Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 3 November, 2017.

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Two days after some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) reportedly expressed their readiness to give an automatic ticket to President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 election, there was a loud dissenting voice from one of them yesterday.

Differing with his colleagues, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha said that there would be no automatic ticket for Buhari in 2019 if he decided to re-contest.

Governor Okorocha’s position on the candidacy of President Buhari for the 2019 presidential election has reinforced fears that the entire APC structure is not united behind the re-election bid of the president. Okorocha spoke some two months after Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan had made similar remarks regarding Buhari and the 2019 presidential election.

The APC governors who rooted for an automatic ticket for the president in 2019 said he had performed well. The governors spoke on the sidelines of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

Reports had named Okorocha, Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Simon Lalong of Plateau State as those who endorsed the president for an automatic ticket.

The NEC of the party had deterred an informal motion to endorse the proposal.

But Okorocha told State House correspondents yesterday that though the president was democratically qualified to re-contest, he (Okorocha) and others would resist an imposition of his candidature on the APC.

Okorocha, who said he was at the villa to see the president on issues bordering on the politics in the South East zone, pointedly said there was nothing wrong with the calls for the president to seek re-election.

The Imo governor who is also the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, however, said there would be resistance to any attempt to impose Buhari as the party’s candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

The gentleman (Buhari) is looking much more handsome than even before he went to hospital; he is looking stronger and so, he has every right and qualification to re-contest, there is nothing wrong at all.

“But we don’t allow imposition of candidates, it must be democratically done. If President Buhari will lead the ship in 2019, it must be democratically done and I say democratically done, transparently to the amazement of the whole world, the way it will take place and the way we do our thing in APC.

“President Buhari is qualified constitutionally to run and the good thing is that he is in good health, stronger than he has ever been. I think the hospital he went to was a mere exercise to strengthen his nerves and bones,” he said.

On his visit, Okorocha ‎said: “I have come to see the president and to discuss politics as it affects the South East and APC and the way forward, and the politics of APC as it also concerns governance.

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The Senate is set to commence an investigation into an alleged $1.35 billion fraud in the power sector.

The upper chamber yesterday asked Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) to present a substantive motion on what it called a series of financial abuses in the sector, particularly since 2015.

Citing Order 42 of the Senate Standing Rule, Melaye had requested that he be allowed by the Senate to present a motion containing the details of how $1billion Eurobond raised in 2013 to fund key power projects was allegedly stolen.

He also asked that he be permitted to brief the Senate in detail how another $35 million set aside for Afam Fast Power Project was allegedly spent by officials of the Ministry of Power without appropriation and feasibility study.

The development portends two things: It is either the cold war between the Executive and Legislature is still lingering or the National Assembly has now fully come alive to its responsibilities of oversighting the activities of the Executive arm of government.

Melaye declared: “In July 2013, the Federal Government raised $1billion from Eurobond issue from which $350 million was given to NBET (Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc) in 2014. This money was stolen in instalments .”

The lawmaker further stated: “Sometime last year, again, the Ministry of Power came up with an idea of a project they called Afam Fast Power. This project is supposed to build new generating plants to add power to our grid.

“There are a few questions we need to ask and that is why I need the nod of the Senate to bring a substantive motion on the next legislative day.”

Melaye told his colleagues that “up till date, there is no detail on building new generating plants or a feasibility study. There is no appropriation by the National Assembly for these projects.

“The ministry has spent so far $35 million on the Afam Fast Power Project which has no appropriation or detailed feasibility study. How and when was this money appropriated? We need to find out. How was $29million purportedly paid to General Electric for turbines when $6 million was paid to others?”

According to Melaye, “We need the Senate to investigate this after moving a substantive motion. I ask this house to give us the opportunity to continue with the true anti-corruption fight of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
US bombers overflew the Korean peninsula Thursday as part of an exercise with Japanese and South Korean warplanes, the US Air Force said, days before President Donald Trump arrives in the region for a trip set to be dominated by the nuclear-armed North.

Tensions are high over Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and atomic programmes, which in recent months have seen it test ICBMs and carry out its sixth nuclear blast.

Flights by supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers in the area always infuriate North Korea, which condemned the drill as “blackmail” early Friday.

Two B-1B aircraft took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, and were joined west of Japan by Japan Air Self-Defense Force fighters, the US Pacific Air Force said in a statement.

“The Lancers then transited overland to Korea to integrate with Republic of Korea fighters in the Yellow Sea,” the statement read, adding that the aircraft later returned “to their respective home stations.”

The exercise was part of the “continuous bomber presence” mission in the Pacific and “was not in response to any current event,” the statement said.

The operation follows an October 10 “show of force” in which two Lancers staged the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have exchanged threats and personal insults in recent months — the US president has warned of “fire and fury” in response to Pyongyang’s threats, and the North’s KCNA news agency this week called him “incurably mentally deranged”.

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari will next week Tuesday present the 2018 budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki said this yesterday as he read a letter from the President officially informing the upper legislative chamber of the presentation of the fiscal appropriation bill.

The letter read in part: “In pursuant to Section 81 of the 1999 Constitution, may I crave the kind indulgence of the National Assembly to grant me the slot of 1400 hours on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, to formally address a joint session and lay before the NASS the 2018 budget proposal.”

However, the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has accused territory’s administration of receiving huge returns on investment without making returns to the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, the Senate Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan, has declared that the January to December calendar cycle for the country’s yearly budget is not sacrosanct.

Lawan, who stated this while speaking with State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa yesterday, said that what is more important is for the fiscal document to be implemented fully.

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau has declared that his administration would have to re-build the nation's track and field from the scratch saying... 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Excited by the perfect organisation, quality of play and thrills at the kick off of the second edition of the Bank Delta Principals Cup, sponsors, Zenith Bank has declared that the event will remain in their annual projects calendar. 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The annual beach soccer tournament organized by Kinetic Sports has disclosed that the Arsenal Beach Soccer team will feature in this year's event scheduled for December 8 to 10 at Eko Atlantic City. 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Apex Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the payment of pensions benefits to ex-Biafran police officers. 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Willie Obiano, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in Anambra's November 18 governorship election, has accused Dr. Tony Nwoye and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of destroying his billboards and posters. 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The founder and national chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has criticised persons rejecting holding of an election in Anambra, describing the position as illogical and unfortunate. 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
A new Islamic organization, Amal Mabruuk has debuted with a major focus of uplifting the wellbeing of the less privileged in the country. 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Igbo Muslims, under the aegis of Southeast Muslims Of Nigeria (SEMON) have decried what they describe as a seemingly coordinated neglect by the Federal Government and state leaderships of the Southeast geopolitical zone. 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime has said that the current law on cybercrime in Nigeria needs to be reviewed to meet the standard in developed countries. 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Depression increases the risk of an early death by up to three times, new research reveals. 
Naija Newspapers
Naija Newspapers

Naija Newspaper is a digital media distribution and review company focused on delivering Nigerian news across Nigerian audience. We are the biggest newspaper review company online; our value proposition is to be the all-in-one station for daily newspapers distributed in the country to various online audience. Our partnership includes and is not limited by the following Punch newspaper, Thisday online, Daily Sun Newspaper, Nigeria Tribune, BusinessDay, Leadershjip, Blue Print, Nigeria Guardian and Vanguard newspapers.