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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 15 February, 2018.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The  proposed amendment of election sequence by the National Assembly caused uproar on the floor of the Senate yesterday.

Senators loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari and President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, disagreed sharply over the issue.

The House of Representatives had in its amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act, included Section 25(1) into the Act by reordering the sequence of the elections to start from that of the National Assembly, followed by governorship and State Assembly elections before the presidential election. This is against the sequence rolled out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), last year. 

The INEC sequence put presidential and National Assembly elections first before those of governorship and State Assembly.

But trouble started when the chairman of the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Suleiman Nazif, presented the Conference Committee Report on INEC Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

As soon as Nafiz concluded, Ovie Omo-Agege kicked. He raised a point of order and challenged the inclusion of Section 25(1) in the Electoral Act.

He quoted relevant sections of the constitution. He called for a head count of members present. He was, however, ruled out by Saraki who presided. 

Kabiru Gaya from Kano State raised a similar point of order. Like Omo-Agege, Gaya was ruled out of order by Saraki. Former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu, also raised his point of order. Saraki again overruled him.

Dino Melaye and other loyalists of Saraki, who were protesting and insisted on speaking, were equally overruled by Saraki.

After a heated debate, Saraki ruled in favour of the adoption of the conference committee report.

Saraki said while ruling on the issue: “We will come and go, but the institution will stay. We need to come up with laws that will build strong institutions.

“Let us not be personal about this. Let us behave like statesmen. We have procedures on some of these things. 

“There are many bills we have passed. If there are issues, there are mechanisms we can use to resolve them.

“I have allowed everybody to contribute. But I think we need to move to the next item in the Order Paper.”

Five minutes after the uproar on the floor of the Senate, some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stormed the Press Centre, where they briefed Senate correspondents.

Chairman of Northern Senators’ Forum (NSF), Adamu, said they were unhappy with the contents of the report. He claimed that the inclusion of Section 25(1) was targeted at Buhari.

He said the process was rushed. He also alleged that the copy of the report circulated did not carry the signature of the chairman and some members of the committee.

He said: “We are aggrieved with the process the so-called report was considered. It was rash. I spoke on the issue.

“I relied on some of the statues. We believe that the process was rushed. Yes, we may rely on existing statues of law. 

“The strategic importance of the bill does not need to be rushed. The report circulated was not signed by the chairman and co-chairman of the conference committee. So many members of the committee did not sign.

“We need to know why they did not sign. I believe that the content of the bill is not fair. We need to be fair.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
His resignation came barely a week after his party, the African National Congress (ANC), asked him to thrown in the towel following series of allegations, bordering on corruption and others. It also came on the eve of a no confidence vote his party planned to pass today.

Following Zuma’s resignation, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over from him as ANC leader last December, will assume office as acting president.

Announcing his resignation in a broadcast made hours after he declared he would not quit as president, Zuma said: ““I have to come to decision to resign with immediate effect.”

Saying his resignation was not over the threat on no confidence vote, Zuma said: “I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment … I will continue to serve the people of South Africa and the ANC. I will dedicate my life to continuing to work for the execution of the policies of our organisation.He also said no life should be lost in his name, insisting: “The ANC should never been divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.”

Earlier yesterday, a defiant Zuma told state broadcaster South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that he had been treated unfairly by the ANC, which had told him to resign by the end of yesterday after rejecting his request to stay in office for several more months.

He declared: “I’m being victimised here,” Zuma said, complaining that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, and other ANC leaders had not given him clear reasons about why he should go.

“I need to be furnished on what I’ve done.”

Zuma had survived previous motions against him, but this time he didn’t have the support of the ruling party’s leadership.

Meanwhile, yesterday, police raided the home of prominent business associates of Zuma who are accused of being at the center of corruption scandals that have infuriated the country, hurt the ANC’s popularity and weakened the economy.

An elite police unit entered the compound of the Gupta family, which has been accused of using its connections to the president to influence Cabinet appointments and win state contracts. The Guptas deny any wrongdoing. Several people were arrested during police operations, South African media reported.

The ANC was accelerating efforts to end the country’s political limbo and push through a power transition in one of Africa’s biggest economies. The party wants Zuma to end his second five-year term early so that it can build up support ahead of 2019 elections.

Ruling party leaders outlined a speedy timetable, with Ramaphosa set to be elected in parliament to succeed Zuma in time to deliver the delayed state of the nation address on Friday evening.

“We can no longer keep South Africa waiting,” said Paul Mashatile, the ANC’s treasurer general.

An opposition-sponsored motion of no confidence in Zuma had been scheduled for Feb. 22, but the ruling party joined opposition leaders in pushing for the date to be moved to this week in a rare show of unity among rival political factions.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
THE Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has praised The Sun for picking Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, a policeman killed in Owerri, Imo State capital while trying to prevent a bank robbery, as winner of the Nigerian Hero Award 2017, describing the gesture as a special encouragement for the police.

Speaking in Abuja, when a delegation visited to present a letter noti- fying him of the late Iboko’s award, Idris described The Sun as a newspaper, which has built a reputation of integrity.

He commended The Sun for Iboko’s award and for always promoting programmes and projects that enhance unity and security of the country.

Idris said: “I want to appreciate and thank The Sun for recognising this police officer who died in the course of his service to his fatherland. I believe this award shows the value you attach to the service of our police to the nation. I feel proud listening to you read out the reason the sergeant, who lost his life fighting to protect the lives of those in the bank and to stop the robbery, won the award.

“Sincerely, I want to thank The Sun. I want to thank your management for giving this award to a selfless Nigerian, like the sergeant.”

The IGP said the Nigerian Hero Award would encourage the police to continue to sacrifice for the security and peace of the nation, adding that the cardinal policy of his leadership was to protect every Nigerian.

“Obviously, the commitment of the Nigerian Police Force is to protect life and property and you know this officer sacrificed his life when he challenged a group of gangsters in a bank robbery. I believe that kind of commitment is what is required of every police officer in this country, to give his or her best at any given moment for the service of our fatherland,” Idris said.

The IGP urged The Sun to continue to work for the good of the country and to give voice to the downtrodden.

Earlier, the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, who was represented by the Bureau Chief, Nation’s Capital, Mr. Iheanacho Nwosu, explained that The Nigerian Hero category of The Sun Awards is conferred on a Nigerian who puts his or her life in danger to help or save another or who has performed a task considered to be heroic.

He disclosed that Board of Editors chose Iboko in recognition of the “remarkable bravery and courage he displayed while confronting an armed robbery gang in the course of duty, in which he lost his life.”

Osagie said: “Even in death, Mr. Chukwudi Iboko, the Police Sergeant who lost his life in the Owerri, Imo State, bank robbery early in the year (2017) comes through as a standout personality and a hero of our time.

“Iboko, who served at the Imo State Police Command, Owerri, was on guard duty at the Zenith Bank Plc branch in Owerri in February 2017 when the robbers struck. He was cut down brazenly alongside his colleague, Sergeant Sunday Agbo, when he determinedly confronted the thieves.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Mr. Akin Osuntokun served as Political Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo. In this interview, the former Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the refusal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to cede its chairmanship to the south-west will hurt in the 2019 elections. Osuntokun who is currently the Director, Media and Communication of the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo-led National Coalition, claimed that the nation is a bad shape.

 You have been quiet over recent political happenings. Is it an acceptance of the state of affairs? 

 No, I have been talking. In fact I had interviews with some journalists on the state of the nation. I don’t know where people got their optimism that President Buhari would do magic. He told Muslims to vote for Muslim and that kind of context emphasised his shortcomings.

 But no one has been able to provide evidence…

 It was at an event in Sokoto State. He said they should vote for someone who will defend their faith. Did he also deny what he said about Boko Haram? It was in the context of his bitterness with Obasanjo. In fact, it was the bitterness that made him to mount the pulpit. 

 But President Jonathan’s people also said that Christians should vote for Christians. Why did people not complain?

 I don’t believe in the concept of Christian justifying why they should vote for their person. Jonathan has gone and he has failed for whatever reason. So let us apply the same yardstick to President Muhammadu Buhari. We should hold him responsible for some of the things happening in the country. 

If President Buhari is alleged to have supported Boko Haram, has he not also fought the insurgency single-mindedly since he took over?

 I don’t know the full story of Boko Haram. But look at what he is doing with the Fulani herdsmen menace. They are murdering people recklessly. Is it not suspicious? Even when they are killing people, he seems to be condoning it. As we speak, he has not visited victims of family in Benue. He has been trying to minimise the enormity of what the Fulani herdsmen are doing. That is why the allegations against him are credible. If he was somebody who was known to be nationalistic before now, it would have been difficult for things to stick on him. Rather than changing the narrative, he is even confirming it. Look at the security architecture of the country; when in the history of the country have we ever heard that all the security heads of the country came from a particular region? 

 Some people have also justified that we are having the worst challenges from that part of the country…

 So are you saying that no other Nigerian can do the job other than those who come from the north? If that is the case, why don’t we allow state police?  If you are saying that it is one people from an area who can do the job effectively, then let us apply it all round. Or is he the only president Nigeria has ever had? Did Obasanjo need to bring people from the south-west to be in charge of security agencies to attack OPC? What kind of injustice is that? Or did Jonathan employ people from the south-south to head security agencies? This kind of argument is gross and lame. You cannot be talking about national unity and you are appointing your own people. That means he does not trust others. On what basis did he measure trust?  It takes two to tango. He needs to reach out to other tribes. This kind of attitude alienates people. People react to love and hate. If you show love to people, they will show you love. If you show hate, same will you get. I am not from Benue. But look at what the Fulani are doing to them. Look at the governor. He was somebody who was dedicated to the APC before. He has been turned into a radical now. That is when you will know the extent of what we are talking about. Can that kind of person respect the party again?  It is a sad commentary. 

 What is your take on the Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari? 

 One thing you must understand is that Obasanjo is no more running the day-to-day affairs of the country. He does not have the power to have anything done in this country. I cannot direct myself to Buhari. Whether you agree with Obasanjo or not, he has spoken. By the way, what has he said that Nigerians have not said? He just echoed the sentiment in Nigeria. We have no decision to take on Obasanjo because he is now a private citizen. But as far as Nigeria is concerned, which you and I are citizens, and our welfare is at stake, the one who is responsible is President Buhari. So, I am yet to see any Nigerian president that would do better than Obasanjo. I am not saying that he was a fantastic president. But I have not seen any president who is better than him. He dealt with OPC and instructed any person parading himself as a member to be shot on sight. Is he not a Yoruba man? Do you think it didn’t cost him?  But that is leadership? There is no basis for comparing the two of them. Has President Buhari done that with the Fulani herdsmen?  Obasanjo’s presidency was like a national rainbow. On a daily basis, you see people from different tribes on the dining table with him discussing national issues. He fostered the spirit of brotherhood. 

 Is it not ironical, Buhari that hasn’t done well according to some Nigerians, gets African Union’s award on the fight against corruption?

 I have no issue with AU giving President Buhari an award. Look at the way he is handling the issue of Ibrahim Magu and the senate. As we speak, Ibrahim Magu has not been confirmed because somebody who works for Buhari also said that he is not clean. He has not been confirmed as the chairman of the commission and he is still there because he works for Buhari. Is that how a government should be?  Is it me or Obasanjo who created that? The Attorney-General of the country wrote to the senate not to probe a fugitive, Maina, after the debacle of smuggling in. There was a mess all over the place. The man absconded. The senate wanted to take over the matter, AGF went to court to stop it. If you need the AU to make up your mind, that is up to you. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Paul Osuyi, Asaba GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State may not have a tough battle to secure the ticket 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Okwe Obi, Abuja Satumari Kudla is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In 2015 he contested 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja The Kogi State Director- General of Information, Grassroot Mobilisationand 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Brown Chimezie Eze Michael Ezekwobi is the Royal father of Governor Willie Obiano Support Group, Lagos 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
As minister rules out windfall in petroleum price An ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives 

NANF drags English FA to court over $10bn betting revenue
Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Joe Apu The National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) has dragged the English Football Association 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The recent admittance by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Bimbola Oyesola The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday suspended the 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The board of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) yesterday were full of thanks to Lagos State Governor, 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
MONICA IHEAKAM Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh and his Dutch Club Fortuna Sittard are trading 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Samuel Bello, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday disclosed that Consumer Price Index 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Barcelona's attempts to help big money signing Ousmane Dembele settle in Spain have extended to them 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has kicked against the National Information Technology Development Agency 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Court of Appeal in London yesterday ruled that two Nigerian communities cannot press for damages 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Ighodalo Isiramen Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa says he is understudying the ball movement 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Delta Air Lines flight 55 which left the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos at about 10.50pm 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
National President of Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria ,Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna has charged all the participating 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Louis Ibah The Nigerian Accident and Investigation Bureau (AIB) says it has taken possession of Delta 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The city of Akure, Ondo State would on February 27 come alive with the game of weightlifting courtesy 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Chinwendu Obienyi Equities trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), yesterday, rebounded 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Tinubu laments party's loss of goodwill Romanus Ugwu, Abuja National Chairman of the All Progressives 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Joe Apu The first edition of the annual FOC West Boat Race ended in Lagos over the weekend with the Flag 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Chinwendu Obienyi The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Pensioners has threatened to embark, on hunger 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The schools taking part in the last eight stage of the Zenith Bank sponsored Principals Cup competition 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
On the back of relative improvement in system liquidity amid inflow from the N47.12 billion coupon payment 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has resolved to nominate a team to 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
APC cannot win election again 'Dickson Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The House of Representatives has passed for Second Reading, a bill seeking to prohibit 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Linus Oota, Lafia At least two first class students of the Federal University, Lafia, capital of Nasarawa 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri No fewer than 156 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed and 3,475 civilian 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Tony John, Port Harcourt Security operatives have killed Augustine Agulegbu, the chief security officer 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
After a prolonged ride on the high horse, the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have finally eaten 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
As the parties get into their strategic storehouses in search of what they can fish out to weather 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
It did not start today, not even yesterday. It has lasted well over a century now. We were intentionally 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Truly speaking your disabled back needs proper expertise and the soothing hands of skilled physiotherapist. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
My first baptism with hepatitis in pregnancy was an encounter with a patient that had bleeding post delivery, 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
When opinions are formed on a national issue, oftentimes those in opposition that have perceived negativethinkingcould 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
As a travel journalist, one major area of this call is reporting the tourism value chain in natural resources 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Mathematics was invented when language was found to be too imprecise for storing and conveying ideas. 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Most African immigrants in America generally agree that their children need to have a functional knowledge 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Tayo Ogunbiyi The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's early plays. It is his shortest 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The National Assembly's Conference Committee on the Amendment of the Electoral Act has completed its 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Egbo Mon Charles Writing on Ethnicity and Stolen Opportunities in Public Service: Anti-corruption, Where 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
NZE NWABUEZE AKABOGU THE most recent political development in Kenya is obviously worrisome and clearly 

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