Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Friday, 9th March, 2017.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP, Ebonyi), yesterday, tendered evidence of the alleged plot by a former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, to destabilise the senate.
Adamu’s travails at the senate started last month when he led 10 senators to protest the change in the sequence of elections.

The former governor, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, was removed as the Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum (NSF) on February 21, over alleged financial misconduct.
Senator Ogba, yesterday, said, “There is a plan by some people in this senate, maybe under the leadership of my distinguished colleague, particularly Senator Abdullahi Adamu.”
Contacted through the telephone, Senator Adamu faulted the claim that he was plotting to cause confusion in the Senate, saying it was a wild allegation.
“For anybody to be trying to shut me down by alleging that I’m trying to destabilize the Senate, it is up to that person to prove it,” he said.
He said he would continue to stand against anything that he was not satisfied with based on the country’s constitution, rules of the Senate and his conviction.
Senator Ogba recalled in his submission that in January, Senator Hamma Misau had made a comment that there was a plan to remove the senate president and the Senate leadership.
“Now, I have reliable information that some people are already planning to destabilise the senate, including the senate leadership, by organising demonstration for which money is already exchanging hands. 
“I believe that all of us are leaders in this country and anybody who sees something that will destabilise the country or the senate, or even the democracy, should avoid it,” he said.
He said market women were being mobilised to storm the National Assembly to demonstrate against the leadership of the senate.
“Mr. President, I want this senate to investigate this matter properly. I have evidence to show what I’m saying. There is a telephone conversation going on which any other person can also print it out, between Senator Abdullahi Adamu and some other people,” he said.
Acting on Ogba’s allegations, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, referred the matter to the Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions Committee.
The committee was given two weeks to submit its report.
Ekweremadu said: “The difference between military, autocratic regime and any other oppressive regime is the parliament. Once we remove the parliament, there is going to be problem.
“In whatever we do, we must continue to preserve the sanctity of the parliament. I want to appeal again that anyone planning to destabilise this country is not doing us any good.”
Recall that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) was referred to the ethics committee over his comment that the change in elections sequence was targeted at President Buhari.
 The two weeks’ timeframe given to the panel to investigate the allegation elapsed on Wednesday. 
It was gathered that the committee, chaired by Sam Anyanwu (PDP, Imo), has not gone far on the assignment.
The first senator that was referred to the ethics committee in this senate is Mohammed Ali Ndume. He was suspended last year in March for six months. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
A Second Republic lawmaker, Dr Junaid Mohammed and the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, have joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The duo were sighted on Thursday in Abuja when the chairman of the SDP National Steering Committee, Professor Jerry Gana, who recently joined the party, presented new members of the National Working Committee (NWC).

According to the list of the NWC members read by Prof. Gana, Chief Olu Falae remained the SDP National Chairman, while Dr. Junaid Mohammed is National Vice Chairman, North-west.
The membership of the party’s NWC also includes Dr Abdul Ahmed Isiaq, Deputy National Chairman; Shehu Musa Gabam, National Secretary; Sen. Ebezezer Ikeyina, National Vice Chairman, South-east; Barrister Supo Sonibare, National Vice Chairman, South-west; and Sen. E.B Henshaw, National Vice chairman, South-south.         
Other NWC members are Barrister Joseph Abu, National Legal Adviser; Chief Nnamdi Clarkson, National Treasurer; Barrister Emeka Atuma, National Organising Secretary; Kehinde Ayoola, National Financial Secretary; Alh.Alfa Muhammed, Deputy National Publicity Secretary; Lady Maryam Batubu, Women Leader, and Comrade Stanley Nwaka; Youth Leader.
Mr Adakole Ijogi and Mr Akinbode Oluyemi are to serve in Communication Strategy Committee.
The SDP National Chairman, in his remarks, said the party was ready to fill the leadership vacuum and provide a serious government whose priority was the welfare of the people since Nigeria was in dire need of a political platform that would take her to the promised land.
Chief Falae, who said the party was in contact with various movement, expressed the readiness of the SDP to welcome everybody into its fold without discrimination.
“We are in dialogue with many of them and the dialogue is positive. You will hear more news. SDP is a very ambitious party. If all Nigerians decide to join SDP, I will welcome them all,” he said this when asked to clarify the insinuation going on that the SDP was the platform for Third Force Movement for 2019.
While reacting to a question that sought to know the reason why he left the PDP, Prof. Gana said, “when men and women of principles see good ideas, majority will flock into the movement. You can see with me Prof. Alkali, Prof. Tunde Adeniran. This will be an attraction. Many people are also contacting us.”
Gana, who is the chairman of the SDP National Steering Committee, said the party was still in transition period between now and April when it would hold its convention.
While stressing that the ideology of SDP was social democracy that placed emphasis on the welfare of the people who would transform the country, he said that the party would pursue the triumph of social justice and the nobility of human dignity among other good ideals which had been encapsulated in its manifesto that would soon be launched.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The youths in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday cautioned the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) over the elongation of the tenure of the incumbent leaders at all levels by one year.  
The APC NEC had extended the tenure of party officials at various levels by one year. The decision that gave Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led National Working Committee (NWC) one year tenure extension had divided the party.

Already, some party members had approached the court to contest the decision which they said usurped the function of the APC national convention.
The spokesperson for the group, Martyrs Obekpa, who addressed journalists after a closed door meeting held in Abuja, said a congress of the APC youths would be convened to state their position in order to ensure that the party they brought to power through their votes survived beyond 2019.  
Obekpa said the youths under the aegis of Forum of Young Stakeholders urged the party leaders to respect the constitution of the party over the tenure elongation issue.
He said the power to extend the tenure of party executives is vest with the convention and not the NEC according to the APC constitution.
He said, “On the issue of tenure elongation, there are divergent views. There are those for and against. We are still meeting and the general thing that can be taken from this tenure elongation is that the youths stand with what our constitution says. We do not want illegality in this party. We want to stand by all what we have worked and voted for in this constitution. Sneaking in any illegality will not be acceptable to the youths.
“Our consultation is continuing because it is not just a small fragment of the youths of this party that have met. Out consultation is wide and is across the nation and we have agreed to call a congress of the youths to state our position because this party must survive since we brought it into power by our votes.”
He said the forum, which also discussed the issue of constitution amendment in the APC, was not happy with the removal of youths in the party’s advisory committees at all levels.
According to him, the forum's consultation across the country shows that young people in the party are not being carried along.
Obekpa, however, voiced the youths’ readiness to support President Muhammadu Buhari beyond 2019.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Holding a high public office did not change Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as he remains humble and committed to performance, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Chief Bola Tinubu, said on Thursday. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, on Thursday asked the Voice of America (VOA) reporter, Malam Nasir Birnin-Yero, to write and demand the refund of his wife's ransom from the presidency. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has carpeted the Nigerian Senate for describing him as a threat to democracy, just as he urged the senators to be careful in making sweeping and derogatory statements when matters are brought before them. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Lagos State Government and the Nigerian military has issued a 48-hours ultimatum to all truck drivers to vacate the bridges in the metropolis or face sanction. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Hundreds of passengers were stranded at various bus terminus in Lagos on Thursday due to fuel shortage at Lagos BRT depots. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The chairman of FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Stephen Knabayi, has said the delay in implementing teachers promotion has been a major challenge for the union. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
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Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Police on Wednesday arraigned one Khalid Hussani in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on a count charge of receiving stolen armoured cable. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The director, department of development control, Alhaji Mukhtar Usman Galadima, has said the department now grants building plan approval within 90 days of receiving the application. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
A commercial driver, Jude Ugwu, 50, was on Tuesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court for allegedly inserting an unidentified substance inside the private part of his neighbours daughter.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Kebbi State Governor and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Rice and Wheat Production, Senator Atiku Bagudu has given assurance of President Muhammadu Buharis administration to ensure rice availability and affordability for all Nigerians. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi has said the federal government will only concession the Ajaokuta steel company when an independent and verifiable technical audit is completed to ascertain the level which the project is currently on. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
President of the Forum for Islamic Education and Welfare (FIEW), Ahaji Mobolaji Lawal, has said the Islamic financial system is an essential condition to bring more unbanked Nigerians into the financial system. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has urged electricity customers under the Nasarawa Region to improve on paying electricity bills from the current 45 per cent, just as it sensitised them on the safe use of electricity. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Benue State Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) has launched a special device, Smart Attendance Management Solution (SAMS), in order to check staff truancy and to improve revenue generation in the state. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Vandalisation of petroleum pipelines that transport petroleum products from the Kaduna Petrochemical and Refinery Company (KPRC) to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot in Gombe, has scuttled the smooth operation of the depot. 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on states in the South East to key into the Federal Governments plans on ease of doing business in order to develop the region economically.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Nigerias U20 Women Football Team, Falconets have been drawn in the same pool as perennial foes Germany, China and Haiti in Group D of the 9th FIFA U20 Womens World Cup taking place in France between 5th and 24th August 2018. 
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