NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 19 March, 2018.


Mon, 19 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari cannot declare his intention to contest next year’s presidential election because he wants to prevent opponents from sabotaging the country, the Presidency has said. 

In November 2017,  when he went on a state visit to Cote d’Ivoire, the president told some members of the Nigerian community in Abidjan that he came to the meeting with two governors so that their people may vote for him in future.

The president reportedly spoke on a lighter note.

Buhari had, while apologising for turning up late for the meeting, said: “First, I want to apologise for keeping you for too long, seating.

“This is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting.

“This was why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you, when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians, if you tell them that their governors were in company with the president, I think that will be another vote for me in the future. I’m very pleased that they were able to turn up.”

But, Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said if  the president speaks too early about his ambition, it may give ammunition to unnamed opponents to throw everything at him and sabotage the country. 

The presidential spokesman, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, at the weekend, explained that president Buhari cannot speak with the election still about one year away because he knows the consequences. 

Asked when the president will declare his intention, Adesina replied: “You know the peculiarity of Nigeria; particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem.

“There is a lot of sabotage in the country. 

“You have also heard so many have said ‘don’t run.’ Because they know that if the president runs, other people should just run away because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell to beat him. 

“So, they want to discourage him from running. 

“Now, if he tells you ‘I’m going to run,’ and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him, just to dissuade him from running. 

“So, when you know that, why then do you speak early? 

“I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running,’ by which time, they can do less damage.”

On his visit to Benue State over herdsmen killings, last week, Buhari told a stakeholders meeting that he could only make promises to them when he returns there for campaign if, indeed, he will be coming for campaign.

Adesina also spoke on the president’s proposed visit to Rivers State which Governor Nyesom Wike has kicked against.

The presidential spokesman said the visit to Rivers is in connection with the people killed on New Year day, in Omoku area of the state. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Governor Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, shunned an inaugural meeting of Imo All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders’ meeting in Owerri, the state capital.

The meeting, which had in attendance the APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, Senators Benjamin Uwajumogu, Ifeanyi Araraume and Okorocha’s deputy, Eze Madumere, was presided over by the party’s state Chairman, Hillary Eke.

Others at the meeting, which held at Concorde Hotel, Owerri, were chairman of TETFUND, Emeka Nwajiuba; chairman of Nigeria Insurance Trust Fund, Jasper Azuatalam; former secretary to the state government, Jude Ejiogu; Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu and others.

Okorocha was out of the state as he had travelled to Ghana.

Newsmen were barred from entering the Sam Mbakwe Hall, where the meeting held.

Thereafter, state Publicity Secretary, Nze Nwabueze Ogushineti, told newsmen at the end of the meeting that the main aim for the stakeholders’ meeting was to address the internal schism in the party, which he said was threatening its unity.

“We want unity in the party, especially ahead of the elections next year, and we cannot win if there is problem in the party, and that was why this meeting was necessary.

Ogushineti further disclosed that the governor did not boycott the meeting, but was out of the country and added that the party does not recognise the current endorsement of aspirants by groups.

“The current endorsements of intending aspirants is not recognised by the party because, for now, they are not aspirants until they indicate their interest by buying the nomination forms; and, only when that is done, can we can say they are aspirants. So, whatever they are doing right now, is their private business.”

The meeting was also used as a forum to raise funds for the running of the party.
 
Meanwhile, a professor of law and former dean, Faculty of Law, Imo State University (IMSU), Professor Nnamdi Obiareri, has maintained that there is nothing wrong for Nwosu to succeed Okorocha.

Obiareri, who is Commissioner for Information, said being OKorocha’s son-in-law  does not constitutionally disqualify Nwosu from contesting for the governorship seat of the state.

“If he must not be governor, it must be at the unction of Imo people, but not because of parochial consideration that he is a son in-law to the governor,” Obiareri said.


Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The raging controversy over re-ordering of the 2019 General Elections continued over the weekend with lawyers taking divergent positions, even as the Executive and Legislature continue to bicker over the development.

The National Assembly had passed an amendment to the Electoral Act, to among other things, alter the sequence of elections in the country.

But by last Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari refused to assent to the amendment. Among the three reasons he gave for withholding assent is that the bill usurped the constitutional powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to decide on election matters, including fixing the dates and the order they would be held.

However, while some lawyers believe that President Buhari was right in refusing assent to the bill, others think otherwise. Among those who spoke in favour of President Buhari are Femi Falana SAN and Prof. Itse Sagay, chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, (PACAC).

Speaking with Daily Sun, yesterday, Sagay said the National Assembly has no right to usurp the powers of INEC to fix dates for elections in the country.

Reminded of the first alteration to the constitution which states that INEC must conduct elections in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, Sagay again said, “the same constitution gives the power to conduct elections to INEC. The constitution states clearly that INEC has the power to organise, undertake and supervise elections, those are the words used by the constitution. It does not leave any room for any other body to do that.

“Any law that is contrary to the provision of the constitution even if it is in the Act becomes null and void.  Determining the sequence of election is part of the powers given to INEC. Any other thing that stops INEC from exercising that power will be acting contrary to the constitution.”

On his part, Falana who had made his position known long before President Buhari’s action last week had consistently insisted that the National Assembly lacks the powers to determine election sequence in the country.

Hear him: “Since the return to democratic rule in 1999, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has conducted the general elections on a two-tier or three-tier basis. Even though the National Assembly had attempted in the past to use the Electoral Act to alter the sequence of elections fixed by the INEC, it did not succeed. In spite of the ongoing controversy surrounding the sequence of elections, our recent experience as a nation has shown that there is nothing sacrosanct about it. In 1999 and 2007, the presidential election came up last while it came up first in 2015. In influencing the order of elections in 2015, the ruling party had thought that holding the presidential election first would have bandwagon effect on the outcome of the other elections. But the result was a disaster for the ruling party.

“Having watched the trend of the debate, it is regrettable to note that the parties involved in the dispute have not studied the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of National Assembly v. President (2003) 9 NWLR (PT 824) 104 at 143-144, where Obasanjo as president then refused to assent to the Electoral Bill 2002, which sought to have all the elections held in one day. But the National Assembly activated the relevant portions of the constitution to override Obasanjo’s veto.The case ended in court and up to the Appeal Court and was decided in favour of the executive.”

Falana futher said the National Assembly, however, “took advantage of the 2010 alteration of the Constitution to attempt to overrule the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the case of the National Assembly v. the President (supra). Thus, in the first alteration made to the Constitution, the National Assembly amended sections 132(1), 76(1), 178(1), 116(1), 118 and 178 of the Constitution by adding the phrase ‘in accordance with the Electoral Act’. Although the power of the INEC to ‘organise, undertake and supervise’ the general elections conferred on it by paragraph 15 of part 1 of the third schedule made pursuant to section 153 of the Constitution was left intact, the National Assembly members erroneously believed that they had conferred on themselves the power to fix the dates for general elections in Nigeria. Apart from the illegality of subjecting the provisions of the Constitution to the Electoral Act, the alteration of the Constitution did not confer on the National Assembly the power of fix dates for holding the general elections in Nigeria. To that extent, the National Assembly cannot use the Electoral Act to usurp the powers exclusively conferred on the INEC to appoint dates for holding the general elections in the country. Indeed, the Supreme Court has had cause, after the first 2010 Alteration of the Constitution, to confirm the discretionary power of INEC to fix the dates for holding the general elections.”

However, other lawyers think otherwise. They believe that their colleagues may have misinterpreted the spirit and letter of the constitution in making their submissions.

Among those who said the National Assembly was on the right track are Prof. Maxwell Gidado, former Presidential Adviser on Legal Matters, Ibrahim Mark, former National Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Vice President, African Bar Association and Mr. Adum Alex,  former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Benue State.

Gidado told Daily Sun that the legislature is empowered under the constitution to make laws about any subject on the Exclusive Legislative list, including the power to override the veto of the president.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Romanus Ugwu, Abuja History will again be made this weekend when the All Progressives Grand Alliance 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi and a governorship aspirant on 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The youths wing of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Tony Osauzo, Benin The ruling All Progressives Congress in Edo and the Peoples Democratic Party are locked 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Leader of the Abia State Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire, has described 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Igbere, Abia State, country home of former Abia Governor Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu on Wednesday played host 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Ighalo in 15-hour flight to join team Monica Iheakam Super Eagles camp will open today in the Polish 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Plateau United out despite win over Etoile Akwa United has qualified for the play-off round of the CAF 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Morocco would need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Proprietor of Arthur Great Soccer Academy, Arthur Onyeka has tasked the Super Eagles and other African 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Unveils Tom Tom as official candy of the Super Eagles Joe Apu The partners of the Nigeria Football 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Omodele Adigun, Bimbo Oyesola and Adewale Sanyaolu As the public awaits measured response from the critical 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Simeon Mpamugoh Professor Olakunle Iyanda is the 21st President and Chairman of Council, Nigeria Chartered 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Case International Harvester (IH), distributed in Nigeria by Dizengoff, has emerged the tractor of choice 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Steve Agbota styvenchy@yahoo.com 08033302331 The demand for animal products presents many income opportunities. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Brown Chimezie The President of SBJ Foundation and Consultancy, Vietnam, Mr. Solomon Bamidele Jnr. has 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Aviana Nigeria International Expo will transform the nation's agribusiness in the area of poultry, 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
In order to fill the industrial skills gap in Nigeria, the Dangote Academy has now trained over 700 engineers 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Charles Nwaoguji Nigeria has a large and quick fast growing population that often requires new buildings 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Adewale Sanyaolu Unless urgent steps are taken by the Federal Government to address lingering issues 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nigeria's refining capacity may soon be increased by 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) as Energia Limited 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Ben Dunno, Warri Delta State Chairman of Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Prince Kehinde 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged elder statesmen in the country 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Ambode laments dearth of skilled labour Moshood Adebayo Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has directed 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Mulls lifting Okada ban James Ojo, Abuja; Desmond Mgboh, Kano Kano State Government has announced 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Army has said its troops killed four armed militiamen and arrested nine in Ningi Local Government 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Federal Government has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Gabriel Dike West African Examinations Council's (WAEC) Registrar, Dr. Uyi Uwadiae, has declared that 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Job Osazuwa Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has handed out a seven-day ultimatum to security agencies 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
To discuss constitutionreview, sovereignty, referendum Chukwudi Nweje The Nigerian Intervention 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Exercise Cat Race: Troops arrest 12 herdsmen in Benue The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By popular demand, the Social-and-Emotion-Reengineering Series, Ask The Boss, that ran on the network 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
I got broiled in an argument recently. The issue centred on which is the true church of Christ on earth. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Engineer Umar claimed he had not received any salary for 19 months. Last week, the Lokoja-based top civil 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
If the church were an army (which in a spiritual sense it is) deacons would be its general infantry (GIs), 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Recently, when the despicable activities of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Osebumere Odia Lagos has been in the proverbial eye of storm ever since it commenced distribution of 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Sijibomi Bickersteth BY 31 March, the nine-month window provided by the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Anarado On the day of his inauguration as Anambra State Governor in March, 2014, Chief Willie 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Pascal Okorobie For the first time, leaders of Delta State opposition now appear largely united in 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, recently revealed that about 90 million 
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