NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said governors have no right to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for 2019.

Tinubu said this to newsmen after he, in company with former governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, met with leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Rueben Fasoranti, behind closed doors, yesterday.

The meeting, which was also attended by Afenifere chieftains, including its Secretary General, Chief Sheinde Arogbofa, sources said, may not be unconnected with preparations for the 2019 general elections.

Tinubu arrived Akure by 12.00pm, yesterday, and he was received by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who was was accompanied by some APC stalwarts in the South West.

It was gathered that issues affecting the interest of Yoruba, in the 2019 general elections, were discussed at the meeting. Sources also said the meeting may be aimed at finding a common course for Yoruba leaders ahead of general polls.

Speaking with newsmen at the end of the closed door meeting, Tinubu said no governor can endorse Buhari for second term and that no governor has the right to appropriate the power of endorsement to him self.

He said president Buhari  is a man who believes in due process and rule of law, and added that due process will be followed in the choice of the party’s candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

However, he said no law would be violated if the National Executive Committee (NEC)  of the party and APC members endorse Buhari as the party’s sole candidate.

On why he visite Fasoranti, Tinubu said: “I have come to appreciate our father, Chief Fasoranti, and his leadership of Afenifere. He has been a worthy leader in Yorubaland.”

The meeting between Tinubu and Fasoranti  was the first, in over 10 years, as both leaders had parted ways since the birth of Afenifere Renewal Group allegedly influenced by Tinubu in 2003.


 
Tinubu had, on several occasions alleged Fasoranti fraternised with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. In 2014, when Fasoranti and Afenifere supported the National Political Reforms Conference organised by Jonathan, Tinubu and his political party were against the confab and allegedly worked against implementation of its (confab) report.

However, the meeting between the duo was reportedly facilitated by Chief Akande and some leaders of Afenifere.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has said there is no going back in the bid to effect the arrest of Ita Ekpeyong and Ayo Oke, former director-general of the Department of State Security (DSS) and former head of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), respectively.

Notwithstanding Tuesday’s failed attempt to arrest the duo for questioning and the resultant stand-off, Magu said he was not discouraged.

The EFCC boss who spoke after he attended the inauguration of the committee on recoveries by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, said the agency has concrete evidence against the former DSS and NIA heads.

He vowed that the law would take its course, noting that no one is above the law.

But when contacted, Ekpeyong declined to comment, as he said  the DSS was in a better position to speak on his aborted arrest by officials of the EFCC.

“I can’t comment on it now. Please, if you want anything, just ask my office. They will tell you whatever you want to hear,” Ekpeyong said.

There was confusion in Asokoro district, Abuja on Tuesday when armed guards of the NIA and DSS prevented officials of the EFCC from arresting their former bosses. It was reported that attempts by EFCC officials and policemen to arrest them were resisted by armed officials at their homes on Mamman Nasir Street in the Asokoro district of Abuja. The standoff caused panic and gridlock in the area.

Ekpeyong is being investigated for offences bordering on alleged theft and diversion of public funds in the arms deal saga involving former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) and other service chiefs who have since been arraigned, while Oke, who was recently sacked by President Buhari for allegedly stashing away N13 billion in an Ikoyi apartment is reported to have refused to honour invitations for over three weeks.

Meanwhile, the Senate has said it would investigate the incidents.

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The upper legislative chamber at its plenary on Tuesday, said it would set up an adhoc committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the face-off. The committee is expected to report back within two weeks.

It took the decision, following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Dino Melaye. He said the open face-off between the security agencies has embarrassed Nigeria before the international community.

“We are not here to say who is to blame. We have been embarrassed before the international community. That two sister agencies will engage in fisticuffs is a national embarrassment. Arrest and stoppage of arrests is bad. Mr. President, this is a recipe for national disaster,” Melaye said.

Deputy Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi called on President Buhari to call heads of security agencies to order.
 
“There has to be someone we can hold responsible when two brothers are fighting. The person that is supposed to be held responsible has not done anything, he is not doing his work. This is the first time we will see gross irresponsibility in government whereby there is no arbiter. No one to come in between two agencies that belong to only one person. The two agencies report to one person, the Presidency, and now we find them fighting on the pages of the newspapers. It’s a shame. We are calling on the president. He has to sit up. He should be up and doing; call these people to order,”Olujimi fired.

Olujimi’s position was countered by the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, who said President Buhari is still in charge. He however supported the position of his colleagues that the issue be investigated.

As the claim and counter-claim rage, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has flayed the clash, which it said was counter-productive to the fight against grand corruption.

In a statement signed by its deputy director Timothy Adewale, SERAP said preventing the arrest of Ekpeyong and Oke to answer the charges of corruption against them amounted to abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
After months of speculations, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will tomorrow register at his Jada 1 ward in Adamawa State, to begin his formal return to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This is expected to be followed with a formal defection on December 6, ahead of the party’s December 9 national convention, where he is also expected to be physically present.

Daily Sun also gathered exclusively that all formal arrangements had long been made to make his return to his former party seamless.

Part of the arrangements, it was learnt, was to hand the party machinery in the state over to his loyalists.

“And from the outcome of the congress we held about two weeks ago or so to elect state party officials, his men emerged the new party leaders in the state. If you recall, Dr. Ardo, a very strong member of the party in the state, protested what he termed ‘connivance’ of the national secretariat with Atiku to make his (Atiku) men take over the party in the state.  He made a lot of noise in the media over the issue. But did you hear anything?” one of sources in Adamawa queried.

Atiku’s return to the PDP is a confirmation of Daily Sun’s report of November 14, where it reported among others things that plans were on by the PDP to woo top All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains to its fold, as part of its strategies to sack the APC from the cenre in 2019.

Although Daily Sun could not readily ascertain if Atiku got any assurance from the party that he was going to get the party’s presidential ticket, handing him the party structure in the state was Atiku’s own way of ensuring that the events of January 2011 and December 2014 respectively, does not repeat itself, another source volunteered.

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Daily Sun recalls that in 2011, Atiku as a northern consensus candidate was not only defeated by Goodluck Jonathan in the PDP presidential primary election, he also lost all the delegates from Adamawa State to Jonathan.

Also in 2014, Atiku again lost Adamawa State delegates to President Muhammadu Buhari in the APC presidential primary, coming a distant third after Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, then Kano State governor.

Daily Sun further gathered that with Atiku’s formal return to the PDP, the dynamics within the ruling APC is also expected to change, as most of his loyalists currently in government and in the party are expected to join him in PDP in the days ahead.

Already, current Women Affairs Minister, Senator Aisha Alhasssan had long given Buhari notice that she would be backing Atiku in 2019. She is one of those expected to return to the PDP.

Also, Adamawa State governor, Senator Jibrilla Bindow, whose influence within the APC in the state has been effectively neutralised by both the Murtala Nyako and Buhari groups is expected to join Atiku too in the PDP in the months ahead.

But, a Deputy Director in the Atiku Media Office, Mr. Sola Sanni has dismissed the former vice president’s return to the PDP.


 
He told Daily Sun the story is just “the imagination of those concocting the story. This is not the first time we will hear of such stories. It’s simply not correct.”

Regardless, Adamawa PDP members are already agog in anticipation of Atiku’ s return to the party.

Although none of the party officials were unwilling to be quoted when contacted yesterday, the state PDP chairman, Ahmed Tahir Shehu told Daily Sun that they would be happy to see the former vice president return to the PDP.

“We have been mounting pressures on him (Atiku); we have sent delegations to him on a number of times, pleading with him to return.

So, we will be happy to have him back,” Shehu said.


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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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