NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [27 MARCH, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Tuesday, 27 March, 2017.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The National Executive Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is expected to take a final stand tonight on the tenure of the current party executives.
The tenure of members of the National Working Committee (NWC) headed by Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, which is billed to expire on June 30, was last month extended by one year.

 
The party’s convention is supposed to hold before June 30, but this is now uncertain with the extension of the tenure of the NWC members. The development has polarised the party. 
The Caucus meeting of the party, which usually precedes the NEC meeting, held last night at the Presidential Villa. The fate of Oyegun’s NWC was top on the agenda.
Forces against tenure extension include the camp of the party leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and members of the party in the Senate and House of Representatives.
The report of the Governor Nasir El-Rufai committee on true federalism and the APC constitution review had been pencilled down for discuss at the Caucus.. 
Sources with knowledge of what would transpire at yesterday’s APC Caucus meeting said aggrieved members had made up their minds that the tenure elongation approved for Oyegun and others by the NEC of the party must be reversed for peace to reign.
The sources said ninety per cent of the problems bedevilling the party could be resolved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“A decision must be taken between today (yesterday) and tomorrow (today). If those that matter insist that the NWC members must continue, the likes of Tinubu and many National Assembly members would have to decide on what to do to remain relevant politically,” one of the sources said.
Another source said the Caucus would advise that a caretaker committee should be constituted because there was no time to organize a national convention.
“If you remember, it was agreed during the last month’s Caucus meeting that the congresses and convention would hold. The president even preached peace and urged party members to unite,” he said.
“But sadly, the decision was changed; they changed the mind of the president in less than ten hours when the tenure elongation issue came up. It was the hand work of some governors, including Nasir El-Rufai, Yahaya Bello, Rotimi Akeredolu and M.A. Abubakar,  in cohort with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi who wanted Oyegun and others to remain on board for selfish reason,” he said.
Another source said though Tinubu and the leadership of both the Senate and House of Representatives had not been on the same page since 2015, “they have now found a point of convergence - they all said Oyegun must go.”
According to the source, “Tinubu had long ago shelved the responsibility given to him by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile aggrieved members of the party. He stopped after the abrupt tenure elongation granted to members of the NWC.
 “On the other hand, senators and members of the House of Representatives have categorically said the tenure extension cannot stand because it contravened the provisions of the APC Constitution.
“For instance, the senators were unambiguous in stating their position when Oyegun and his team visited them at the National Assembly last week. The senators took turns telling them the truth that the APC leadership had failed in all respect by allowing crisis to fester everywhere.
“They told them that even if the party constitution allowed tenure extension, political expediency will not allow them to continue because they have failed to keep the party as one family.
“Convention is the way out because it would provide political solution to all contending issues in the party. However, tenure extension is an illegality and some aggrieved members are waiting in the background; even the opposition members are watching and they would go to court and counter all the decisions taken after the expiration of the NWC tenure. It would be difficult for the APC to recover because we are already in election season,” he said.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
They are the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; former Vice Presidents Atiku Abubakar and Alhaji Namadi Sambo; former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamid and former governor of Kaduna State  Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Others are former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu; former governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, ex-governor of Kaduna State, Ramalan Yero; ‎PDP ex-acting national chairman, Bello Haliru Mohammed; BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin; PDP ex-deputy national chairman, Chief Bode George and many more. 

‎The campaign stage was set at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, with the theme:"Nation Building: ‎Resetting the Agenda."

Secondus, who spoke on the campaign strategies of the PDP also knocked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for 'failing in critical sectors of national life.'

‎He claimed that the APC-led government had borrowed N11 trillion within three years while the PDP-led government borrowed only N6 trillion in 16 years.

"Not even during the fratricidal civil war has this country been so divided along ethnic and religious fault lines. ‎Today, the scorecard of the ruling party on all scores, is embarrassingly abysmal."

"Three years down the line and about 12 months to the next general elections, what is the state of our country? All gains have been clearly eroded through an acute lack of the understanding of the intricacies of governing a complex state like Nigeria." 

"It has quickly become apparent that propaganda and unrealistic promises that helped the current ruling party to power could not and cannot deliver the much needed dividends of democracy. 
  
"On corruption, I need not go into details except draw your attention to the latest Transparency International Report that shows that the corruption index under the watch of the so called anti-corruption government has worsened. 
 
"Today there is often swift action occasioned by extensive media trials when it comes to investigating opposition leaders all in a desperate move to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
 
"On security, Boko Haram has not only remained alive despite several political claims of decimating it but is even now spreading under a new name and nomenclature called herdsmen, that have been tormenting, maiming and killing hundreds of Nigerian children, women and men across the country with the government of the day offering feeble responses. 

"Everyday our media is awash with the staggering number of wanton killings raising questions about the value of human life in Nigeria. It is an endless stream of bloodletting directly or indirectly fueled by incompetent leadership. 
 
"Only recently the federal government tried to arm twist state governors to take from the common purse, the sum of $1billion dollars about N365b for the tackling of Boko Haram they claimed they defeated two years ago. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Eleven displaced people died and dozens sustained burns following a fire outbreak at an IDPs camp in Rann, Kala-Balge local government area of Borno state yesterday.
Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and health workers said the fire incident started at 10.27am and lasted to about 3pm at the displaced persons camp in Rann, the headquarters of the Kala- Balge LGA.

 
They said children and women were severely affected by the fire.
A medic who works with a humanitarian aids group told Daily Trust,  “We have counted at least 11 displaced persons who died. Many were severely burnt and are currently in critical conditions; we are trying our best to restore them.
He said the fire could not be put out early mainly because of shortage of water at the camp. “We are facing many challenges here, “ the medic said.
The Northeast Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Bashir Idris Garga, also confirmed the incidents but differed on the casualty figure.
He said in a text message: “Update from Rann: Deaths: 5 persons (3 women and 2 children) and several people sustained burns. 200 shelters destroyed. Several livestock destroyed but source of fire outbreak unknown.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Interim National Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, has said further attempts to revive the PDP will be futile because the dream of its founding fathers has been bastardised by the people running the affairs of the party. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Some aggrieved chieftains of the Osun State chapter of the APC have petitioned the partys National Chairman, Chief Odigie-Oyegun over alleged alteration of the original list used for the local government and ward executive officers who would serve as delegates in the coming APC primaries in the state. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
A governorship aspirant of the APC in Gombe State, Muhammad Barde, has urged voters in the state to go out en masse and register for and collect their permanent voters cards (PVC). 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
A Member of the House of Representatives from Osun State, Busayo Oluwole-Oke, has said reordering the sequence of elections as proposed by the National Assembly is not out of place.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Baba Shehu Lawan, has said the board will seal up government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), corporate institutions and residences that are yet to pay their waste bills. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Natives of Kpaduma in Asokoro Extension, Abuja, have urged developers to stay away from their communities pending the determination of the case between them and the FCT Administration which is already in court. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Aminu Musa Abdusalam Foundation (AMA) has carried out free surgery for 65 patients in Mararaba Gurku medical centre of Nasarawa State as part of its eye care humanitarian service. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The collaboration between the police and Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has been instrumental in bursting crimes in Apo, Abuja. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Minister of the FCT Muhammad Musa Bello on Saturday inspected the proposed grazing reserve at Paikon-Kore community in Gwagwalada Area Council. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Osun State Police Command at the weekend said seven members of a secret cult that caused panic in Ile-Ife recently have been arrested. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Nigerias public debt stock as at the end of 2017 stood at N10. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Electricity Consumers Advocacy Network (NECAN) has thrown its weight behind the new regulation which it said will mark an end to the exploitative estimated billing system. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The equity market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) opened the week flat as the market capitalisation depreciated marginally by N6 billion to close at N14, 975 trillion. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The National Information Technology Development Agency [NITDA] has awarded 92 scholarships for Masters and Doctorate degrees in relevant areas of ICT and ICT Law, spending N752. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has empowered 180 Bakassi returnees who were trained in poultry, fishery production, processing, preservation, packaging and marketing at the University of Calabar, Cross River State with N500,000 each. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has cleared a number of ICT security and systems infrastructure upgrade projects of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stem cyber-attacks against Nigerias financial sector. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Governing Board of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) has said one of its priority projects for 2018 is to accelerate the take-off of the Brass Oil and Gas City.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Cesc Fabregas has admitted he would be keen to return to Arsenal in the future, after taking part in a Q&A on Twitter. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Venus Williams will face British number one Johanna Konta in the Miami Open fourth round. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Lobi Stars FC are till top of the Nigeria Professional Football League table after securing a 3-2 win over visiting Rivers United at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi yesterday. 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has become the latest player to criticise the ball which will be used at the World Cup in Russia this summer. 
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