Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 7th December, 2017.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared yesterday that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar might not vote during its national convention billed for this coming Saturday.

Making reference to the party’s constitution over his eligibility to vote at the convention, the party noted that Atiku would however be allowed to attend and address party members at the convention.

This is even as PDP BoT chairman, Walid Jibrin, has said that the party is waiting for Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other Senators and members of the House of Representatives to return to its fold the way Atiku did.

He further added that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should be grateful to Atiku for not tearing the membership card of the party like former President Olusegun Obasanjo did to signal his exit from PDP.

Jibrin declared that it is too late to micro- zone the position of the national chairman. Atiku who formally returned to the PDP last week had visited the party’s national secretariat on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s

national convention.
Section 8 of the PDP constitution, which

deals on procedure for rejoining the party states: “A person who desires to rejoin the party after leaving it shall – (a) apply to his Ward Secretary for re-admission; and (b) unless given waiver by the National Working Committee, be placed on probation for a period of not less than one year.

“(9) Subject to the provision of Section 8(b), a member on probation shall have the right to attend all meetings of the Party, but shall not be entitled to vote at

such meetings, nor shall he be eligible to contest for elective of ce on the platform of the Party”.

Asked whether Atiku is eligible to vote, the national publicity secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said, “All you need to do is pick up the constitution of the party and see whether Atiku is quali ed to vote or not”.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he would win resoundingly should another election be held in the country.

The president premised his confidence on the mammoth crowd that welcomed him during his two-day visit to Kano State yesterday.

Buhari stated this shortly before visiting the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.

“I am overwhelmed by the sea of people I see and by what I see today, if elections are contested I will no doubt win it”, Buhari said of the mammoth crowd that came to welcome him.

The president reaffirmed the commitment of his administration towards the fight against insurgency in the country.

According to him, while Kano is the commercial hub of the Northern Nigeria, commercial activities in the state have been paralysed by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Before the insurgency, dozens of articulated vehicles,from different states in the north trooped into Kano to buy goods.

“The activities of the insurgents have really paralyse the socio-economic activities of the state”, the president added.

He noted, however, that with the steps taken by his administration towards decimating Boko Haram insurgency, the commercial glory of the state would soon be restored.

His words: “Our administration is committed to pursuing the three-point agenda: the fight against corruption, insurgency and restoring the economy. Security is one of my top priorities. We can’t measure the loss caused by Boko Haram to the Northeast region and by extension to Kano State.

“But we are now on top of the situation. As you can witness, peace is being restored in the Northeastern region and other areas in the North”.

Describing Kano State as his support base since he ventured into politics in 2002, Buhari said he is proud of the state for its unflinching support for him.
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The federal government yesterday gave marching orders to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, to end fuel scarcity and clear the queues at filling stations this weekend.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa.

He also said that contrary to reports, the federal government has no intention of increasing fuel price.

Mohammed blamed the winter period for fuel scarcity, pointing out that there is always more demand for petroleum products during winter.

He said, “The Minister of Petroleum was supposed to join us but he has to attend a very important meeting so that this crisis would be resolved. No, the government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of PMS.

“Two, the minister assured the council that we have enough products till the next one month even till the end of January.

Thirdly, this is winter period. There is always more demand for refined products for petroleum during winter period in the colder countries; this is what we are experiencing now.

“Also, that it has been the NNPC that has been importing but he has assured. The council gave him a marching order that this fuel scarcity should not last beyond this weekend and they are going to work very hard to ensure that it is curtailed. He assured council that there is actually no cause for alarm”.

Fuel queues had emerged nationwide on Monday despite assurances from the NNPC that it has enough fuel to last throughout the yuletide period.

NNPC also assured that there was no plan to increase fuel price at depots and fuel stations.

In a statement, the corporation’s general manager, Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, said there was no plan to increase prices at the ex-depot level and pump price ahead of the forthcoming yuletide

Ughamadu said that the ex-depot petrol price of N133.38 per litre and pump price of N143/N145 per litre had not changed.

He assured the public that the corporation had enough stock of petroleum products to ensure seamless supply and distribution of products across the country, especially during the yuletide.

He urged motorists and other users of petroleum products to disregard trending rumours of an impending fuel price hike.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has alleged that BUA does not have a mining lease over the contentious site No. 2541ML, therefore, its mining activities there are illegal.

The Ministry said this in reaction to a recent letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Executive Chairman/CEO, BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, on the alleged acts of sabotage against BUA Cement operations by Dangote Group in connivance with top officials of the ministry.

This was contained in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, signed by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, Mohammed Abass titled ‘Our Position On BUA Group’s Misleading Publication.

The statement read “the attention of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has been drawn to a misleading publication signed by the Executive Chairman of the BUA Group Abdulsamad Rabiu, published in several newspapers as an open letter to the President and titled: “A cry for Help: Wanton Abuse of Power By a Serving Minister Geared at Sabotaging Operations of BUA Cement.”

It said the publication which is an unwarranted campaign of calumny against the Ministry and the office of the Minister, is nothing but an attempt by the cement company to blackmail the Ministry into granting a free pass for illegal operations.

The statement further stated that “In the records of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), the BUA Group, does not have a mining lease over the contentious site No. 2541ML. Therefore, its mining activities there are illegal.”

It stated that “The Ministry stands by the Stop Work Order issued to the BUA Group and signed by the Permanent Secretary, dated 17th October 2017.

“The letter was issued after  thorough investigation confirmed that the BUA Group was indeed engaging in illegal mining of marble/limestone at a mine pit located on Geographical Coordinates N070 21’ 47.4” E0060 26’ 51.8’, while the Run-of-Mine (ROM) is stockpiled at an area with geographical coordinates N070 21’ 48.4”; E0060 26’37.2”it read

The statement further revealed that clarification provided by the Mining Cadastre Office shows that the coordinates of the Mine pit and ROM stockpile area fall wholly within the area of mining Lease No 2541ML belonging to Messrs Dangote Industries Limited.

The statement recalled that the Ministry had earlier in 2015 issued a Stop Work Order on this same disputed site but the BUA Group disregarded the order and went ahead with its illegal mining activities, under heavy cover of armed soldiers, policemen and men of the Civil Defence Corps.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By YUSUF BABALOLA, LagosThe Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja yesterday said it intercepted 22 truckloads of foreign parboiled rice with 64 units of vehicles smuggled into the country from neighbouring countries.This was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Compt. Muhammed Uba Garba. The rice according to the CAC has a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N164million while the vehicles have a value of N1.3billion.He said, 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Muhammad Baba BusuThere is no doubt, policing is a complex job the world over. This is because every action the police personnel take at any point in time attracts different interpretations by different people.Police are also part of organizations in the world that have more enemies than friends. In fact, a friend to the police today may tomorrow become the enemy because of vested interest.The recent campaign in the social media calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SAR 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
BY CHIKA OKEKE, AbujaThe Ministry of Environment in Abuja was yesterday placed under lock and key asstaffs numbering over 200 embarked on a peaceful protest over non- payment of salaries of cleaners and security personnel serving in the ministry for the past six months.Theprotesters which LEADERSHIP learnt comprised of senior staff union from Grade Level 8 and upward also indicted the ministry for their failure to pay for repatriation and 1st 28 days since 2012.Part of their grievances was also 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
BY KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL, AbujaSpeakerof the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the Eight Houseof Representatives has passed a record number of bills and motions.He notedthat the achievement was only made possible through the contributions andcooperation of members of the House, and thanked them for their unwaveringsupport for his leadership.TheSpeaker who said this at a short ceremony where he was handed overthe NewTelegraph Newspapers Award for Public Service in 2017, whic 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
BY AHURAKA ISAH And SOLOMON AYADO, AbujaThe Senate Committee on Local Content has ordered the Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment and Management Service (NAPIMS) Mr. Roland Ewubare, to appear before the committee in the next 24 hours or risk the constitutional consequences of his shunning of invitation from the Senate.A statement signed by Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos South, APC)s media adviser, Kayode Odunaro, said the Senate Committee on Local Content gave the order when it 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, AbujaThe federal government has summoned Nigerias Charge D Affairs in Tripoli over the Libya slave trade scandal.Recall that last week It was reported that hundreds of people are being auctioned in modern day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400.Libya is the main transit hub for refugees and migrants attempting to reach southern Europe by sea. They are coming from countries like Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal, Sudan and Somalia.Speaking to 
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