Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 14 December, 2017.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Barely one week after its national elective convention, fresh crisis is brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the outcome of last Saturday’s election.

Not satisfied with the election of the party’s national executive, some aggrieved candidates and stakeholders have threatened to form a parallel National Working Committee (NWC).

Despite ongoing post conventions reconciliation process, the aggrieved candidates, who rejected the results arising from the election at the national convention, are demanding the immediate release of what they called the authentic results of the actual votes cast by delegates at the convention.

They called on the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) to ensure the immediate execution of the demands by convening an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting within seven days from December 12, 2019.

They further threatened to announce the correct results from the convention and inaugurate what they called the authentic NWC of the party should the BoT fail to attend to their demands.

This is contained in a statement signed by the candidates and stakeholders namely Prince Obi-Nwosu Emmanuel, Hassan Adamu, Chief Dr Godwin Chinedu Duru, Comrade Edede Franklyn Maduabuchi and Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar.

Two, out of the five signatories of the statement, Chief Godwin Chinedu Duru and Comrade Edede Franklyn Maduabuchi contested for the positions of national organising secretary and national youth leader respectively at the convention.

Already, the post-convention reconciliation committee of the party, led by Bayelsa State governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, has started meeting the aggrieved candidates.

The committee has so far met some of the chairmanship aspirants, including former Minister of Education, Prof Tunde Adeniran; former deputy national chairman, Chief Bode George, among others.

The statement by the aggrieved candidates, which was made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday noted: “Sequel to the 9th December Elective National Convention held at Eagles Square, Abuja: “1) We the concerned candidates and stakeholders hereby reject in totality the results released at the 9th December 2017 National Elective Convention instead of the true results.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The federal government hinted yesterday that it is seeking an amendment to the Deep Offshore Petroleum act.

The non-implementation of the said Act has resulted in loss of revenue to the tune of $21 billion since the past 24 years.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to Kachikwu, FEC directed that he should work together with the Attorney General of the Federation Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to amend section 15 of the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) of the Deep Offshore Act.

The Deep Offshore Act provides that once the price of crude exceeds $20 per barrel, the government will take steps to ensure that premium element is distributed at an agreed premium level for the federal government.

Kachikwu regretted, however, that since the Act was enacted in 1993, government had failed to enforce it, leading to the loss of about $21 billion dollars that would have accrued to it.

He said, “The first and most substantial for me is the decision to work with the Attorney General to amend section 15 of the PSC of the Deep Offshore Act. Under the Act, there was a provision in 1993 that once the price of crude exceeds $20 per barrel, the government will take steps to ensure that that premium element is then distributed at an agreed premium level for the federal government so that we get more for our oil.

“But over the last 20 years, nothing really was done. From 1993 to now, cumulatively, we have lost a total of $21 billion just because government did not act. We did not exercise it. In 2013 there was a notice to oil companies that we were going to do this but we didn’t follow through in terms of going to council to get approval

“One of the things we’ve worked on very hard over the last 20 years is to get that amendment because once we do, the net effect for us is close to $2 billion extra revenue for the federation”.

On whether it would be possible to draw back on the loss, the minister said, “I doubt it for the simple reason that the provisions of the JOA on section 15 is that government would need to do something, which is what we have just done today. If it is not done then the oil companies are operating within the realms of what the law is.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has disclosed that banking sector credit to private sector increased by 0.7 per cent to N15.83 trillion in third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

In the second quarter of 2017, the Bureau had disclosed that banking sector credit to private sector stood at N15.71 trillion and N16 trillion in first quarter of 2017.

The Bureau, in its latest report on ‘Sectorial Breakdown of Credit, ePayment Channels, Deposits & Domestic Credit Breakdown and Staff Strength’, said banks were lending to agriculture, industry and services sectors.

The NBS report noted that banks’ lending to Agriculture sector continued to drop, while banking investment in the Oil & Gas increased significantly this year.

According to NBS report released yesterday,  banking sector credit to agricultural sector dropped by 1.9 per cent to N491.5 billion in third quarter of 2017 from N501.1 billion reported in second quarter of 2017.

Also, banking sector credit to the power sector (industry) slumped by 1.5 per cent to N459 billion in third quarter of 2017 as against N466 billion in second quarter of 2016, while banking sector credit to services dropped by 1.75 per cent to N296.87 billion from N302.18 billion in the second quarter of 2017.

Banking sector lending to the Oil & Gas sector (services and Industry) hit N4.68 trillion as global oil prices continued to recover in 2017.

The Bureau stated that banking sector credit to the Oil & Gas industry sector was at N3.54 trillion in third quarter of 2017 from N3.5 trillion in second quarter of 2016, while Oil & Gas services rose by 4.7 per cent to N1.14 trillion from N1.09 trillion in the second quarter of 2017.

NBS in the report noted that: “Oil & Gas and Manufacturing sectors got credit allocation of N3.54trillion and N2.27 trillion to record the highest credit allocation in the period under review”.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The African People’s Party, has asked the Anambra State governorship electoral tribunal to quash the victory of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State   at the just concluded governorship election in the state.

In a petition filed before the Tribunal dated 7th December, 2017 with reference no EPT/AN/Gov/01/2017, the party is seeking to nullify the election and an order for fresh election over allegations of substantial noncompliance with the Electoral Act.

This is just as it has hired top US forensic expert, Joe Mackenzie and 4 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) to prosecute its case.

African Peoples Party is alleging multiple thumb printing of ballot papers, false accreditations, manipulations, bribery of electoral officers, adoption of corrupt practices multiple voting as well as over voting.

Joined in the suit are Mr Willie Obiano, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondent respectively.

The party, in a statement issued by its Legal adviser, described Governor Obiano’s government as a caretaker government and further advised him not to celebrate yet as the battle to give Anambrarians a chance to choose their genuine leader.

“During the election , there were cases of snatching and stuffing of ballot  boxes cum results by thugs/agents of the 1st and 2nd respondents and that the 3rd respondent through its agents who served as Electoral officers , supervisory officers , presiding officers and assistant presiding officers, herein referred to as election officials , connived with the 1st and second respondents through its agents, cronies and thugs to thereby admitted and recorded the illegality obtained election results from the grossly mutilated results sheets , contrary to the electoral act” the petition stated in part.

I Have No Plans To Replace Osinbajo, Says Tinubu
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has put a lie to a speculation that he may be picked by President Muhammadu Buhari as his running mate in 2019, describing the report as  a “classic case of utterly and irredeemably-fake news.”

Tinubu, in a statement issued by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, said he and the people of the South West have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job Prof Yemi Osinbajo is doing as Vice President of Nigeria.

A national daily, not LEADERSHIP, had reported, yesterday, that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was considering returning to full church work and that Tinubu was being mooted as a replacement for him,  “as a way to have a solid South West support for the APC in the face of a South East/South South alliance in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

The statement reads, “The attention of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Media Office has been drawn to the front page lead story of The SUN newspaper of yesterday, December 13, 2017, which sensationally and ridiculously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari may pick Asiwaju Tinubu as his running mate for the 2019 election. This is a classic case of utterly and irredeemably fake news.

“There is no empirical or logical basis for this mischievously speculative story. Is it even conceivable, as the story recklessly insinuates, that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would be considering returning to full church work rather than run with his boss, President Buhari for a second term if the latter so decides without as much as discussing such a sensitive issue with his party and with Asiwaju Tinubu? In any case, is this story not entirely unwarranted and indefensible as the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket has an electoral mandate of four years out of which it has spent only two and a half years?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Some yet to be identified gunmen have attacked the Karshi, Abuja farmhouse of the acting chairman of the Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), ‎Ibrahim Magu and killed a police sergeant.

The gunmen, whose motive is still unknown, reportedly broke into the house around 10pm on Tuesday, and killed the policeman after opening fire on the policemen on duty.

This attack is coming after Magu had on Monday, while marking international anti-corruption day,  ‎said the anti-graft war is a do or die affair.

According to him, ‎“For us as a country, the fight against corruption is a ‘do or die’ affair; we have to win the battle or die trying.

“The fight against corruption is now a war in which there is a clear line between forces of evil and those of good; between agents of progress and reactionary elements who mean no good.”

When the FCT police spokesperson, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, was called to confirm the story, he pleaded for more time to confirm the story.

According to him, “Please, give me time to make some findings about this.”

Confirming the incident, the EFCC spokesperson,  Wilson Uwujaren, said there was an attack on the property of Magu, which unfortunately resulted in the death of a security official.

“The property, a farmhouse located in Karshi, a suburb of Abuja was attacked by unknown gunmen at about 10pm on December 12, 2017 .

“The unidentified men murdered a police sergeant on duty. The incident was the second such attack on the same farmhouse.

“While the commission will not speculate on the motives for the attack or the sponsors,   it wishes to state that the EFCC under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu will not be deterred in its mission of ridding Nigeria of corruption,” he said.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
A middle aged man, Yahaya Umar was yesterday sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by Borno State High Court no. 11, for raping a 13 year old Hajja Ibrahim, an Internally Displaced Person ( IDP) from Abaganaram IDPs camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

According to the charge read by the clerk of the court, the convict, Yaya Umar lured the victim to one Rainbow Hotel in Maiduguri and had forceful sexual intercourse with her.

The charge reads, “That you Yahaya Umar (male), on or about 21st September 2016 at about 1900 hours at railway quarters Maiduguri , within the jurisdiction of this honourable court committed rape on one Hajja Ibrahim of IDPs camp Abaganaram primary school , in that you forcefully had sexual intercourse with her and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 283 of the penal code laws of Borno State.”

In order to prove its case , prosecution brought five witnesses to testify and some exhibits were tendered in evidence. Counsel for the defence equally called the accused to testify for his defence. Both counsels waived their rights to address the court.  All the testimonies of witnesses as well as the defence were examined by the trial Judge, Justice Alkali Wakkil Gana.

In his ruling after the testimonies, Justice Gana found the accused guilty of the offence and sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment.

Justice Gana said, “I believe the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses . They impressed me as witness of truth. Accused person in his defence stated that the victim wanted a place to stay hence he took her to his house and harboured her until the following day.

“You can tell this type of information to the marines. It is a matter of common knowledge that there is curfew in Maiduguri and everybody is expected to be at home before 10pm.

“The court is at loss why the accused person should carry the young girl to his house. He is not a truthful witness. I have watched his demeanor in the witness box. He did not impress me as witness of truth.”

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
BY OSA OKHOMINA, YenagoaThere is an unusual silence in Bayelsa State following the explosion at an illegal refinery camp in Kolo Creek area of Ogbia local government area of the state, killing over 20 persons and injures others.LEADERSHIP gathered that though the source of the explosion at the illegal refinery camp cannot be confirmed, a member of the Ebelebiri and Otuogwe communities told leadership that a fire from a cooking stove by the food vendor in the camp ignited an explosion.Indigenes o 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
BY NNAMDI MBAWIKE, EnuguIn the spirit of Christmas, Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has offered free transportation for indigenes of the state residing in other parts of Nigeria, who intend to return home to celebrate the festive season with their loved ones.Announcing the welfare package, the managing director, Enugu State Transport Company (ENTRACO), Mr Bob Itanyi, stated that the gesture was borne out of Governor Ugwuanys magnanimity and enduring resolve to ameliorate the sufferings o 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Ahuraka Isah, AbujaSenate yesterday urged the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) to be steadfast in order to mitigate humanitarian crisis ravaging the zone.This is just as the PCNI vice chairman, Alhaji Tijjani Musa Timsah, has decried the worsening financial condition frustrating the mandate of the body.Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator AbdulAziz Murtala Nyako, told reporters that although members of his committee were satisfied with PCNIs activiti 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been named head of a 4-man panel to unravel the issues behind the slip that led to Nigeria forfeiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Algeria in Constantine on 10th November, 2017.The concluding match of Group B of the African series for Russia 2018 ended in a 1-1 draw, but FIFA on Tuesday awarded all three points to Algeria following Nigerias use of ineligible defender Abdullahi Shehu in the e 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has re-affirmed the federal governments commitment to sports development in the country.The President made the remark while declaring open the 1st session of the African Union Sports Council (Region 2) ministers meeting today, at the ECOWAS Parliament, Abuja.He said the purpose of the meeting affirmed the seriousness that African nations and other stakeholders attached to sports on the continent.I congratulate the African Union Commission for going the extra mile by gi 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Uzoma EzenwaIn Nigeria, corruption is worst than cancer, it is a monster that has been consuming all that crosses its part.Jose Uqaz, the Chair of Transparency International, while presenting the 2016 Corruption Perception Index said: in too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity. Uqaz must definitely have Nigeria in mind; a country with great pot 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
South African High Court yesterday ordered President Jacob Zuma for an attempt to block an inquiry into claims of influence-peddling in his government, describing the lawsuit he filed as an abuse of the judicial process.In the latest in a series of judicial blows to Zumas scandal-tinged administration, High Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said Zuma should be held personally liable for the costs of the court challenge.The judicial inquiry was recommended a year ago in a report by the Public 
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