Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Wednesday, 28 March, 2017.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will in the coming days announce a date for its national convention to elect new leaders, sources told Daily Trust yesterday.
This became necessary after President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared as illegal the extension of the tenure of current party leaders led by Oyegun by one year.
The president’s position was upheld at a closed meeting of the NEC, our sources said.
The tenure of the party executives will end on June 30 which means the party has less than 90 days from now to complete its ward, local government and state congresses as well as the national convention where new leaders will be elected.
On January 9 this year, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 General Elections, fixing the conduct of party primaries including the resolution of disputes arising from primaries for August 18, 2018 to October 7, 2018 for national and state elections; while that of the FCT Area Council is slated for between September 4 and October 27, 2018.
With this in view, the APC will need a new set of elected leaders to organise primaries for the national and state assemblies, governorship and presidential elections.
The shock at NEC meeting
Daily Trust gathered that there was shock and apprehension among APC leaders yesterday after the president made his remarks.
“President Buhari has succeeded in resolving what would have been a big legal issue. He would still have to have a strong machinery to resolve emerging political issues ahead of the convention. Some leaders are already feeling that they have defeated others in the tussle,” a source said.
Another source said some governors and ministers who allegedly “contrived” the tenure extension for Oyegun and others were also disappointed with the new development.
“You all know the governors that wanted Oyegun and other NWC members and officials at all levels to stay. They are the governors that have issues with the party leader,  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Other governors and ministers have issues with some serving members of the National Assembly and they are all looking towards the APC primary to deal with them by edging them out.
“The argument before was that there was no time to do primaries because of pending crisis in states; that current leaders should lead through the 2019 elections. 
“So, a big problem has been resolved but many others would crop up. For now, Tinubu who felt betrayed has been emboldened; he is very happy with President Buhari and you would notice improved activity by his committee. 
“Besides the legal issues, Buhari cannot afford to lose the South West and Tinubu is a factor; Tinubu also needs  Buhari because the election is around the corner. “
The APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who had earlier yesterday said that the NEC meeting would only discuss the reports of the party committees on Constitution Review and True Federalism, was visibly stunned when Buhari said plans for the convention to elect new leaders should continue.
‘Caretaker c’ttee would not remedy the situation’
President Buhari, who spoke in Abuja at the party’s national secretariat, said the outcome of his consultations with legal advisers showed that the tenure elongation contravened not only the APC’s constitution but the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well.  
Buhari said: “What is expected of the party is to conduct fresh elections, once the tenure of the current executives approaches its end”, adding that a caretaker committee would not remedy the situation and could not “validly act in place of elected officers.”
He said, “As we all know, a motion was moved at the last NEC meeting of February 27, 2018, to the effect that when the tenure of the current executives expire in June this year, they should be allowed to continue for one year.
“This motion was duly carried by a majority of members present at the last NEC Meeting, even though some of our party members have since spoken up very vehemently against it.  Others have even taken the matter to court.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said yesterday that no amount of blackmail from any quarters will force the National Assembly to abandon “zonal intervention” also known as constituency projects.
Speaking during a public hearing on the 2018 budget organized by the joint committee of the Senate and House on Appropriation, he described the zonal intervention projects as a tool to ensure equity in project allocation and distribution in the country.

 “Over the years, the efforts of legislators, especially at the National Assembly to inject equity in budget patronage nationwide, through the instrumentality of zonal intervention projects, has been grossly misunderstood and terribly maligned mostly by those who are deliberately ignorant and have concocted their own concept of constituency projects which they apply as their yardstick of measurement.
“I make bold to state that, but for zonal intervention projects, many communities in Nigeria would never have enjoyed any form of Federal Government patronage. Put differently, zonal intervention projects represent the only evidence of Federal Government presence in most rural communities of Nigeria.
“Consequently, as representatives of the people, no amount of blackmail from any quarters will force us to abandon our resolve to ensure even development across all federal constituencies,” he said.
He appealed to stakeholders to pay greater attention to the implementation of approved budgets and not the size, saying only effective budget implementation determined its quality.
“As representatives of the people, legislators are constantly in touch with their constituents and are therefore in a position to appreciate their peculiar priority needs which they can then articulate in the budget,” he said.
He urged stakeholders to work assiduously toward, not only ensuring an equitable collection of figures but more so, the full realization of those expressed values and aspirations through efficient and effective budget implementation.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Senator Athan Nneji Achonu who once represented Imo North, has said that what the state needs is a credible person with a vision and track record of success in business as  governor in 2019.
He spoke yesterday at his country Home in Ehime Mbano, while declaring his intension to contest the gubernatorial election on the platform of the PDP.

According to him, “I decided to declare for the gubernatorial contest because all those who have indicated their interest in the governorship of the state do not have vision to transform the state. I have the track record of success in business.
“Right now I am building a refinery in Ohaji/Egbema and also an industrial park which would create hundreds of jobs in the state. We need credible people in government if the state must develop in the real sense of development and not what we are currently experiencing,” he said.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Despite the belated apology, PDP will need to come clean, confess to its sins and fully atone for them before restitution is considered, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling APC, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, has advised.
Abdullahi gave the advice yesterday, a day after the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, apologised for the party’s past mistakes at a public discourse in Abuja on contemporary politics and governance in Nigeria.

The APC spokesman, in a release signed and issued yesterday, said Nigerians could still not forget PDP’s sins in a hurry despite the apology.
“The APC acknowledges the apologies by the PDP for the damage the party has brought on the country’s democratic fabric during its 16-year rule.
“As they say, to err is human but forgiveness is divine. We join PDP in praying to God to forgive them, but Nigerians are human and are still suffering from the years of PDP’s misrule. Therefore, even if Nigerians are gracious enough to forgive, they will not forget in a hurry,” the release added. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Kano state chapter of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC)has said that Nigerians will never forgive the Peoples DemocraticParty (PDP)s 16 years of bad governance and mismanagement of publicfunds. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Senate on Tuesday started a fresh move toward reordering the sequence of elections by reintroducing the Bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Osun State has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was bad and warned the people of the state to be wary of the party as the September 22nd governorship in the election draws near. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
President MuhammaduBuhari has kicked against the tenure elongation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Working Commitee (NWC), led by John Oyegun, chairman of the party. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe, Alhaji Umar Kukuri, on Tuesday said the admittance of past mistakes by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was healthy for Nigerias democracy.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});1234567891011 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $=jQuery.noConflict(); $(document).ready(function() { $('#myimage').mapster({ showToolTip: true, singleSelect : true, clickNavigate : true, scaleMap: true, fillOpacity: 0. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Foreign investors who invested billions of dollars in equities are likely to exit the market ahead of the 2019 elections, President, Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, said yesterday. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Commercial Banks, Licensed Mobile Money Operators and Super Agents announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement to fund the expansion of a Shared Agent Network to deepen Financial Inclusion. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
FCMB Capital Markets Limited, a subsidiary of FCMB Group Plc, has served as financial adviser and Lead Issuing House on the successful fund raising and listing of LAPO Microfinance Bank Limiteds N3. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Coca-Cola Company, one of the longest-standing corporate partners of FIFA with a formal association since 1974, has unveiled their plans to give 22 winners in Nigeria an all-expense experience to go watch the games at Russia 2018 later this year. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Stakeholders and experts have expressed mixed feelings over plans by the Federal Government to arm aviation security (AVSEC) personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Republic of Malawi has become the second Southern African member country of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Africas leading infrastructure development finance institution. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Jaiz Bank, Wema Bank and SunTrust Bank yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and secured a $50 million from Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) for lending to small and medium scale business on profit sharing basis instead of the normal banking interest based system.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});12345678910111213 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $=jQuery.noConflict(); $(document).ready(function() { $(&#039 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Kano state government has donated N13. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Barcelona are eyeing a shock swoop for Luke Shaw following his bust-up with Jose Mourinho. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Monaco have joined the list of clubs to have enquired about Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Three-time champion Venus Williams knocked out British number one Johanna Konta from the Miami Open in the fourth round. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he will still be at Chelsea next year, even if he does not agree a new contract this summer. 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Lionel Messi looks set to return for Argentina in today''s friendly match against Spain. 
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