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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9TH DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 9th December, 2017.


Sat, 09 Dec 2017

Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will today be literally set on fire as the delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the nation’s main opposition party, converge for the party’s national convention.

For followers of events in the party, it would be a “make or mar” convention as its outcome would predictably determine the future of the PDP.

Considering its pedigree, the art of politics would resonate in the FCT as members of the party converge on the Eagles Square venue to participate in the elective congress. In the estimation of critical observers, the convention will largely task the party’s internal mechanism of electing key officials that will position it solidly for the general elections in 2019.

There is no gainsaying that the ‘success or failure’ of the exercise will certainly rub off on the nation’s polity and democratic governance.


For obvious reasons, many are in agreement that the convention has become a national programme that would test the sagacity of power brokers in the country and set agenda for the next general elections. This is in view of the fact that the PDP is the only major and functional opposition party with the capacity to challenge the current dominance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the nation’s power equation.

The calculation in many quarters is however that without a well-organised and coordinated PDP, there are fears Nigeria may be tailored towards a one party state, a development that was halted by the Supreme Court verdict of July 12, which eventually resolved the protracted leadership crises in the erstwhile ruling party.

So, in the next 24 hours, the power brokers in the PDP hitherto touted as the largest party in black Africa would go for broke as they try to outwit one another in the titanic battle for the party’s structure ahead of 2019.

But as the development unfolds, two questions that come to the minds of critical observers are: will the PDP get it right after the convention or relapse into another round of crisis following clashes of interests among the major gladiators?.  Many believe that head or tail, the outcome of the convention would jumpstart activities ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Since the return of democracy in 1999, the PDP reigned supreme at the centre, and in most states in the country until 2014 when the APC was formed. But not a few argue that even though the PDP lost power in 2015, it still has a formidable structure to pull surprises in the next general elections if it can get the national convention right.


At the last count, not less than nine leading chieftains of the party picked forms to contest for the apex position.

Those from the South-West are Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Gbenga Daniel, Tunde Adeniran, Taoheed Adedoja, Aderemi Olusegun and Rashidi Ladoja. The other two from the South-South are Raymond Dokpesi and Uche Secondus.

Even though the intention and capacity of the individuals are not the same, the contenders seem to have similar messages to the members – to provide viable opposition capable of unseating the APC in 2019.


Sat, 09 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to sack Nigeria’s Ambassador to Libya over his alleged failure to inform the Federal Government about the plight of Nigerians who are being sold as slaves in the oil-rich country.

Making the appeal in this interview with TUNDE THOMAS, a top chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, Senator Femi Okurounmu, lamented that the sordid ordeal Nigerians were going through with the knowledge of embassy officials could have continued if the Cable News Network, CNN had not exposed the evil trade that was going on in Libya. Okurounmu also spoke on other national issues.

The Afenifere held an emergency meeting mid-week in Akure, Ondo State capital, what’s the meeting all about, why the emergency meeting?

We are all worried, and as elders we must be worried when things are not going normal.

The state of affairs in Nigeria today calls for concern. It calls for sober reflection. The situation of things, especially socio-economic situation are getting worse.


Hunger and poverty are on the increase. Fulani herdsmen are on rampage all over the country. In Adamawa State as we are talking, they have murdered some village heads, killed and maimed innocent villagers. Fulani herdsmen are on rampage. The horrific situation in Adamawa has become so terrible that for the first time, President Muhammadu Buhari, a known defender and apologist of murderous Fulani herdsmen had to send the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to the state.

Today, Nigeria has become a living hell for citizens, and that’s why Nigerians are running away from the country. Young men, women, nursing mothers are leaving Nigeria in search of greener pastures, but now see the end result.

Look at what is happening to Nigerians in Libya today. What a shame, a big shame, very big shame on our leaders. Nigerians are now being sold in open market as slaves.

The most embarrassing aspect of it all is that this government under the leadership of President Buhari has an Ambassador in Libya who was privy or had knowledge of what is happening to Nigerians but refused to cry out or inform the Nigerian government, or may be he did so we don’t know. But the bubble eventually burst and the whole world knew what was happening to Nigerians when the CNN carried the report. What a shame. If it were to be in a normal country where things work or where there is accountability, Nigeria Ambassador to Libya should have been fired. He should have been given the boot.


Let’s call a spade a spade, Buhari’s government has failed Nigerians. Situation of things has never been so terrible for Nigerians. If Buhari has a good administration, Nigerians would not be running away from the country. Buhari is clueless in coming up with any programme that will alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians. It is a big shame that our embassy in Libya couldn’t protest or raise alarm about indignity Nigerians were suffering in Libya.

Like I said earlier, in a decent country, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Libya should have been recalled back home and fired. He should have been given the boot. But then, Nigeria is not a decent country. It is a country where anything goes and that’s why the ambassador is still holding his job.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Leaders of  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been advised not to hope for taking  over power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019. Giving the advice in this interview with TUNDE THOMAS, the Chairman, Conference of APC States’ Chairmen, and Lagos State APC Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, said the PDP leaders are only day dreaming if they ever think that the party can bounce back into reckoning  at the national level.

Ajomale also spoke on some other national issues including the recent defection of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to the PDP, Tinubu’s visit to Afenifere leader in Akure, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro’s defection from PDP to APC.

As the Chairman of the Conference of APC States Chairmen, what is your reaction to the defection of the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to the PDP?

Atiku is a political chameleon, he is ever unpredictable. It becomes a tradition for him to be jumping from one political party to another. Atiku is not a principled politician. Nobody should take Atiku’s defection serious. It is good riddance to bad rubbish. This is about the third time Atiku would be leaving PDP and going back again to the party. He is not a serious politician.



Atiku should not be deceived by political hangers-on; he must have realised the bitter truth, and the truth is that, he is politically finished. Even in his home state of Adamawa, Atiku has become a laughing stock. His defection to PDP, to us in APC, is good riddance to bad rubbish. Atiku has no political value again. He has nothing to offer again. I even pity Atiku for going back to PDP, because PDP as of today has become a divided house. By going back to PDP, Atiku is going to cause more crisis for the party. PDP is going to become more polarised with Atiku’s return to the party. Atiku has become a spent-force. I don’t think he has anything to offer anymore.

Some people have accused the former VP of not being a principled politician …

Of course, yes. To be saying that, they are absolutely correct. Atiku from all intents now is being driven by personal political ambition. His being in politics from all indications and his own personal actions have shown that what is paramount to him is how to realise his personal political ambition; he has shown that he is not keen on or being driven by the urge to serve the nation, but rather it is the realisation of his own personal interests that matters to him.

But the danger about the way he is playing his politics is that nobody would trust and believe him again. By going back to the PDP, Atiku has simply returned to eat his vomit. For us in APC, we don’t miss anything by Atiku’s defection to PDP. APC doesn’t feel threatened at all, it is Atiku that has become a threat only to himself. APC is not losing any sleep over Atiku’s action. We wish him good luck back in his former political party to which he has now returned.


Sat, 09 Dec 2017
Former FCT Minister, Mr. Mohammed Abba Gana is a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this brief encounter with FRED ITUA, the Borno State-born politician bares his mind on Nigerian politics, the PDP convention, the build up to 2019 general elections especially the presidential race, among others.

Your take on the emergence of next PDP chairman?

Getting a good national chairman who has no baggage is very critical to the resurgence of the PDP. That person must be a true team leader who cannot be blackmailed. The PDP needs a consummate, yet discerning and diligent chairman because the APC is very vindictive and full of vendetta and vile propaganda. We need a dedicated chairman with good character attributes. That chairman, must be totally committed to our party and its binding philosophy. We must get it right by electing an unblemished field marshal. Above all, we need a competent national chairman who has solid capacity to mobilize and galvanize our party members and supporters across the country.

What about the 2019 elections and the kind of candidates parties should produce?

A central goal of the new leadership of the PDP will be to midwife the emergence of a strong presidential candidate who is generally acceptable throughout the country and has the capacity to confront and defeat the incumbent president at the poll. Anything short of that cannot suffice, because the incumbent can easily overwhelm somebody with limited political experience and exposure. We must emphasise and enforce justice, fairness, equity and balance in all our dealings. We must strengthen internal democracy in our fold, so that the recklessness and impunity of the recent years will not be repeated. We must provide level playing field for all and enhance transparency in our process.

Do you think the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has a chance in 2019?

In 2015, through rampant cases of imposition of candidates, a lot of people became angry and worked against the PDP. The campaigns leading to the 2019 elections should be issue based, devoid of pretences and falsehoods. Nigerians are definitely getting wiser and wiser, therefore lies, propaganda and empty rhetoric alone can no longer work magic for any political party or candidate this time. People have seen the reality on ground. They have seen both sides of the coin. As the saying goes, seeing is believing and feeling the situation is the ultimate decider. Nigerians are suffering. The verifiable achievements on ground, practical manifesto and programme are what the electorate will be looking for. The matter of unity, peace, understanding and wellbeing of Nigerians will also be in the front burner this time. This time around, the party must take cognisance of our national diversity and the sensibilities of the various parts of the country. As much as possible, no group or section should be left behind or excluded. There is the need to reappraise and adopt new strategies for defeating insurgency and curbing radicalisation in the North East.


Sat, 09 Dec 2017
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Sat, 09 Dec 2017
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