NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [9th March, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 9th March, 2018.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Fresh crisis may be looming in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the national leadership is alleged to have perfected plans to amend the party’s constitution at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting slated for this month, in order to validate the tenure extension of its principal officers at all levels.

Consequently, some concerned leaders of the ruling party have vowed to reject the planned amendment, which according to them violates Article 13(3-4) of the APC Constitution and Section 223(1-2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

APC, at its last NEC meeting on February 27, had announced a 12-month extension for its elected and appointed executives at all levels of the party.

Citing Article 13 of the APC constitution, which empowers the NEC to carry out the functions of the convention, the party said NEC decided to extend the tenure of the current NWC members and other executive committees at various levels for another twelve months, starting from June 30, 2018.

It said the extension was done to prevent the likelihood of discord that might arise from a convention of the party in the run up to the 2019 elections.

But this was immediately challenged by the Zamfara State governor and other leaders of the party, who said the decision taken at the last NEC meeting was only a “mere expression of interest”.

He had cautioned that the tenure extension could only be achieved through an amendment of the party’s constitution by the National Convention of the APC.

However, one of the concerned leaders yesterday disclosed the plan to amend the party’s constitution at the next NEC meeting in an interview he granted THISDAY in confidence, warning against the decision, which he said will promote the reign of illegality and impunity in the ranks of the APC.

He also faulted the process by which the National Working Committee (NWC) under the chairmanship of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had set up the Constitution Amendment Committee led by the National Legal Adviser of the APC, Mr. Muiz Banire on January 25, 2017, noting that the process did not comply with Article 13(3-4) of the party’s constitution.

Article 13(4) of the APC Constitution empowers the NWC “to establish ad-hoc and/or standing committees of the party and appoint members to such committees”.

While Article 13(3) empowers the NEC “to ratify the type, nature and membership of the ad-hoc and/or standing committees to be set up by the National Working Committee”, a condition the source said the party leadership did not comply with.

Contingent on these provisions, the APC leader faulted the process that set up the constitution amendment committee in January last year, noting that the NWC constituted the committee without NEC’s ratification as provided in Article 13(3).

The APC leader further disclosed that the constitution amendment committee was meant to have submitted its report to the NEC meeting slated for October 31, 2017 but the meeting was postponed.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson has counselled Nigeria and other African countries not to forfeit their sovereignty when they accept loans from China, the continent’s biggest trading partner.

Tillerson, who spoke in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, thursday on the first leg of his African visit, said the U.S was not trying to keep Chinese dollars from the continent but it was important for African countries to consider the terms of the agreement and not forfeit their sovereignty.

Tillerson is using his first diplomatic trip to Africa to bolster security alliances on a continent increasingly turning to Beijing for aid and trade.

He may also seek to smoothen relations after U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly dismissed African nations as “shithole countries” in January.

Trump later denied making the comment.

“We are not in any way attempting to keep Chinese dollars from Africa,” Tillerson told a news conference in the Ethiopian capital.

“It is important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those agreements and not forfeit their sovereignty.”

The U.S. is the leading aid donor to Africa but China surpassed it as a trade partner in 2009.

Beijing has pumped billions into infrastructure projects, though critics have warned that the use of Chinese firms and labor undermines their value.

Tillerson said Chinese investments “do not bring significant job creation locally” and criticised how Beijing structures loans to African governments, reported the AFP.

If a government accepts a Chinese loan and “gets into trouble,” he said, it can “lose control of its own infrastructure or its own resources through default”. But he did not give specific examples.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was visiting Zimbabwe thursday, told reporters that it was inappropriate for Tillerson to criticise China’s relationship with African countries.

“It was not appropriate to criticise the relations of his hosts — when he was a guest there — with another country,” he said.

Earlier this week, Tillerson had criticised “China’s approach” to Africa which he said encouraged dependency through “opaque contracts” and “predatory loan practices”.

But the Chinese government on Tuesday dismissed the U.S. criticism of low interest loans to the continent on the grounds that it had driven some sub-Saharan African countries deeper into debt.

According to the Chinese government, Tillerson’s remark was “totally out of line with the truth”.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Mr. Geng Shuang said China hopes that other countries will do more good for Africa’s development and treat China-Africa cooperation in a fair and objective manner.

“Such remarks are totally out of line with the truth,” Geng told a news conference.

“The debt of some African countries is the result of long-term accumulation instead of a recent appearance. China is not the main creditor of African countries,” he said.

The spokesman said it was hard for Africa to realise industrialisation and modernisation without financial guarantees.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
There is more trouble in the offing for the ousted Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa, APC), as the Senate yesterday directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate allegations that he was involved in a plot to destabilise the Senate.

Adamu, a former Governor of Nassarawa State, was also accused of planning to trigger protests against the leadership of the Senate led ‎by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in order to get him impeached.

The accusations were levelled against the embattled lawmaker by Senator Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi, PDP), who claimed to have documentary evidence to support the allegations.

But in a swift reaction, Adamu denied the allegations, saying that Saraki was like a son to him.

Adamu was one of ten senators recently accused of being part of a plot by the presidency to impeach Saraki.

He was also vocal and openly criticised the recent amendment to the Electoral Act, which is proposing to change the sequencing of general elections in the country for the presidential polls to be conducted last, claiming that it was a pre-determined move to weaken President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 polls.

But in a push back by the Senate, his colleagues in the Northern Senators’ Forum removed him as chairman of the forum and accused him of not being able to account for N70 million in the coffers of the forum.

Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna, APC), who gave the expose, said the excuse given by Adamu was that the money went missing when monkeys invaded his farm.

No explanation was ever given as to why Adamu chose to keep N70 million at his farm.

Ogba, citing an order of personal explanation, said that the planned protests would involve civil society organisations, market women and others against Saraki and the Senate.

“In January, Senator Isah Hamman Misau made a revelation here that there was a plot to remove the Senate President and the entire leadership. Now, I have reliable information that some people are already planning to destabilise the Senate, including the leadership by organising demonstrations.

“I believe that all of us are leaders and none of us should do anything that will destabilise the country or the Senate. Anything that will destabilise our democracy, we should avoid it.

“If there is any issue at stake, you have the opportunity to raise it here. But not to go outside and start planning with civil society organisations, market women and others to lead protests against the leadership of the Senate,” he said.

Ogba called for investigations into the plot, adding that there was a telephone discussion between Adamu and others on the development.

“This is a very serious issue. When this issue was raised in January, we did not take it seriously. We must have to stand up and look into it. Waving it aside is not the best thing. If I have your permission, I want to lay the evidence in full,” he said.

Presiding, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu said all hands must be on deck to preserve the sanctity of the parliament.

“The difference between military, autocratic or any oppressive regime and a democracy is the parliament. Once you remove the parliament, you are going to have problems.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Jerry Gana Still in PDP, Says Niger Chapter 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Christians kick against renaming of road after president Seriki Adinoyi in Jos President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the commitment of the federal government to support and assist the peace-building agency of Plateau State Government to end the vicious cycle of violence in the state and lay the foundation for sustainable peace, enjoining other states of [] 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Jerry Gana Still in PDP, Says Niger Chapter 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Re: Ambodes Reputation on the Line 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Babatunde Fowler, has said the federal government is processing court documents that will allow it sell properties of companies which have been evading taxes. Speaking last Wednesday night on The Core, a Channels Television programme hosted by Kadaria Ahmed, Fowler said the N20 billion [] 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Playing Politics with Purpose 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Re: Ambodes Reputation on the Line 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Tinubu, Dickson fecilitate with vice president Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja with agency report Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo thursday in Abuja, marked his 61st birthday with a remark that he was gradually approaching the class of senior citizens, a level he said would place greater responsibilities on his shoulder. Osinbajo who did not initially seem to pay [] 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Says he won't honour legislature's invitation again Technical audit of plant ready in six weeks Iyobosa Uwugiaren and Sumaina Kasim in Abuja The face-off between the House of Representatives and the Ministry of Steel and Mines Development over the on-going process for the concessioning of Ajaokuta Steel Company may have taken a confrontational dimension as [] 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday described the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as the 'most corrupt'' in the history of the country, challenging women to aspire to all political offices in the country, including the presidency Secondus who stated this in Abuja at a [] 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Paul Obi in Abuja The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) thursday confronted the Senate and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over the comment credited to him that military coup d' etat is still possible in the country. According to the Director of Defence Information, Brig Gen John Agim, such comments do not in any way represent the [] 

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Admits doing business with the state govt Gboyega Akinsanmi Alpha Beta Consulting LLP thursday denied involvement in the collection and administration of the Land Use Charge for Lagos State contrary to reports that linked the firm with the enforcement of the state's newly reviewed Land Use Law, 2018. Alpha Beta, a breed of management, information [] 
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