NEWSPAPERS REVIEW: TOP HEADLINES THAT MADE THE FRONT PAGES THIS TUESDAY MORNING


PDP: Jonathan leads reconciliation team, Wike, Secondus visit George
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, in Abuja, began a subtle move to douse tension generated among members of the Peoples Democratic Party over the outcome of last Saturday’s national convention in Abuja.
The former President assembled a team of his loyalists, who it was gathered, would visit aggrieved aspirants with a view to appealling to them to forget about their grievances and work with the Uche Secondus-led members of the National Working Committee.

Damaging campaigns cost South West PDP chairmanship -Makarfi
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The immediate past Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has listed damaging campaigns and lack of consensus among aspirants from the South West zone as part of reasons the zone lost the chairmanship position of the party in the just concluded national convention in Abuja. This is even as the newly elected chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is running a broken party and a broken government, saying that the agenda of the new executive is to reclaim power from the APC come 2019. 

Ibadan Obas issue 21-day deposition notice to Olubadan
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A fresh twist was yesterday introduced to the crisis rocking the recent review of 1959 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration as the Ibadan Council of Obas issued a notice of dethronement to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I.

The Ibadan Council of Obas said they gave a 21-day ultimatum to Oba Adetunji to reconcile his activities with the provisions of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Review, otherwise they will pass a vote of no confidence in him.
The traditional rulers, who also form the kingmakers of Ibadanland, issued the ultimatum at a press conference held at the Mapo Hall, Ibadan, which was addressed by Otun Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, who is the next in rank to Olubadan.

Power: FG, OPS, others in talk to evacuate stranded 2,000MW
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Federal Government, yesterday, announced that it would collaborate with the organised private sector, comprising the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, and other Chambers of Commerce and Industry  to find means to evacuate the stranded 2,000 megawatts of electricity. Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this at the 22nd  monthly  Power  Sector Operators  meeting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, noting that, “We must locate where the need is to avoid wasting of power.

PDP national convention: South-west has lost nothing -Makarfi
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Former Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi has said the South-west geo-political has not lost out in the party in spite of its inability to produce the national chairman.
“No part of this country should feel they have lost anything. If you don’t get one thing, you will get another thing. What we want is the government, because that is where every part of this country will be adequately accommodated,” Makarfi said.
Five candidates from the region had withdrawn from the race and adopted Tunde Adeniran as their consensus candidate. Adeniran later emerged second in the exercise with 231 votes behind Secondus who polled 2,000 votes.

APC mustn't behave like PDP, Tinubu replies Okorocha
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has reiterated his stance on internal democracy as opposed to the idea of giving automatic tickets to aspirants.
He said his party must not behave like the Peoples Democratic Party, which, according to him, has a penchant for giving automatic tickets to its members.
Tinubu, however, said his position should not be misconstrued by the Governor Rochas Okorocha-APC governors’ forum, saying he believed that governors had an important role to play in the emergence of the party’s candidates.

APC will win 2019 election- South-South leaders insist
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
South-South leaders have commended the courage and patriotism of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, insisting the country’s ruling party will win the next general election. The leaders also came down hard on the suspended national deputy publicity secretary of APC, Mr. Timi Frank. The leaders said, “It is sad to note that rather than addressing the cogent issues raised by Oyegun, Timi Frank chose to attack the national chairman of the ruling party for his sincere views about the chances of APC in 2019 and the defection of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.” Chairman of South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry in a statement released in Asaba, berated Timi Frank for pushing the real issues aside and employing sentiments and blackmail to explain the defection of Atiku Abubakar to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

2017 Budget: FG Releases Another N750bn Capital Vote This Week
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The federal government will this week release another N750 billion capital vote from the 2017 budget to ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) for execution of capital projects in the country.
Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who disclosed this yesterday said the sum of N450 had been released for capital expenditures within the last five months of passage of the budget.


EFCC lacks powers to prosecute judges – Court
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lacks the powers to investigate and prosecute serving judicial officers, the Court of Appeal in Lagos ruled yesterday.
The court presided over by Justice Adejumo Obaseki held that judges can only be tried after their dismissal by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The court, however, said serving judges can be prosecuted for offences like murder, stealing, among others, committed outside the discharge of their duties. 
But once the offence was committed in the discharge of their duties, they must be investigated and tried by the NJC first, the court ruled.
Justice Obaseki was ruling on an appeal filed by Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa - a serving judge of the Federal High Court – who was arraigned by the EFCC for allegedly receiving $260,000 and N8.65 million gratifications to enrich himself as a judicial official.
Nganjiwa was arraigned on 14 - counts before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, presided by Justice Adedayo Akintoye, on June 23, 2017.
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