Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 27 March, 2018.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday apologised to Nigerians and sought forgiveness for mistakes made while in power.
It said a rescue programme to take Nigeria out of the bondage of economic, social and political degradation had become necessary.

At a public discourse tagged “Nation Building: resetting the agenda” convened by the PDP in Abuja, its national chairman, Uche Secondus, apologised to Nigerians on behalf of his party, saying: “We are sorry. We have made several mistakes.”

Explaining what the party begged for, he said: “In the past, there were impunity and imposition, we are not spirits, we have to be humble to apologise for imposition, impunity and other wrongdoings.

While in government, there was no nepotism, but today, nepotism has been taken to the highest level by this government of APC.

“We have to stand before the people and apologise. We made mistakes. Unlike APC that will lie and use another lie to cover it, we will apologise for our past mistakes. We are humans that are bound to make mistakes. How long are we going to lie to our children?

“Since it is said that charity begins at home, I am the very first to admit that our party the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria made many mistakes. Consequently, we were roundly sanctioned by Nigerians, leading to our loss at the polls in 2015.

“I use this opportunity to apologise to Nigerians unequivocally for the several shortcomings of our party in the near and far past. It was all part of an evolution process without which there can be no maturity.”

Secondus promised that under his leadership, there would not be imposition, nobody would be allowed to influence the primaries that would lead to the emergence of a presidential candidate for the party.

“My colleagues and I at the National Working Committee have vowed to uphold the rule of law as enshrined in our party constitution.

“Power has been devolved to the zonal, state and ward levels. PDP national headquarters at Wadata House will only co-ordinate affairs.

There are no votes to be solicited or won at Wadata House. We are committed to the rule of law and assure you that not only will your votes count in our primaries across the land, your voice will be heard.”

The PDP chairman said the party would stand by the truth, adding that whatever happened in 2015 would not be allowed again as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would not be able to rig elections.

Secondus said the time had come to initiate serious people-oriented policies.

“There are certain circumstances that make nation building top priority. It is often contemplated after a country has gone through a war, just gained independence or there is a total collapse of its economy.

“We are certainly not at war in the conventional sense of it. Neither have we just gained independence. Rather, we are almost 58 years as a nation but our dear nation, Nigeria, is in very dire straits. Our economy has been under immense pressure, especially in the last thirty-four months of governance by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and an elder statesman, Malam Tanko Yakassai, yesterday deplored the call by the former Minister of Defence, Lt-Gen Theophilus Danjuma, on the citizenry to defend themselves against “ethnic cleansers.”
At the convocation of the Taraba State University at the weekend, Danjuma accused the armed forces of colluding with armed bandits to perpetrate violence.

He also alleged that the armed forces were unable to adequately provide security for the citizens of Taraba State and called on the people to defend themselves.

APC Spokesperson, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, in a reaction, described Danjuma’s position on the raging conflict between herdsmen and farmers as a call to anarchy.

He reiterated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration’s commitment to tackling the insecurity plaguing the country.

“We believe that a person of that caliber shouldn’t be making that kind of statement that can throw the country into anarchy. No responsible government would allow the skirmishes between farmers and herdsmen get out of hand. We are doing our best to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.

“To say that government is not doing enough is one thing. But to say that government is complicit in the killing of people is a completely different thing. Government will continue to do its best and if there are shortcomings, we will address them.

To now begin to say that because of those shortcomings government is complicit in the killings, it is very dangerous for Gen. Danjuma to take such a stance.”

Yakassai believed that Danjuma’s statement could be a result of President Buhari ‘s refusal to heed his advice on the matter.

He, however, disagreed with the call on the citizenry to take up arms against anybody perceived to be among killer herdsmen in the country.

Yakassai particularly wondered why Danjuma who is in his 80’s would go out of his way to preach violence rather than preach the message of peace to Nigerians.

“What Gen. Danjuma said is hardly the words of elders. Elders are known for trying to calm down tension and not to invite conflict. If the two warring groups decide to defend themselves, it means there would be endless anarchy and this is not what we want in this 20th century.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed April 25, 2018 to deliver judgment in a suit filed by the Accord Party (AP) seeking an order of court restraining the National Assembly from acting on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on March 13, 2018 refused to sign the bill into law, which sparked arguments as to whether or not the National Assembly would use its powers to override the President’s decision.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Justice Ahmed Mohammed yesterday fixed the date after listening to arguments of both the plaintiff and the defendants.

Counsel to the National Assembly, the first defendant, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), in his preliminary objection, argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter on the grounds that its jurisdiction was not properly invoked.

He said the court could only have jurisdiction over the matter if the bill has become an act.

“No matter how it is construed, the Electoral Act Amendment Bill as at the day the originating summons was filed, up till date, is a bill, it becomes an act upon the happenings of two eventualities.

“Where a president acting under provisions of Section 58 (4), assents to the bill, it then becomes an Act of the National Assembly.

“Where he refuses to assent under Section 58(5), the bill is returned to the National Assembly for use of their powers to override.

“At that point, it remains a bill because there is no guarantee that they will muster the required two-thirds majority to veto it,” he stated.

Daudu said that it was only where the National Assembly successfully used its power to over-ride the President’s veto and transform the bill to an act that the jurisdiction of the court over it would be ignited.

He further argued that there was no certificate of registration before the court to show that the Accord Party was indeed a political party as it was claiming to be.

Arguing for the second defendant, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), aligned himself with the submission of Mr. Wole Olanipekun (SAN), counsel to the AP.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
With more than N3.7trillion depositors' money under threats, in addition to over 14,000 jobs while 12 banks were on the brink of total collapse, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), was set up to come to the rescue and stabilise the economy. But with about six years winding down, there are concerns about the [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
A high level member of the Bendel Insurance project, Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen has reiterated that the ongoing work to re-launch the famous Edo State owned club is highly commendable. The experienced attorney and sports consultant, who spoke in Lagos, is very confident that the club would not fizzle out of the national scene again but [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Years ago when BRT berthed, Lagosians especially those on the Lagos- Ikorodu road axis down to Western Avenue were exceedingly glad with the hope that a huge relief has come in the transportation sector but it seems the Lagos State Government is getting it wrong in almost all angles, ranging from a systematic extortion of [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
One Rev. Moses Emonena has been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates' Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N11,750,000 from his daughter's suitor under the pretext of giving him her hand in marriage. The police alleged that Emonena, a cleric of the Assembly of God Church in Warri, Delta State, married his daughter to another man [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Top-of-the-range travel and hospitality firm, Travelplus Global Agency Limited at the weekend in Abuja announced a wide range of packages for football fans and other stakeholders desirous of being in Russia for the FIFA World Cup finals. Managing Director/CEO of the agency, Jumoke Gbadebo disclosed that the agency has put together a number of [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
For efficient and effective justice delivery in the state, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, has inaugurated solar power source for use of the courts. The pilot phase of the project, the first of its kind in all judicial divisions, was commissioned yesterday at the Chief Magistrate Court, Yaba. She noted [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Youth leaders of the Nigerian Ethnic Nationalities have said the present government under President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in all ramifications. They, therefore, charged Nigerians, particularly the youths to begin to examine other options and review the leadership selection process in the country. In a communiqu co-signed after a meeting in Abuja yesterday, the President [] 
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