NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 JANUARY, 2018]

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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 23 January, 2018.

Buhari’s second term, NWC tenure dominate APC meeting
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term and tenure extension for members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) dominated discussion as the NWC began a three day meeting in Abuja yesterday, Daily Trust has learnt.
The tenure of members of the NWC will expire in June but speculation is rife that they are working for their term to be extended until the election.
 
 Proponents of tenure extension argued that this is the best way to go in order to avoid holding a convention and party primaries weeks apart.
They pointed out that the party should avoid a convention with all the attendant risk of a backlash as it goes into election year. 
On the other side are some party chieftains who are not happy with the way things are being handled.
Sources say these are some of the thorny issues the party leaders will have to thrash out in the next two days. 
The APC leaders during yesterday’s meeting also deliberated on how to convince President Buhari to seek re-election next year.
Sources said they also brought up the crisis ravaging its state chapters and the need to resolve them so as to improve the party’s chances ahead of 2019.
It was gathered yesterday that the NWC meeting, being presided over by the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, started addressing some of the key issues.
There was no official briefing for journalists on the outcome of the meeting.The meeting will continue today.
Intrigues over convention
It was gathered that the presidency was “in tune” with the planned extension of the tenure of Chief Oyegun’s led NWC.
“The argument is simple, if Oyegun and his team continue, it would be much easier for us to sail through President Buhari’s re-election bid,” a credible source said.
“Some APC governors are also in support of this because if we are to hold convention now for new party leaders to emerge, it would be difficult to galvanize forces,” he said.
Another source confirmed that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi who was rumoured to have been re-appointed as Director-General of President Buhari’s Campaign Organization is working closely with Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to ensure that contentious issues within the party were resolved soonest.

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The party’s NWC must convene the National Executive Committee (NEC) anytime soon because the tenure of the party officials at ward level will expire by February 24. 

Chief Odigie-Oyegun had said on January 6 this year that the meetings of National Caucus and NEC would hold by the end of this month to endorse the timetable for congresses and national convention.
The APC national chairman added that the congresses and convention would hold between January and June this year. 
But the activities lined up ahead of the congresses and convention and the actions of party leaders were now being received with suspicion after key political figures in the ruling party were believed to have commenced fresh moves to delay the process again, with the purported plan to elongate the tenure of the current NWC beyond June 13, 2018 when their tenure expires.
The plan was cited as the reason for the abrupt postponement of a routine meeting expected to involve the NWC members, the 24 governors and the party caucus in the National Assembly last Wednesday. 
Crisis in states
The APC is enveloped in crisis in many states under its control and this is one of the issues the ongoing NWC meeting is working to resolve.
In Kano where the party got the highest votes in 2015, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is locked in intense fight with his predecessor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Various committees setup to resolve the crisis could not succeed, and sources said the APC leadership, on the orders of President Buhari would try to find a lasting solution to the problem.
“Kwankwaso came second to Buhari during the APC’s presidential primaries in 2015; the party will not afford to have a divided house in Kano,” a source close to the meeting, said.
Governor El-Rufai is also fighting with Senator Shehu Sani and other APC chieftains in Kaduna. They include Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Tijjani Ramalan and Tom Maiyashi.
The situation is the same in Katsina where Governor Aminu Bello Masari is not seeing eye-to-eye with the likes of Mohammed Tukur Liman, Tijjani Zangon Daura, Sadiq Yar’Adua, Kabiru Murja, Sada Ilu among other party chieftains, a development that led to the formation of APC-Akida.
In Bauchi, Governor Mohammed Abubakar is having a frosty relationship with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the three senators from the state- Nazif Gamawa, Ali Wakili and Hamma Misau as well as other legislators and senior party chieftains like ex- Police Affairs Minister, Dr. Yakubu Lame.
In Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi is fighting with the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shitu.
The situation is the same in many states.
“All these are the tasks before the APC NWC meeting and we are trying to resolve them. We also want to ensure that our house is put in order in the South West and in the North Central while we consolidate our gains in the South East,” another source said.
We want presidency in 2023, Igbo APC leaders tell Buhari
A delegation of the All Progressives Congress leaders from the Southeast yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja and asked him to support zoning of the presidency to the region in 2023.
They also reaffirmed the unanimous decision of the party in the zone on December 31, 2017 endorsing Buhari for a second term in office.
The delegation, led by Science and Technology Minister Ogbonnaya Onu, comprises former Senate President Ken Nnamani, former Ebonyi State Governor Martins Elechi, Senator Andy Uba, Senator Ben Uwajimogu, former governor of old Anambra State Jim Nwobodo, Senator Nkechi Nworgu, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, former Labour Minister Emeka Wogu, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Hon. Tony Nwoye, among others.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Hon. Emma Eneukwu, National Vice Chairman, South East APC, said: ‘‘It is our conviction that  four years is not enough for you to complete this worthy journey hence the need for another four years to enable you make Nigeria truly great.
“We implore Mr President, as a just and fair-minded leader, to make history by supporting the zoning of the office of the President in our great party to the South East at the end of your second tenure in office as President in 2023.”
He thanked Bujari for the several projects receiving attention of the Federal Government in the South East including , 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt road as well as the Enugu-Onitsha –Owerri road, among others.
I’ll act with clear conscience – President
Responding, President Buhari said he would take decisions with a clear conscience and do the best he could do for all Nigerians.

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‘‘I assure you that whatever I try to do, I will do it with a clear conscience and I’ll do the best I can do for all Nigerians,’’ Buhari said.

He thanked the delegation for their patriotism, sacrifices and support for the peace and stability of the country.
He commended the Southeast leaders for acknowledging the laudable and consistent efforts of his administration to restore Nigeria to the position of eminence.
‘‘I am very pleased for your patriotism and consistency in supporting our administration. You are always going around explaining things even at the risk of abuse.  
‘‘I want you to know that I have not forgotten the efforts and sacrifices you have made in the successes I have achieved in my position and I appreciate what you are doing for the stability of our country and the future of our children and our grandchildren,” he said.
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Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Former Kano State Governor, Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje are set to hold parallel political rally in Kano on January 30, Daily Trust learnt.
The two separate events were centred on the forthcoming local government election in the state slated for February 10, 2018 and by extension, the 2019 general elections.
 
According to the APC campaign timetable, the party would hold its rally at Kwanar Dangora along Kano- Abuja road on  January 30 January for the presentation of flags to candidates.

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However, Senator Kwankwaso was expected to come to Kano from Abuja same day to help his people in the ongoing campaign ahead of the February 10 local government poll.

Confirming the senator’s visit, his media aide, Hajiya Binta Spikin, said the former governor would be in Kano on January 30.
There were fears that supporters of the two groups might clash during the events.
Spikin said, “Despite the purported rumours by the Ganduje-led faction of the APC, Kwankwaso will come to Kano on January 30 to help his people, especially those who are contesting in the forthcoming local government election in their campaign activities.
“We are very much aware of the rumours going round that our leader will not come to Kano. The Ganduje’s people are circulating the rumours but I can assure you that this will not stop our leader from coming to Kano on the slated date,” she said. 
Also, the Secretary of the APC in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Zakari Sarina, affirmed that the APC rally at Kwanar Dangora was scheduled according to the campaign timetable released by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) for the forthcoming local government poll in the state.
“Unfortunately, Senator Kwankwaso did not inform the party about his planned rally which coincides with ours. Had it been he wrote to the party, the party will have shifted its own rally to another day. But because he did not inform the party, we based our own activities in line with KANSIEC’s timetable,” he said.
When contacted for comment, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, said he would contact the relevant authorities to find out who between Kwankwaso and the APC notified the command about the two planned rallies.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Elder-statesman, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, yesterday, stressed the need for the emergence of an Idoma governor in Benue State. 
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have differed over demolition of a building in Maiduguri, Borno State. 

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna Central Senatorial District are sharply divided over who becomes their senator in 2019. 
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido on Monday, said that he was not desperate for the position of Nigerias president in the 2019 general elections. 
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
The Accord Party (AP) on Monday said it had started searching for a credible party chieftain that would be fielded as its presidential candidate for the 2019 polls. 
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with a delegation of the All Progressives Congress from the Southeast.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Wheat farmers under the aegis of Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN) allege that they have been neglected by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture since Chief Audu Ogbeh took over as a minister. 
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
The Federal Department of Husbandry Services in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has trained 80 extension agents on how to effectively establish, manage and utilize pasture with a view to addressing the challenges of food security in the country, especially with the lingering farmers/herders clashes. 

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Electricity grid loses 1,615mw over gas cut
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
The Nigerian electricity grid at the weekend lost 1,615 megawatts (MW) as gas supply was cut off from nine Generation Companies (GenCos), Daily Trust reports. 
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Tue, 23 Jan 2018
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) is considering a fresh round of recapitalization for insurance companies and may likely roll out new recapitalization requirements this year. 
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Oil prices climbed on Monday, pushed higher by Saudi Arabias comment that cooperation between oil producers currently withholding supplies would continue beyond 2018. 
Energy load: 6 DisCos post 1,692MW of electricity from TCN
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Six of the 11 electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) have posted their daily energy allocation of 1,692. 
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Tue, 23 Jan 2018
To suspend their licenses next monthThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will next month suspend the operational licenses of six companies implicated for their involvement in call masking. 
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
The management of Oando Plc and Alhaji Dahiru Mangal have resolved all the issues that threw company into serious dispute last year. 

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018
As fuel scarcity bites hard in Lagos metropolis, depot owners under the auspices of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) said yesterday that their depots are currently empty as a result of lack of supply from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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