former vice president may declare his intention to run for presidency in 2019 soon after the national convention.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has given conditions for Ndigbo to support any presidential candidate in 2019.

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, who gave the conditions yesterday, in a chat with newsmen at Ohanaeze secretariat, said Igbo would only support a presidential candidate whose manifesto protects the interest of the Igbo.

Nwodo spoke as he was received by members of the Enugu State chapter upon his return from United States of America, where he went to inaugurate the North Carolina chapter.

He disclosed that as soon as all the candidates for the various political parties emerge, Ohanaeze would seek audience with them, look at their manifestos and lend support to the party that best protects the interest of Igbo.

“Whoever wants to be president will assure us that he will not stay in office for more than one term. The Igbo will get presidency in 2023. This neglect will be worked out. We will look at who will protect the interest of Ndigbo,” he insisted.

He also decried the neglect of Igbo under the current administration, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, frowning at the poor state of facilities at the Akanu Ibiam Airport Enugu, where he landed yesterday.

“The runway is despicable. The terminal building has been abandoned. The other one at the domestic wing has been carried by hurricane. To disembark from the international wing took us two hours,” Nwodo lamented.

He also condemned the punishment the Igbo were subjected to at the airport by Immigration and Customs officials who he accused of extorting money from them.

He lamented that the Customs and Immigration officials mete out inhuman and degrading treatments to Ndigbo at the airport, by always insisting on travellers to open their boxes containing personal effects, whereas, nobody does such in other international airports in Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Kaduna.

Nwodo was happy that Ndigbo residing in America are living peacefully. He said he was amazed to find an indigenous Igbo Catholic Church where the priest, the choir and the laity are pure Igbo natives.

He said there was no state or country outside Nigeria that has the number of Igbo residents as large as the one in North Carolina.

Speaking on the import of the reception, the President of Ohanaeze, Enugu State, Chief Alex Ogbonnaya, said it was Igbo tradition to accord such reception to a great man returning from a far journey.

He described Nwodo’s leadership as exemplary and unprecedented in the history of Ndigbo and said for the first time, the president general has been promoting handshake, not only across the Niger, but also South-South, Niger Delta and South-West.

On the issue of neglect, Ogbonnaya explained that Igbo operate a communal system and Ohanaeze intends to leverage on this by promoting “think home” philosophy, so that Ndigbo would re-organise themselves and realise their capacity to do things for themselves.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The planned re-arraignment of Maryam Sanda, who allegedly  stabbed her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello, to death was  stalled, yesterday.

Meanwhile, Justice Yusuf Halilu has ordered that Maryam be returned to Suleja prison pending the new date for her arraignment fixed for December 14.

The arraignment was stalled following an amended charge that was brought by the Police which listed three other people to be arraigned alongside Sanda, including her brother.

Maryam Sanda reportedly stabbed her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death. She allegedly to have killed her husband by stabbing him with a knife. 

 At the last court sitting on November 24, the prosecuting counsel, Mr James Idachaba, prayed the court to adjourn the matter to enable the filling of an amendment based on new facts. 

The filling of the amendment charge consequently brought in the other defendants.

Justice Halilu, therefore, said it was necessary to wait for the prosecution to bring the other defendants before further action could be taken on the matter. 

Halilu said: “I have listened to the defendant’s counsel and I will not grant her bail, all arguments about her bail application shall be taken together on Thursday, December 14, when all other co-defendants will be brought to court. “We must be very tidy. I am a judge with principle, the prosecution has enough time to encourage the sureties to look for other defendants; this is an amendment charge, you must make extra effort to get other defendants arraigned before me. 

“In the meantime, the defendant should be taken back to Suleja prison.”

 Earlier, Idachaba had told the court that all efforts to bring other co-defendants were not possible as their present location could not be ascertained. He said it had been very difficult for the prosecution to serve the co-defendants and prayed the court to adjourn the matter to another day. “We will do our very best to bring them to court; the bail application should not be taking now since others are not here; there is a new charge before the court and some other prove of evidence. “We feel it may not be necessary to take the bail application now; this should be in the interest of justice. We pray the application should be adjourned to be taken with the new amendment charge,’’ Idachaba said. On his part, the defendant’s counsel, led by Mr Joseph Daudu (SAN), informed the judge that “more papers and better affidavit to defend the matter had been filed before the court.” According to Daudu, there is no law that guides the application of the prosecution that bail should not be granted in the absence of co-defendants.

“What the prosecution is saying is strange; we cannot suffer for their ill preparedness, the former charge before the court upon which the defendant is charged should be taken. “We urge the court to exercise its discretion and rule on the bail application because the place where the defendant is, is not conducive. “It is bad for a woman nursing a child like her to be in that place, I orally pray the court that she should be released on bail,’’ Daudu said. 

While the hearing lasted, a group protested outside the court room carrying placards with inscriptions: “No to violence against men’’, “I endorse equal rights to men camapign’’. 

The Coordinator of the group, Miss Awojola Kehinde, said “No to violence against women had been on the centre stage before now; it was time to start campaign to end violence against men.”

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has identified 5,000 more Nigerians trapped in Libyan detention camps.

The Charge d’Affaires of Nigeria in Libya, Illiya Fachano, told the News Agency of Nigeria “there is a camp with 5,000 Nigerians and we need the diplomatic police to escort us, to extract them.

“There are various camps in the regions of South, West and East of Libya.

“The United Nations-backed Libyan Government is in the western region which is where Tripoli is.

“Camps in the other regions are known but inaccessible camps due to the challenges of going into these camps as a communication chain is required before we can reach them,” he said.

He also added that the Nigerian government has been in talks with the recognised government in Tripoli, on how to reach some of the camps to extract its nationals.

Fachano also called for the provision of a bigger aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who have agreed to come back home.

“We need the Nigerian government to better fund its embassy in Libya and send the aircraft. We have made our request for that.”

He called on the UN to help out by sponsoring repatriation flights, provide food and health materials for the migrants.

He said the federal government has, so far, repatriated 3,250 from Libya, in recent times.

This is even as 300 other Nigerians are to be repatriated from Libya every week.

Fachano said the government would continue to make efforts to save Nigerians that are trapped in Libya.

“We, the embassy of Nigeria in Tripoli, Libya, have been doing our best to register Nigerians. We have visited the detention camps, and also, collaborated with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to repatriate migrants weekly…”

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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