Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Wednesday, 14 March, 2017.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the amendment passed by the National Assembly which changed the sequence of elections in the country.
The president cited constitutional reasons for his rejection in a letter he sent to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

The letter was read by the presiding officers at both chambers during yesterday’s session.
The letter tagged, ‘Presidential decision to withhold assent to the Electoral amendment bill 2018,’ gave three reasons for the president’s action.
These are: “ A. The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;
“B. The amendment to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;
“C. The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.”
To override the President, 2/3rd majority of both chambers of the National Assembly is required. 
Section 58(5) of the 1999 Constitution reads: “Where the President withholds his assent and the bill is again passed by each House by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the President shall not be required.”
While the 2/3rd of the Senate is 72, that of the House is 240. Since 1999, the National Assembly had only overruled the President once. It was during President Olusegun Obasanjo on the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).  
We’ll block override – Ndume 
Contacted, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) said any move to override the president would be thwarted, as it would amount to overriding the yearnings of the masses.
Ndume is a member of a pro- Buhari group that came up following the controversies that trailed the passage of the amendment to the electoral act. 
He said in a telephone interview with Daily Trust, “If they make any move to override the president we will block them. We are over 43 and more persons have indicated interest today. We are calling on our colleagues not to push the issue further because it is not in public interest.”
He said the amendment would double the cost of the conduct of the elections and expose Nigerians to associated risks.
“If the elections are conducted twice, the security implications would be less than when it is spread to three weeks as proposed by the bill,” he said.
But Ndume’s statement was faulted by a northern senator who claimed that they had more than the required 2/3rd to override the president.
 The lawmaker who objected to being named said the camp of Nudme had only 10 senators.
“The president will override because all those who are with Senator Abdullahi Adamu are 10. And it is a game of numbers. Those who are with the president in the Senate are now with Saraki because of the exigencies of the parliament,” he said.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
You have been in the spotlight recently. First you were removed as the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum (NSF) and now one of your colleagues has accused you of plotting Saraki’s removal. Why do you think they are after you?
To be honest with you, why they are after me should be answered by those you perceived are after me. As far I’m concerned, I respect everybody in the senate. As far I’m concerned, I have never dreamt wanting the position of the senate president or any other principal officer of the senate. If I had wanted the senate presidency, I was free to contest for it, but I wasn’t and that was why I didn’t.

Yes, I may not have supported Saraki’s emergence as the senate president because I wasn’t part of the circumstances that produced him; but in order to make for peace, I was talked to and we decided to let the sleeping dog lie. 
The leadership of the government, the presidency and the party didn’t fight when this thing happened under their watch, so I felt there was no point to fight to any ridiculous level. In this room that we are having this interview, people from outside the senate came wanting me to vie (for the Senate presidency) but I said no. In the end, people who wanted to make peace came and said we should give it a chance and we made it very possible to have peace and I have never changed my mind on that.
I have no problem with the senate president; I’m not looking for his seat but somehow he is a kind of guy who is operating by proxy, principle of proxy. You know he has errand boys who take it upon themselves to do the hatchet man’s. If there is anything that is going to happen and he feels it will be a bit hard to swallow, he will make sure he is not on the stage and he will have Ike Ekweremadu to do the dirty work for him.
The particular example you brought about NSF. This forum and the Southern Senators Forum (SSF) are informal fora. They are not in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and are not in the senate’s standing orders. NSF is an informal group. We meet on the basis that we have common interest as northerners, just as the southern senators meet. I became one with the exception of this Eighth Senate. I was not elected on the floor of the senate, nor do we do anything on the floor of the senate. We meet outside. I, as the chairman, will give notice of meeting and I don’t remember giving any notice for any meeting where the issue of my chairmanship was discussed; including my removal. But I felt I needed not to waste my precious time to begin to cry that I was removed as the chairman of the forum. Yes, I felt alright when I was made the chairman. 
But if the senate president and his deputy have problems with me and they believe the best way to contain me is to arrange one of their boys to remove me as the chairman of the forum, no problem.
What about the issue of the N70m reportedly swallowed by a monkey?
In order to give a dog a bad name, they now went to say that they had N70m that I mismanaged or whatever. The NSF, to the best of my knowledge, has never had N70m, at least not during my tenure that they purported it was mismanaged. We inherited something in the region of N62m/N63m that was declared by the out gone secretary of the forum who happens to be the present Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan. I didn’t touch one kobo until when we were going to Katsina for the NSF retreat. When we were going, we got the same guys to sign for the transport fares.
Every senator that attended was paid N250, 000 as allowance for his two days and everyone also got N150, 000 for return ticket. They got these and they signed. The remaining money was returned to Abuja and was paid back into the account.
You know, when you talk of money, everybody’s attention will be attracted. They did this to get attention, but this is just garbage, and for the allegation, it is up to them to prove. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ‎has assured Nigerians that it would be fair and transparent in choosing the party's presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections. 
The party also ‎flayed President Muhammadu Buhari for withholding assent to sequence of election bill as proposed by the National Assembly.

The opposition party in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday said ‎it was not afraid of the general polls, claiming that Nigerians had already rejected the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
"The PDP assures to provide all the members of our great party a level playing ground to choose a presidential candidate in a National Convention that promises to be open, free, fair, credible and transparent.
"We know that with the support of Nigerians, any candidate that emerges on our platform ahead of 2019 will clinically defeat President Buhari at the polls and lead our nation back to the path of progress, national cohesion and a vibrant economy.
‎"The PDP is not surprised that President Muhammadu Buhari withheld his assent to the legislation by the National Assembly, reordering the sequence of general elections in the country, particularly given the tendencies he has continued to display as a politician.
"The PDP believes in democracy and subscribes to all its tenets including the respect for the powers of the National Assembly to make laws and to amend such laws as occasion demands.
"In the light of this development, the PDP, and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians, now eagerly await the final decision of the National Assembly on this amendment.
"As a party, we are not afraid of the 2019 general elections because we know that Nigerians have already rejected President Buhari and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC)," The party said.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The United Progressives Party (UPP) on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari''s decline to assent to the electoral bill sent to him 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Senate on Tuesday said there was no date yet for the passage of the 2018 Budget. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari''s statement that he was not aware the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris didn''t fully relocate to Benue as he directed during the massacre in the state showed incompetence. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The youths, under the aegis of Younger Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (YSAPC), have called on Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to constitute a formidable team that will include them to help his reconciliation assignment. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission is considering burning unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before next years general elections.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Federal Government is set to elevate the status of local farmersin the country from subsistence to a commercially oriented farmingthrough its Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme PhaseI (ATASP-1) project. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
A development expert and the Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), Dr. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Abia State Governor, Dr. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Its not true - Agency spokesmanAn aviation expert and member of the Aviation Round Table (ART), Group Capt. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
With effect from March 17, 2018, All Arik Air Port Harcourt flights from Lagos will be operated from the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), yesterday in Port Harcourt, trained about 120 women drawn from the South South on entrepreneurship. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), yesterday, said Ilorin International Airport a total of 77,286 passengers were airlifted between January and December in 2017. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) under the Airport Excellence (APEX) in safety programme of Airport Council International (ACI-Africa) is to commence a safety review of the international airports in Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna and Enugu.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino with the team just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone with eight games left this season. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Serena Williams was beaten in straight sets by sister Venus in round three at Indian Wells to end her comeback after the birth of her child six months ago. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Arsenal are ready to sacrifice Alex Iwobi''s team mate Hector Bellerin to help fund their squad rebuilding plans. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Lobi Stars most experienced player, David Tyavkase has expressed happiness that his goal against Katsina United lifted his team to the top of the NPFL table. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Paul Casey capitalised on a late Patrick Reed error to claim a one-shot victory at the Valspar Championship, where Tiger Woods fell one stroke short. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes that it was a logical decision to leave Dele Ajiboye out of his latest Super Eagles squad despite his heroics during the African Nations Championship. 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has rolled out a timeline for the 10 participating National Sports Federations ahead of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia next month.
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