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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 4th February, 2018.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Several presidential aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently assessing how the Olusegun Obasanjo-inspired Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) might bolster their chances.

In this category are  former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and Alhaji Sule Lamido, The Nation gathered last night.

However, some PDP leaders and governors are angry with the former president for allegedly trying to lure into the CNM party members who are  aggrieved against the new leadership of the PDP headed by Prince Uche Secondus.

Multiple sources said the coalition is already plotting against 11 APC states to pave the way for any presidential candidate it might adopt, and may pick a one time National Chairman of the PDP, Colonel Ahmadu Ali, to lead it.

Apart from the likes of former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and ex-Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, no politician of note has openly identified with the CNM since it’s unveiling in Abuja on Wednesday.

Obasanjo, during his registration as a member of the coalition in Abeokuta on Thursday, said it was not yet a political party and that he would withdraw once it did.

It was gathered that some politicians who have an eye on the presidency in next year’s election are considering how they might profit from the coalition.

But they are waiting to see how it evolves and what influence it could wield.

Known friends of Obasanjo, including Ahmed Makarfi, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Sule Lamido are treading cautiously in their attitude to the CNM. 
Former Senate President, David Mark, is said not to be keen in joining forces with the  coalition.

Sources said he might drop his presidential ambition.

A source familiar with the situation said: “I can tell you that some APC governors like Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and PDP leaders, including presidential aspirants like ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Sule Lamido, Ibrahim Shekarau and others are really weighing options before pitching tent with the CNM whose direction is still confusing a year to an election.

“It is only Shekarau who has told Obasanjo that he cannot leave PDP under any circumstance for CNM. Obasanjo had invited Shekarau penultimate Wednesday to his place and the ex-governor spent a night with him.

“By Thursday morning, Shekarau made it clear that he would not be part of CNM no matter the bait.

“He however restated his respect for the ex-President. But he told Obasanjo his readiness to seek the presidential ticket of PDP and pleaded for the support of the statesman.

When contacted last night, a close source to Shekarau said: “Our principal will remain in PDP; he won’t be part of Obasanjo’s coalition at all.”

A trusted strategist of Kwankwaso also said: “In as much as Kwankwaso is in favour of a mass movement, he still prefers shifting base to a stronger party like PDP if President Muhammadu Buhari shows interest in APC presidential race. But Kwankwaso has no problem working with Obasanjo, who is his hero.”

A source in Atiku’s camp said: “Our focus right now is on PDP primaries. If there is need for alignment later with anyone or movement; when we get to the bridge, we will cross it. Don’t forget that APC was also a product of a mass movement and realignment; Atiku will never be opposed to such if it is desirable.”

A source in Makarfi’s group said: “We are expecting the PDP governors and leaders to appreciate the worth of our principal and concede the party’s presidential ticket to him.”

A strategist of Tambuwal said: “While we appreciate Obasanjo as a statesman, it is not yet time for politics or joining any movement.”

A reliable ally of Lamido said: “The ex-Governor of Jigawa State is a party man; he will stick to PDP no matter the outcome of PDP presidential primaries. In 2015, Obasanjo did his best to woo Lamido to APC but he refused. So, I don’t see him joining this movement. “

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Says he has abdicated responsibility to protect lives, properties ' Faults him on Senate testimony Police Inspector General, Idris Ibrahim, yesterday drew the ire of the Benue State Government over his Friday testimony in the Senate during which he blamed the herdsmen killings on the anti- open grazing laws in some states. The governmentRead MoreThe post Benue demands resignation of IG Idris over killings appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Ex-minister writes EFCC, says 'I'll be available on February 19th' ' Anti-corruption agency quizzes Sen. Nwaoboshi over N2.1b failed contracts, 30 undeclared accounts The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) appears to be running out of patience with former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, over an alleged N9.4billion curious contract involving her. The agency believesRead MoreThe post Alleged N9.4b contract: EFCC may declare Oduah wanted appeared first on The Nati 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
FG, UK exchange data on assets owned by Nigerians to get tax defaulters Britain is in the process of shutting its doors against public treasury looters from Nigerian and other parts of the world as a new law to clamp down on money laundering goes into effect. Officials estimate that around 90 billion ($127Read MoreThe post Britain to shut doors against Nigerian looters, others appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
An outbreak of Lassa fever has claimed nine persons in Ondo State. Besides, a total of 102 suspected cases of Lassa fever have been reported in eight local government areas of the state. Of these, 36 of the 79 cases with laboratory results have been confirmed. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed these yesterday in a broadcastRead MoreThe post Lassa fever kills nine in Ondo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Tora Olaiya is a model, actress and TV presenter on M-NET. In this interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, she talks about her daily routine filming for television, challenges and getting inspiration from her grandpa and uncle (Dr Victor Olaiya, high-life pioneer). How is life as a TV personality like' What is your typical day like' LifeRead MoreThe post TORA OLAIYA: Live, learn and love life to the fullest appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
A Nigerian living in South Africa haskilled two of his friendsafter a business deal involving the three went awry, the Nigerian Community in that country said yesterday. The suspect named simply as Sunday from Awgbu in Anambra State allegedly stabbed Ekweghiariri Chidi Isacc, 34, from Ehime in Isiala Mbano Local Government of Imo State andRead MoreThe post Nigerian stabs two friends to death in South Africa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Fourth Republic came into being in a profound crisis of the Nigerian post-colonial state. Otherwise known as the Obasanjo Settlement of 1998, it was designed to placate a major section of the country which felt aggrieved about the way Abiola's electoral victory was handled. But it was also designed to reassure another section thatRead MoreThe post Hegemonic Parties and their Discontents appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
DESPITE muffled warnings and apprehensions about the uncertain direction and future of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency, uncertainties exacerbated by his non-performing aides and ministers, there is no reason to think that the 2019 elections would not hold. Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo may have added to the apprehensions with the release of his merciless special statement againstRead MoreThe post Post-2019 Nigeria appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Following the increasing crime rate in Zamfara, the State Police Command yesterday issued a two-week ultimatum to bandits, unlawful groups and individuals in possession of fire arms, to surrender them. The ultimatum was contained in a statement in Gusau,the state capital, by the commands Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Shehu. The ultimatum will commence fromRead MoreThe post Zamfara police want illegal arms surrendered in 14 days appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Abubakar Bawa, the San Turaki Gashaka, is the Special Adviser on Political Matters to Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State. In this interview with Correspondent Fanen Ihyongo, he advances reasons why he is optimistic the governor will be reelected at the poll next year. HOW do you see Darius Ishaku's chances of getting re-elected inRead MoreThe post Why Taraba 'll return Ishaku in 2019 Bawa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
As the race to succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State gathers momentum, an aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ayoade Adewopo, has pledged to consolidate on the foundation laid by founding fathers of the state, especially in the agricultural sector, if elected governor of the state during this years governorship election thatRead MoreThe post 'Why I want to succeed Aregbesola' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Olusegun Abimbola is the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State. In this interview with our Correspondent, Oseheye Okwuofu , the explains the motive behind he decision of the Govenor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration to carry out the now controversial amendment of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration. DID the state envisage that the issue ofRead MoreThe post Ajimobi trying to balance history in Ibadan Attorney-General appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Since the Deputy-Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, declared intention to run for the governorship seat in 2019, there has been speculation that his decision may divide Governor Rochas Okorochas political family before the forthcoming election. Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, reports on the prospects and the fears LONG before he declared interest to contestRead MoreThe post 2019: Will Madumeres declaration divide Okorochas political family' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
LEADERS must exemplify integrity and earn the trust of their citizens through their everyday actions Marillyn Hewson. Nothing could have more succinctly captured the recent pronouncement and appointment of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari as Africas Anti-Corruption Champion by the highest socio-political organ in the continent, the African Union. The African Union (AU) during itsRead MoreThe post Corruption: Buhari takes on Africa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has told party supporters that the recounting of ballot papers ordered by the tribunal showed that he defeated Governor Godwin Obaseki. Pastor Ize-Iyamu who assured party supporters that the PDP would bounce back to power inRead MoreThe post Ballot recount shows I won governorship poll, says Ize-Iyamu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend joined members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and professional colleagues of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, in congratulating him on his 60th birthday, on February 4th ,2018. Buhari, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, felicitated withRead MoreThe post Buhari greets Otunba Adebayo at 60 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) will finally release list of candidates disqualified from contesting in the state's local government election on Monday, the Chairman of the Commission, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka has disclosed. To this end, KANSIEC has fixed February 10, 2018 for the conduct of local government election in the state. ProfessorRead MoreThe post Kano Council poll: List of disqualified candidates ready Monday appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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