Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 29 January, 2018.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ahead of the next year’s general elections, a political group being coordinated largely by members of the National Assembly (NASS) and former governors, have concluded plans to build a new platform that would be deployed to ease the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) out of power in 2019.
Sources close to the group, which Daily Sun monitored closely in the last two weeks, disclosed that the group is distinct from the Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), being promoted by former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, Prof. Pat Utomi, former Central Bank Governor (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo and former Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) national president, Olisa Agbakoba.
One of the promoters of the new group, whose primary objective was to break both the ruling APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told Daily Sun in Abuja, yesterday, that the group might in the long run work with the NIM, since both seemed to share the same objective.
Members of the group from the APC, according to multiple sources from the group, were expected to “create crisis” within the APC before the end of the first quarter so as to prepare the ground for their exit from the party or wait till after the party’s convention, which is likely to hold in April, before exiting en mass.
The group, it was further learnt was behind the amendment to the Electoral Act, which altered the order of election. The amendment to be harmonised by the two chambers did not only separate the conduct of the National Assembly election from that of the presidential election, but would also see the National Assembly election holding before that of the president.
Asked what the group would do, ifPresident Muhammadu Buhari refused to assent to the bill, one of the members of the group, a serving lawmaker said:
“Are you not surprised that the thing came from the House of Representatives? That is enough sign for you to know that we are united on this matter. And we are prepared to muster the two-thirds that will see us passing it, should the president decides to withdraw his assent.
“They said Buhari helped us to win election in 2015, is that not so? So let him stand alone, while we also stand alone and let’s see who will fail this time around.
“We are conscious of the general resentment against him, but we have also seen the desperation on the part of our party leaders to give him the ticket.
“The essence of the amendment is to prevent the APC from hoodwinking the electorate while giving Nigerians ample opportunity to reject Buhari through the ballot. We don’t want to confer any undue advantage on him.
“For three years, he did not reach out to any of us. Now that he knows he needs us, he is inviting us one after the other to seek for our understanding and our support.
“If we support him and he returns, knowing that he won’t need us again, what do you think will happen to us?
“In Kaduna, two of the APC senators are not on the same page with the governor. Buhari, his wife, his nephew and even his CSO all live in Kaduna, they have not deemED it fit to intervene in the crisis which may consume the party. So who will work for the party’s success next year?
“In Sokoto, Wamakko, against all odds, bent backwards to accommodate Tambuwal, gave him the ticket even when Tambuwal was not part of his game plan from the beginning. He did that just for APC, so that APC could win the presidential election. He led the most strategic committee that led to the success of the party at the poll.
“But when it was time to nominate ministers, they brought the daughter of a PDP chieftain, who fought Wamakko till the last day as minister from the state.
“The poor man led a delegation to see Mr. President and pleaded with him to reverse the appointment for the sake of APC in the state. Mr. President refused.
“But today, he has invited Wamakko because he needs him now. And you think the man will support him? Look at Goje, the same story. What Yerima? Or is it Saraki? Look, I could go on and on.”
On the membership of the group, the source who is a serving federal lawmaker said, “we are actually more than 40. But for strategic reasons I won’t be unveiling the identities of those involved.
“However, I must confess that the first 20 names you listed are correct.
“Our group is different from NIM. But we can work together if they drop the idea of supporting a southern candidate for the presidency.
“Majority of us are members of the NASS. We have people from the PDP; we have people from the APC. Surprisingly, our colleagues in the PDP are more eager to see to the emergence of the group than those of us in the APC who are aggrieved.
“We are working towards breaking up the APC and the PDP. We are doing this because we know it will be very difficult for an entirely new group like that of NIM to dislodge Buhari and the APC.
Another member of the group who is based in Kaduna revealed: “After our party’s congress last year to elect three delegates per local government, which turned out to be a charade, I told you a new movement was going to take over from the APC, you said it was not possible. Are you seeing the picture now?
“We have gone far in our plans and meetings have been going on. We will soon concretise every arrangement. As at the last count we have 35 senators that have enlisted.
“But I can tell you more are still showing interest. We also have members from the House of Representatives, who have indicated interest.
For those behind the group outside of the National Assembly and the group’s likely presidential candidate, the source responded:
“For now, Atiku is not part of it. But Senators Shehu Sani, Kwankwaso, Wamakko, Goje and Yerima are all part of the group.
“Only Tambuwal’s name is on the card for now as likely presidential candidate. But it could change as time goes on because we are reaching out to Asiwaju (Bola Ahmed Tinubu), Obasanjo and TY Danjuma. These people may have some other persons in mind.”
Reminded that Tinubu has since declared his support for Buhari’s second term, the source said, “they have finished him politically. You think he will want to remain with them? I don’t see it happening.
“Look, the betrayal of Tinubu started immediately after the 2015 elections. Then, look at how they played him out in Ondo and Kogi. He has no single nominee in the Buhari’s cabinet.
“And the Oyeguns, Mala Bunis and co that perpetrated all that, are now angling to return as party executives. You think Tinubu will support them to return? That is where the crisis will begin from because the Buhari group wants them to return.
“Saraki has not shown his fingers in the group so far, but there is nothing happening in the Senate that the man does not know about. As a matter of fact, from what I hear some of the lawmakers say, he may end up leading the group.”

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
It was a gathering of who-is-who at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, yesterday, when dignitaries across politics, religion, ethnicity and race paid glowing tributes to late Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
Among those in attendance were Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, former Vice Presidents Atiku Abubakar, Namadi Sambo, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo, former governors, ministers, political associates, friends, political associates among others.
The event was put together by the National Burial Committee in charge of Ekwueme’s burial. He died on November 19, 2017, in a London hospital.
Secretary to the Government of the  Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha who chairs the committee, said the government will foot the entire bill for the burial which includes transporting the corpse from London to Nigeria.
Osinbajo who came straight from Davos, Switzerland, where he represented Nigeria at the World Economic Forum, in his remarks said, Ekwueme set an excellent example of loyalty, integrity and commitment.
According to him, the late Vice President had only one vision, that Nigeria becomes a nation and not a country.
Ekwueme’s boss, former President Shehu Shagari, said he never knew Ekwueme’s 2017 birthday will be his last as he was younger than him.
Represented by his son, Aminu, the former president said: “I’m not here to give undeserved praises on Ekwueme; whatever I say here, I have told him so in his life…I choose him because he came across as a man of impeccable integrity and character. We worked harmoniously because we had the same vision. He was a deputy I trusted and mischief  makers could not drive a wedge between us. His character remain impeccable. Even in death his achievements cannot be diminished.”
Back home, Anambra State Government has announced a public holiday for the burial of Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, announced this, yesterday and added that all markets and businesses would be closed in Ekwueme’s honour. “Please note that Thursday, February 1, is work-free-day in Anambra state. All markets and businesses will be closed on that day to enable Ndi Anambra, friends, associates and well wishers to pay our last respects to the late vice president.
Meanwhile, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, expressed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to giving Ekwueme a befitting burial.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Lagos fiery preacher and leader of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, last night, gave a damning verdict on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
Baker declared it a failure.
In an interview on a television programme monitored in Lagos, Bakare said expectations of Nigerians have not been met by the Federal Government and that he was particularly disappointed about the handling of killings by herdsmen, particularly that of Benue State.
He called the perpetrators “criminals,” who had been classified as a deadly terror group by the Global Terror Index.
The cleric spoke about herdsmen’s burning of former minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae’s farm and insisted that what the herdsmen did was quite wicked.
On whether the rampaging herdsmen are foreigners or Nigerians, Bakare said he does not know but that “they are human beings.”
Asked if he agreed with former President Olusegun Obasanjo that Buhari should not seek re-election in 2019, Bakare said it was the president’s constitutional right to seek elective office.
He was, however, quick to add that inasmuch as Buhari has the right to seek re-election, whether he would get the same groundswell of support as he did in 2015 is a different kettle of fish.
“…I’ve not joined any Third Force. I’ve not been part of any force. At the right time, we will know what to do because what I see now is what I can envision in the days to come, it’s that this chicken that you see, they are about to eat, they are on intestine…
“Most of these people don’t really care about the development of the government of our nation…They seek power for self, not for service.
“This is why it hurts me deep, that such crisis will hit Benue state and the leadership of the nation will not move there, go there. Rather, they invited them to come to Abuja.
“The most painful to me was that an American leader would not do that; the British leader would not do that; who are the ones we are emulating. You are not a king, you are a servant of the people and you are to to know that you really are serving the interest of your people.
“The Inspector General of Police showed up and he said it’s communal clash…he even said that before he got there! In a decent nation, he would have been fired by now.”
On Buhari’s rumoured bid in 2019, Bakare replied: “It’s his fundamental constitutional right to run or not to run but whether it would now be accepted in the way it was accepted before…He came as military Head of State, he has come as civilian president, Jesus himself is only coming twice…”
The Latter Rain Assembly pastor agreed with Obasanjo on some of the issues raised in his letter to president Buhari and added that things are not going well in the country.
Bakare also said he is not going to seek elective office or return to politics but that he would play a role in the re-engineering of Nigeria.
He, however, supported call for the restructuring of the country.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has commended the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Army for the joint operation that led to the killing of Oluchi Igwedibia also known as Obatosu, younger brother of the late Don Wanny.
Igwedibia, who was among the 32 cultists declared wanted by the state security council, was killed at Sabo Iyakpe, Etsako West in Edo State yesterday.
Obatosu allegedly played a prominent role in the New Year killings by Wanny gang in Omoku.
Wike declared that none of those declared wanted by the state security council will go free, saying  they will all be brought to justice.
The governor further declared that the N20 million bounty placed for credible information that will lead to the arrest of the wanted cultists is still in place.
He said those who participated in the New Year mayhem at Omoku and any other security  infraction in the state will be traced and brought to justice.
Governor Wike stated that the government will continue to work with security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure Rivers remains safe.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
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Mon, 29 Jan 2018
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