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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 30 December, 2017.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
With a lot of high drama expected next year, we give to you a look ahead, forecasting some of the biggest political battles which will be fought in 2018.

No doubt, 2018 will witness a renewed intensity of political activities since the year precedes the election year. Already, the announcement of the dates for the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given a shot in the arm of political events, prompting events and secret meetings and others. While these are only some of the biggest battles to be fought, the Nigerian political landscape has a knack for serving up brand-new drama and intrigues. Here, we give to you - in no particular order - the major events that will dominate in the year 2018. 
Mad rush for presidential tickets
One of the biggest political battles of 2018 will be the aggressive race to secure the presidential tickets of various political parties. The race will be more intense in the two ‘biggest’ political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 
In the PDP, the atmosphere is already charged as the battle for presidential ticket has already kicked off. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State had, at Chelsea Hotel, in Abuja, publicly declared to run for the coveted office. 
Former governors Ibrahim Shekarau and Sule Lamido of Kano and Jigawa States, have also indicated interest to run, as former vice president Atiku Abubakar has also returned to the party with emerging indications that he would seek the ticket.
Others likely to throw their hats into the ring are former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, former Senate President David Mark and former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa.
The emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as PDP national chairman has changed the equation as some analysts say Atiku’s chances are now shaky.
In the ruling APC, most party leaders have considered President Muhammadu Buhari the only who could win for the party if given the ticket. But Mr President is yet to declare for a second term, despite his body language that has indicated he will. 
Daily Trust gathered that in the event Buhari declines, former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, will likely contest for the ticket.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the Governing Boards of agencies and parastatals, under some ministries, and also the appointment of ‘eminently qualified Nigerians’ to fill the board positions, numbering 209 chairmen and 1,258 members.
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
It appears the ongoing battle for supremacy in Kano State between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso is gradually dragging the Kano chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into a serious political crisis which, if care is not taken, may cost it its status as the ruling party in the state come 2019 general elections.
Gov. Ganduje and Sen. Kwankwaso have been embroiled in a serious political war since the former became the Governor of Kano State on May 29, 2015. The squabble has factionalised the APC in the state along APC Gandujiyya and APC Kwankwasiyya.


 
Individuals and organisations, including the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Development, have made efforts to reconcile the two political gladiators in order to restore peace in the party, but instead, the crisis paved way for war of words among members of the Kwankwasiyya and the Gandujiyya groups.
Similarly, the recent intervention by the APC national leadership, which led to the change of leadership of the party in the state was expected to end the lingering political feud between Kwankwaso and Ganduje, but on the contrary, the squabble took a new dimension.
The APC national leadership intervention, Daily Trust observed, was necessary in order to forestall another round of political war between the two groups that was bound to erupt during the forthcoming local government elections in the state slated for February 10, 2018
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Cotton farmers in Gombe State have expressed dissatisfaction over what they call the refusal of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release fund under the Anchor Borrowers Programme, for the rainy season cotton farming. 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, says that several attempts to remove him from office stemmed from his unflinching loyalty to constituted authority at all times. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assented to the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Bill 2017. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Though there were three contestants to the throne of the Emir of Katagum, the selection of a successor was smooth. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) has provisions for the necessary steps that must be taken and adhered to in amending any of its provisions. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Cotton farmers in Gombe State have expressed dissatisfaction over what they call the refusal of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release fund under the Anchor Borrowers Programme, for the rainy season cotton farming. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has with immediate effect, suspended service boats operations in all its pilotage districts until the full settlement of debts accruing from unpaid dues by International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other beneficiaries of the services. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Bauchi State Government has allocated 18. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Climate Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP), a programme of the International Food and Agriculture Development (IFAD), says it will undertake enterprise development initiatives for women and youths in seven states. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
As petrol scarcity bites harder in Kano metropolis, commercial tricycle operators, yesterday, increased fares by about 70 per cent. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on Friday said Nigeria lost 54.6 per cent of oil revenue, amounting to 29.7 billion dollars in 2015. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Murtala Muhammed Airport ,Lagos, Police Command, has debunked the recent allegations of poaching of aircrafts and stealing of baggage at the airport leveled against its personnel. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Bauchi State Government has allocated 18.8% which amount to N31,579 696,627 to education and N25,574,001,643 representing 15.23% to the health sector in the proposed 2018 budget of N167,957,420 800.
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Chelsea will today have their sights set on leapfrogging Manchester United into second spot after beating Brighton on Boxing Day. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa isnt getting any action in Leicester City due to the massive competition for places according to manager Claude Puel. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
One of the co-promoters of Joseph Parker says a fight between the New Zealander and Anthony Joshua has never been closer after a purse split was formally agreed. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Wikki Tourist defender Abdullahi Musa is one of the players making waves at the CHAN Eagles camp in Abuja, the player known for his combative style is among those expected to make the final squad to Morocco. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
PremiershipSaturday 30th DecemberBournemouth vs Everton 4pmChelsea vs Stoke City 4pmHuddersfield Town vs Burnley 4pmLiverpool vs Leicester City 4pmNewcastle Utd vs Brighton & Hove 4pmWatford vs Swansea City 4pmManchester Utd vs Southampton 4pmItalian Serie AFiorentina vs AC Milan 12. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Sensational if it all happens. 
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Some football enthusiasts in Ebonyi on Friday in Abakaliki urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure the settlement of all bonus issues regarding the home-based Super Eagles before Jan. 13.