Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Friday, 23 February, 2017.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, currently on a presidential assignment to resolve crisis within the party at various levels, has accused the national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, of undermining him.
Tinubu was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence-building efforts in the APC.  

However, in a seven-page letter to Odigie-Oyegun, Tinubu accused the party chairman of positioning himself in active opposition to the goal of resuscitating the party.
He also sent copies of his letter to President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.
He picked holes in the attitude of the party chairman to his request on status reports on state party chapters especially on Kogi and Kaduna States.
In the letter dated Wednesday and titled “Actions and Conduct Weakening the Party from within” Tinubu said Chief Odigie-Oyegun had acted in contravention of the meeting with the NWC and his promise to support the assignment presidential.
He said that the delay in not reporting a single state chapter threatened his assignment, stating that “I cannot overstate the imperatives of time in this regard just as I cannot overstate the need for cooperation and to work in accordance with the formal rules and ways of our party.”    
Tinubu, who recalled that the party national chairman told him during the meeting that Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna and Kogi remained the States with serious issues, said that he had expected “intense and detailed” cooperation from the Edo State-born politician.  
The former governor of Lagos State, therefore, faulted what he tagged the “hurried” inauguration of a caretaker committee in Kogi State.
Tinubu said, “In Kogi, you rushed to the state, to unilaterally inaugurate a new set of state officials, parallel to the officials already heading  the state chapter of the party.
“While this may place you in significant affinity with those parallel officials  you had picked, this machination suggests no improvement in the welfare of the party in Kogi State or at the national level.
“This usurpation of authority exacerbates conflict and confusion. It doesn’t resolve it. It is my understanding that the dissolution of the
duly constituted state executive and the hurried naming of the above mentioned group wasn’t approved by the NWC.
“This arrogation of power sets you at variance with members of the NWC as evidenced by the national publicity secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi statement condemning your improper and usual action.
“You had let this situation fester for months on end. Only when I was appointed to help resolve internal disputes and when you realized I might focus early on Kogi did you stir from your indifference and inaction.
“You could have wisely and prudently treated this matter before hand. By waiting to the last moment, your unilateral action was implemented in haste and unbalanced in thought. By creating a parallel body, you not only acted improperly, you grew a second problem from the stem where previously there had sprouted but one.”
The letter further read, “I am led to the inference that you have no intention of actually supporting my assignment. Instead, you apparently seek to undermine my mandate by engaging in dilatory tactics for the most part. 
“When forced to act, you do so in an arbitrary and capricious manner, without the counsel of other NWC members and without regard to our internal procedures.
“You may have personal qualms with me. That is your right as a human being. However, you have no such right as the chairman of the party. This party belongs to all of its members. You have no greater claim on it than any of the rest of us. 
“Whatever personal qualms you may have with me are secondary at this point. You have a moral and professional obligation as the party chairman to act in the party’s best interests. Your hurried and unilateral actions belie the important agency you hold for the party. 
“Thus, in furtherance of the assignment given to me by President Buhari, I request that you make available to me the status reports and all other pertinent information regarding the state chapters without further delay.
“If you continue to do so, I fear you may undermine the party in no small degree. You may well cause internal fractures and dissension difficult to repair yet visible to all. 
“I fear this can undermine our goodwill with the electorate and make the approaching challenges to the party materially difficult than they need to be. 
“As chairman of this party, you should not want this to be your legacy. As a member of this party from its inception, I don’t want this to happen to the party and I don’t want such an awful thing to be your legacy.”
When Daily Trust put calls to the APC national chairman yesterday to get his reaction to the letter from Tinubu, his phone indicated that he was receiving another call. 
The subsequent text message sent to him did not elicit reaction from him.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, said since “the letter was written to the chairman”, he could not “speak on it”. 
But speaking earlier yesterday when members of Adamawa State House of Assembly visited him to pass a vote of confidence in him, Chief Odigie-Oyegun thanked the state lawmakers for their solidarity and show of support for the President, Adamawa State governor and party executive at the state and national levels.
“In the last few months, I have had the fortune of having nothing but good news from Adamawa State. Your colleagues from the National Assembly have been here to visit and have indicated solidarity, loyalty.
“I thank you very much for the solidarity, we are proud of what you have achieved, we are proud of what you are doing and I will support that for people who deserve so much, we will make sure that we don’t stand in your way to greater heights, and we will do what is right to support you. Of course, the caveat is that the people who are responsible for your future are seeing what you are doing and reward you appropriately,” Odigie-Oyegun said this to a delegation led by the Speaker, Kabiru Mijinyawa.
Speaker Mijinyawa, in his remarks, said, “We bring warm greetings from the popular government and people of Adamawa state. It is a great pleasure for us members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly to be in your midst to deliver our solidarity message. “There is a tendency to have divisions and criticisms amongst ourselves at this crucial time. But most of the criticisms are not constructive and theyQ hold no weight. That is why today we are here to register and show our appreciation and support to our state executive, the governor of Adamawa state and the national executive of our great party led by our national chairman, Chief  Odigie-Oyegun.”

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, last night told governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he needs more time decide on his re-election in 2019.
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha disclosed this to State House reporters after the governors met with President Buhari last night at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.  

OKorocha said they all asked Buhari to run for second term in 2019 because of his performance. He said Buhari requested more time to decide and address the nation soon.
The meeting, which began at 8:45pm, held at the Conference Room inside the Office of the Wife of the President.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, were also in attendance.
The governors had last Friday met with Buhari at his country home of Daura in Katsina State, where they claimed to have merely condoled with the president over the loss of two members of his extended family.
Okorocha, who is chairman of the APC governors’ forum, had told journalists last week that the Daura meeting did not discuss 2019 elections.
Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The National Chairman of the National Action Council (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro, yesterday, in Ibadan, declared intention to lead his political party to contest the 2019 presidential election.
He said both the ruling APC and PDP have failed Nigerians.

Agoro who declared his ambition during a meeting with leaders of the party across the country, said he decided to join the race with a 21-point agenda to address series of socio-economic and political problems militating development in Nigeria.
He promised to ensure the principle of true federalism with each state being allowed to develop at her own pace, even as he said the oneness and unity of Nigeria would remain sacrosanct.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Federal, States and Local Governments yesterday shared the sum of N637.554bn being revenue for the month of January 2018.
This sum was about N20bn lower than the N655bn they shared in December 2017.

The Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun, while briefing newsmen yesterday after the monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), said  “There were significant increase in oil royalty and value added tax (VAT).
Represented at the meeting by the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, the minister, while giving the breakdown, she said the Federal Government received a total of N263.283 billion including VAT.
The state governments received a total of NN143.902 billion VAT inclusive, while the Local Government Councils got a total of N129.985 billion VAT inclusive.
The oil producing states received a total of N52.042 billion as 13 per cent derivation of mineral revenue from a total of N400.325 billion generated from crude oil sale for the month.
She said the total balance of money in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) stood at $2.317bn while the Excess Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) stood at $133 million.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The sack of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum (NSF) has created a crack among the lawmakers. 
Daily Trust reports that Adamu, a key opponent of the reordering of elections sequence, was sacked on Wednesday over allegation of financial mismanagement. His removal was announced in a letter by Senator Dino Melaye, the spokesperson of the NSF. 

At yesterday’s plenary, Senator Malam Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi) raised a point of order, saying Adamu’s removal did not follow due process. 
“I was not here yesterday (Wednesday), I saw it (news of removal) in the papers and television when you (Ike Ekweremadu) announced the removal of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as the leader of the Northern Senators Forum.
“Your Excellency, I come from the North and I am an active member of the Northern Senators Forum. At no time have we met and put to question any of the leaders of the forum.
“But it was brought to this place and it was announced; and some of our colleagues went to the press centre and made statements that referred to some of us as monkeys,” he said. 
Apparently referring to Senator Shehu Sani, Wakili, a retired customs officer, said the statement that the money of the NSF was swallowed by monkeys had breached on his privilege. 
“We are taking this political brinkmanship beyond the level we are supposed to take it. We are supposed to be wise men.
“The fact that I am not privy and the fact that the Northern Senators Forum was dragged, my privilege has been breached because nobody called me for a meeting. Senator Barau Jibrin, secretary of the forum, had never called a meeting. Senator Dino Melaye, the public relations officer of the forum, had never called for a meeting,” he said. 
He accused the Spokesperson of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger), of leading senators to address the press on NSF which he said was outside his schedule as senate spokesperson. 
“By this, I want to say that my privilege has been breached because my constituents and other concerned northerners have also expressed disgust that why are we trying to destroy our leadership. I want the senate to take judicial note of what I am saying,” he said. 
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, noted the point of order without taking any action. 
However, Senator Sabi faulted Wakili’s claim, saying, “Wakili made some comments alluding to the fact that as the spokesman of the senate, I led some people to the press centre. I want to make it categorically clear that as the spokesman of the senate, I have always tried to remain much focused on defending the institution of the senate. 
“I went to the media centre as part of my statutory responsibility to brief the senate press corps on happenings within the senate, of course I gave them brief on the various bills and specifically I also spoke on the bill I sponsored. 
“I made it very clear that I am not holding brief for the forum even though I am a member. I am here to speak for the senate; the clips are there, and if anybody has any information to the contrary, I challenge him to bring that clip out,” he said. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The PDP has asked the African Union (AU) to withdraw President Muhammadu Buharis title of anti-corruption champion which it conferred on him recently. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The National Working Committee of the ruling APC has constituted a three-man committee led by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Engr. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday, reiterated their stand that the INEC is doing everything possible to rig the 2019 general elections in favour of the ruling APC. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted a three-man committee led by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Engr. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was doing everything possible to rig the 2019 general elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) apologised to his colleagues over a statement that the reordering of election sequence was targeted at President Mohammadu Buhari.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
A 20-year-old man, Chukwudi Onoh, will have to convince an Ejigbo magistrates court in Lagos that he did not only rape a girl who has accused him of the crime, he also didnt record the act on video and had been blackmailing her with it. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced 27-year-old Tijjani Ahmed to three months imprisonment for stealing clothes valued at N24,000. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Three persons have lost their lives in two separate accidents which occurred a day apart on the Abuja-Lokoja road.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The last time Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe, a one-time powerful and influential businessman and politician made public appearance (at least the one witnessed by our correspondent) was at the Enugu State House of Assembly few years ago during a meeting of Igbo leaders and other groups in southern Nigeria. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Organic farming is the concept of growing crops without using artificial fertilisers, synthetic pesticides, and other synthetic treatments for plants. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
About 200 persons from Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State have benefited from a recent medical outreach organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC0. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
A House of Representatives adhoc panel has commenced probe into the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of Nigerias four refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The staff strength of banks in Nigeria rose by 19,493 in four years from 70,960 workers to 90, 453 workers, data analysed by Daily Trust has shown. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has challenged young Nigerian scientists on scientific and technological innovations in order to make the country a tech giant. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Defending champion and top seed Elina Svitolina toiled for more than two hours to reach the Dubai quarterfinals while second seed Garbine Muguruza had to wait until 2 am to complete her opening victory. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Leading Sports Merchandise giant in Africa, AFA Sports, has released a new team jersey for the senior male basketball Team, D Tigers. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has commended the performance of Plateau United, MFM and Akwa United in their continental fixtures and asked them to sustain the momentum as they move to the next stage in their respective competitions. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Oyinlomo Quadri, Serena Teluwo, Reya Holmes and Oiza Yakubu will lead the roll call of national junior players as the 3rd MP Tiger Tennis Championship holds from February 26 to March 3 at the National Stadium, Lagos. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has been accused of sidelining members of its technical committee when it comes to appointment of national team coaches. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018
A former president of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi has said by his recent acquittal by the Appeal Court, he has benefitted from President Muhammadu Buharis ongoing war against corruption.
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