Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 30 March, 2018.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The North-central zone of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has demanded that the zone should be allowed to produce the presidential candidate ahead of 2019 general elections.

The request was coming even as the party asked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to leave good a legacy before it vacates office in 2019, saying the current “legacy of killings, hunger and hunger are not part of the dividend of democracy.
Speaking on behalf of delegates from all states of the North-central Thursday in Abuja, Senator Nagogo insisted that since democracy took off in Nigeria, the North Central has never been considered for the Presidency.
According to him, for the fact that North-central is a the heart beat of Nigeria, the region must be considered.
He said since the return of democracy in 1999, “this zone has been relegated. I am making this request before the National leaders of ADP to please return the presidency to the North-central zone. We have capable hands and we will not disappoint the nation,” he said
He argued that Alhaji Shehu Shagari is from the North West and so is Musa Yar’adua and now President  Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him , the North-east also had Alhaji Tafawa Balewa in the first republic and Atiku Abubakar as vice President.
“If after 2019 we are deprived again we do not know when it will again return to the North.”
Nagogo wants the Northern elders from the North-west and North-east to consider the North-central “if we are truly one” he concluded.
Responding, the National Chairman of the Party , Engr. Yabagi Sani said that the party has already set up committees in each of the Northern zones to look into the issue of Presidency and seek out a credible  Presidential material that will take Nigeria out of the woods.
He assured that the party will look into the request, adding that North-central should work hard for it and put forward credible candidates.
Speaking on the state of the nation, ADP chairman said democracy means everybody must have their say and ask question when things are going wrong.
“We are calling on authorities to quickly ruse to the occasion of insecurity in Nigeria because we believe that Nigerian Army is equal to the task.
“Anger, hunger and killings currently going on in the country are not dividend of democracy. We are calling on APC government to leave a good legacy before leaving office in 2019.”
While describing ADP as a child of necessity, Engr. Sani declared that the party for now is not merging with any political party or group, saying that “our doors are open to any group or political party. Though we are already having meetings with different groups and political parties on how to move the country forward.”

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Hon Ibrahim Biko has declared that the gale of defections which hit the state chapter in recent times was caused by self centered politicians who were bent on continuing in their positions but could not do anything in appreciation of the party’s gesture to them.

Biko who stated this during an interview in Abuja lamented that the former Senator representing the FCT, Jubril Wowo, the lawmaker representing AMAC/Bwari, the immediate past Kuje Area Council Chairman, Danladi Etsu Zhin amongst others who dumped the party were ingrates who were not satisfied with the much the PDP had done for them.
The FCT chairman who rained curses on those who deserted the party for no justifiable reason despite being big beneficiaries of the party, said at the right time, God would have to pay them back in their own coin.
Hon Biko was however expressed happiness that despite their ingratitude to the party, PDP has continued to wax strong while attributing the lack of cohesion in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the monumental betrayal of PDP.
According to Biko, “as the disgruntled politicians have gone, thousands of people are coming back to the party.
He also stated that the FCT PDP was not worried by the defections while noting that those who left the party were not followed by other members.
“We are not worried because those people that you have just mentioned are people whose conducts were not satisfactory. Most of these individuals are people who were not satisfied with what the PDP has done for them. 
“Most Nigerians in other parties today, PDP made them to become what they are. But the only thing there is that Allah is the only one that will punish these people. Where they cheat PDP, Allah is going to cheat them because almost all of the became what they are under PDP. Those that dumped PDP before to form APC, because APC was formed by some people who left APC.  Most of their governors, House of Assembly members, National Assembly members were formerly PDP.
“Now what is going on today? PDP remains the party to beat and that is why APC members are at loggerheads with one another because it is not a party. People just gathered to form an association. People like Danladi Zhin,  Jisalo Zephaniah, Ibrahim Wowo as you just mentioned are people who have their personal ambitions. 
“Wowo himself, from ANPP to PDP, from PDP to APC, all he is after is his own personal thing not for anybody, not after even FCT or any individual but himself. They feel they should continue to be there and that is the very dangerous part if life. You will continue to be there, nobody else apart from you. 
“Once you have such selfish ambition, the next thing is that you will fall. For example Jisalo, what has he become in the world that is not PDP? Starting from when he was a term chairman of the AMAC under PDP. What has the PDP done to you? 
“Of course when he saw he cannot contest again, he cannot contest Senatorial seat against his brother, Philip Aduda and he cannot come back to contest for the seat in the House of Reps. Those were his grievances. He this he must continue to be relevant all the time and that’s what made him to leave the party. So we are not regretting. When he was in the party he didn’t help the party, he didn’t help anybody, he only helped himself and now we are happy that he left. 
“As he has gone thousands of people are coming and remember, Jisalo did not leave the party with anybody. Go and ask anywhere, if he had a follower, even one, let him mention the person. And after he left people that also ran away from the party most of them came back to the party, thousands of them. 
“The same with Wowo. There is nothing that PDP did not do for Wowo. There was no type of money or property that Wowo did not acquire while he was working as a Personal Adviser (political) to the former FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed. Isn’t it? He left the party immediately the party lost election. What made him to leave the party? Nobody drove him away but because of his own personal selfish ambition.
About the former Kuje chairman Danladi Zhin, he stated that nobody defected to APC with him saying that  his brothers and sisters were still in PDP.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
An aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has promised regular payment of workers salary if elected governor of the state come September this year.
Omisore, who is a former deputy governor in the state, boasted that his professional and entrepreneurial skills would be employed to tackle unemployment.
In a release personally signed and made available to newsmen on Thursday, Omisore said the success of his tenure as the deputy governor of the state was a testimony to his promise.
“However, if I become the governor of Osun State, the salary and wages of the workers would be paid promptly and there was a testimony to this when I was the deputy governor.
“I would treat workers with dignity and respect. I will focus on building major infrastructure in the state, such as roads.
“We will carry out the dualization of Gbongan junction to Kwara boundary, ensure the development of Osun airport, see to the construction of the Ilesa/Ife dams, rehabilitate of Ede headworks, Ejigbo water supply scheme.
“We will also see to the dualization of Mayfair Junction to Lagere-Enuwa-Moore-Ilesa bypass and the construction of Gbongan-Oyo boundary. Most of these projects were initiated and facilitated when I was chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation between 2007 and 2011.
“But all these were discontinued and their prices inflated. We shall give them utmost priority when I become the governor. Education and health shall take their pride of place in my government. I shall stop capital flight of Osun’s money.
“Osun’s money shall be spent by our people and not Lagosians.
“Unemployment shall be tackled using my professional and entrepreneurial goodwill to benefit Osun people,” he promised.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has urged his National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to honourably resign his position to embrace farming in his home town instead of politics. Comrade Frank, while urging his party to learn how to run party administration from the main opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), also challenged Read MoreThe post Frank asks APC to learn party management from PDP, Oyegun to leave politics appea 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Senate yesterday urged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to take steps to prevent the shore wall of Tuomo town in Delta state from total collapse. It also enjoined the National Emergency Management Agency,NEMA to immediately take relief material, and services to the people of the town. Similarly, the Senate, which Read MoreThe post NEMA: NASS Seeks urgent intervention to save Delta community appeared first on . 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
One of the most exciting teachings I received during my formative years was the lesson on prophecy. It was during my catechism class as a Catholic Christian, and prophecy as a topic posed a huge but thrilling challenge to me. On that day, at that time and in that place, the Catechist (teacher) told the class that 'prophecy is the Read MoreThe post Why African leaders disobey political prophecies, by JEROME-MARIO UTOMI appeared first on . 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The bill of the parliament seeking to reorder the sequence of elections has intriguingly hit the brick wall. President Muhammadu Buhari recently withheld his assent over purported conflicts and interference in the administrative duties of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Statutorily, powers to make laws for the federation are vested in the National Assembly; nonetheless, the powers are relative Read MoreThe post INEC and election reordering bill, by Umegboro Carl appeared fi 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Disturbed by the poor performances of Nigerian students in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) results, the Senate has resolved to summon the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and the Head, National Office of the Council, as well as stakeholders connected with the problem. The minister is expected to appear before the Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) Read MoreThe post WAEC results: Senate summons minister over mass failure appeared first on . 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral CommissionChairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has appealed to the Nigerian Police Force to assist the commission to stamp out vote-buying at polling units during elections. Yakubu, who stated this while receiving the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris in his office yesterday, charged the police to deploy Special Forces, beginning with Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections, to Read MoreThe post Vote-buying: INEC chair wants Special Forces deployed to polling 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi'ites, yesterday hit the National Assembly, Abuja, in their thousands, with a call on the lawmakers to speak up against the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The protesters, who described the APC-led government of Muhammadu Buhari as tyrannical, expressed concern over their leader's health status. Their position Read MoreThe post Speak up for El-Zakzaky, protesting Shites task NASS appeared f 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has called on Christians to pray for the country as they complete the observance of the Lenten season and prepare for Easter celebrations. Onaiyekan made the call yesterday during the 2018 Chrism Mass, as part of Holy Week activities of the Catholic Church at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja. 'As we Read MoreThe post Lent: Pray for Nigeria, Onaiyekan tells Christians appeared first on . 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja As part of efforts to reposition the Petroleum industry, the National Assembly, yesterday passed the much-awaited Petroleum Industry Governance Bill. The passage of the PIGB saw the introduction of five percent fuel levy on fuel sold across the country, monies that would be used to finance the Petroleum Equalisation Fund as established under the bill. This Read MoreThe post PIGB: NASS introduces 5% fuel levy on consumers appeared first on . 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the removal of the Commissioner of Police in charge of Kogi state, Ali Janga. Janga was removed alongside some senior police officers in the state command, over their alleged role in the escape of some six suspects, who reportedly implicated a member of the National Assembly from the state, Senator Dino Melaye. And Read MoreThe post Police place Melaye, 6 escapees on INTERPOL watch list appeared first on . 
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