Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 18 March, 2018.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democra-tic Party (PDP) is under massive pressure to change its name as alliance talks intensify between it and some other parties, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) and key political figures ahead of the 2019 elections.

The alliance is aimed at denying President Muhammadu Buhari a second term in office.

The participating groups say a change of name by the PDP is desirable to give everyone a sense of belonging.

But with 13 states under its control, the former ruling party does not want merger, preferring only collaboration that will unite all opposition parties, groups and political leaders.

Nonetheless, the PDP plans to  raise a committee soon to work out modalities for coalition with other parties and interest groups like ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s CNM.

Some elders and governors elected on the platform of the party have also initiated moves to curb the influence of Governors Nyesom Wike and Ayo Fayose on the party such that the other groups will not be scared away from working with the PDP.

Highly placed party sources said last night that ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, ex-Governor Sule Lamido, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo are leading the search chart of PDP.

The party is not relenting in wooing Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Senate President Bukola Saraki back to its fold.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is not less busy.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategists  and some APC leaders are understood to  be working on  the possibility of reaching what a source called an  “accord concordiale” with some PDP governors and respected leaders of the party during the 2019 polls.

One of the leaders that Buhari’s strategists are mounting pressure on is ex-Governor Ibrahim Shekarau whose return to APC is believed can whittle down the influence of Kwankwanso in Kano.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that PDP leaders are anchoring their plan to oust the APC from power on propaganda and forging a grand coalition against the ruling party.

The coalition part of the plan has seen the party reach out to other opposition parties, the CNM and some key political figures in the six geopolitical zones who are against Buhari’s re-election.

However, it was gathered that the PDP is finding it difficult to rally international support against Buhari, whose integrity is still being trusted by world leaders.

The party  is counting solely on ex-President Obasanjo  to do the ‘damage’ but the one-man international campaign against the President  does not seem to be having the expected result yet.

Findings revealed that a recurring issue in the ongoing secret talks, covert negotiation and lobbying by PDP, is the demand by affected parties, groups and leaders that it should change its name.

Giving an insight into the development so far, one of the sources said:”These opposition parties, some leaders of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) and  some key political figures in all the six geopolitical zones are asking PDP to change its name in order to enable more Nigerians identify with it.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Senator Ali Wakili (Bauchi South) yesterday slumped and died in his Gwarinpa Abuja residence.

The 58-year-old reportedly died of suspected heart attack around 11am.

He was said to have been confirmed dead at a hospital he was rushed to for medical attention.

The lawmaker was one of the nine senators who vehemently opposed the controversial Electoral Act amendment 2018.

Led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Waliki was one of the senators who stormed out of the chamber to register opposition to adoption of the conference report of the two chambers on the sequence of elections.

Wakili was also largely seen as one of the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Senate.

Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy Ike Ekeremadu and Speaker of The House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara expressed sadness over his demise.

Buhari described his death as “an incalculable loss to Nigeria’s democracy whose dedication to duty was remarkable and worthy of emulation.”

The President said that the death of the senator came as a great shock to him, adding his dedication to duty would remain one of the greatest virtues for which the deceased would be remembered.

Buhari, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said: “The passion for duty was one of the finest qualities of late Senator Wakil”.

Saraki, who led a delegation of Senators to his residence for condolences, described the deceased as a vibrant lawmaker.

In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said: “Malam Ali Wakili is one lawmaker you can never be in doubt where he stands on a particular issue. He spoke his mind fearlessly.”

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Nigerians should expect a unanimous and appropriate response from the National Assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent rejection of the proposed re-ordering of elections in the country, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara said yesterday.

Leaders of the two chambers, according to them, “are in agreement on what to do, how to do it, when to do it and why it must be done.”

The pair spoke yesterday in reaction to suggestions of a split in their rank over the matter.

They dismissed as  unfounded and misleading insinuations that they were in disagreement  over the Electoral Act amendment 2018 which Buhari declined to assent to partly on the ground that it threatens  the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to  “organise, undertake and supervise elections.”

The Senate and the House of Representatives want election into the national assembly first with the presidential poll coming last.

Buhari invited the leadership of the two chambers  for a meeting of Thursday but the president was said to have skipped the issue although behind the scene talks are said to be going on between the two sides to resolve the matter.

Saraki, Dogara, House of Reps Deputy Speaker Lasun Yusuf, Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan and House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila were at the meeting.

The amendment is already generating a lot of insinuations and discussions across the country.

Saraki addressing one of such insinuations said he and Dogara are on the same page on how to handle President Buhari’s veto of the proposed sequence of elections.

The Special Adviser (Media) to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu in a statement yesterday said: “Our attention has been drawn to reports insinuating that there was a disagreement between Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, over how both chambers of the National Assembly will react to the withholding of assent by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

“We wish to inform the public that there is no such disagreement between the two leaders, and indeed the two chambers of the National Assembly.

“The Senate President and the Speaker, as heads of the two chambers of the National Assembly and representing the views of their colleagues, will want everybody to know that they are on the same page on what is the appropriate reaction to the President’s withholding of assent on the Electoral Act amendment bill.

“There is no disagreement between the two chambers as well as their presiding officers. The leadership of the two chambers constantly hold discussions and are in agreement on what to do, how to do it, when to do it and why it must be done.

“The issue at stake is not personal. It is about deepening democracy. It is about improving our democracy and the National Assembly is on firm constitutional and legal grounds to amend the law as well as take decisions in the manner they have been responding.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
About two years after the demise of his wife, the General Overseer of Christ Apostolic Church, Vineyard of Comfort popularly known as CAC Agbala Itura, Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara yesterday said he is prepared to re-marry.

The cleric made the revelation at an elaborate send off service held in his honour as the retired General Evangelist of CAC Worldwide in Bashorun, Ibadan.

While giving his farewell speech as the retired General Evangelist, Prophet Abiara said: “It’s a year and half my beloved wife Christiana Aduke Abiara went to be with the Lord.

“I missed her so much. It was all over the news when the event took place. A lot of people are wondering and asking questions what would I do?

“I told them I am waiting on God, that whatever He tells me I will do. Well, by God’s grace, I will remarry in few days time and you will be informed.

“I consider it imperative to re-marry because it was stated in the Bible. It was in the Bible that if a man loses his wife or a woman loses her husband, he or she must re-marry, particularly because of the nature of my work.

“My children have held a meeting that it was not good for me to be alone in the house as all of them have travelled out and God spoke to me that I must do it and by the grace of God,  you will get informed soon, ” he disclosed.

Speaking on his retirement, he said contrary to people’s notion that he wants to quit the work of God, he is still an active worker in God’s vineyard, saying his retirement is to obey the church’s constitution which makes it compulsory for officers to resign after clocking 75.

He also added that God has given him an assignment to establish a foundation after his retirement, which will cater for the less privileged.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
A timely intervention by the police and other security agencies yesterday prevented what would have been a bloody clash among youths supporting President Muhammadu Buhari and those rooting for Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State.

The Buhari supporters who are beneficiaries of the Npower scheme had gathered at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) for walk to mark one year of the empowerment programme in the state.

Some youths believed to have been mobilised from the Government House stormed the place singing the praises of Fayose and his ‘anointed’ candidate Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola.

As the Npower beneficiaries displayed banners hailing Buhari for empowering them through the scheme, Fayose’s supporters displayed various placards hailing the governor and proclaiming support for Olusola ahead of the governorship poll.

Tension mounted as youths on both sides exchanged words.

The pro-Buhari youths described the action of pro-Fayose youths as “provocative.”

But policemen and other security agents quickly intervened and dispersed the pro-Fayose youths.

They also protected the pro-Buhari youths to the venue of their celebration at AB Hotel, along Olora Road.

The scenario is seen as a dress rehearsal for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti expected to be a fierce battle between the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justifying their action, a pro-Fayose youth, Ajibade Segun, said: “A few months ago, Governor Fayose invited us to the Government House and promised those of us who are NPower beneficiaries in Ekiti that we would get permanent employment from the state government.

“This is why we are happy and we are now coming out to campaign for the Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola. We are here supporting the continuity agenda of his Excellency Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose and supporting Olusola Eleka for governor in July 14.

“To the president we are saying that we don’t want just a temporary relief in the name of Npower from massive unemployment in Nigeria. We want permanent employment.

“We also want the number of beneficiaries of the Npower in Ekiti to be more than what we have presently. But most importantly, we want a permanent job like the governor has promised to give a good number of us,” he said.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Chairman of Senate Committee on Navy, Isa Misau, has assured work will soon commence on the building of the Navy War College in Idundu, Cross River State.Misau, who was on a visit to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Nigerian Navy, told reporters the clearing and fencing of the over 120 hectares of land where the War College would be situated would soon kick off.Misau, who was conducted round by the Flag Officer Commanding of the ENC, Rear Admiral Matthew Emuekpere, visited the site of the 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
It is a universe out of sync indeed. Not since the height of the Cold War has the civilized world witnessed such an evil distemper abroad and a nasty disquiet at home. Something strange and inexplicable is beginning to happen to the post-Cold War order, hinting at a possible reconfiguration of the global order and international relations.A year after the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the exiled and estranged half-brother of Kim Jong11, the maximum ruler of North Korea, in a bizarre incident at 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
MUCH more than any other state in the North, Benue State is the touchstone of the bruising and bloody battle raging between herdsmen and farming communities in Nigeria. If the federal government cannot get the hang of the crisis in that bloodied and now bowed state, it will be hard to see them get it right elsewhere. All the indices of the battle are starkly evident, not in the silhouetted forms that often entrance leisure theorists propounding esoteric reasons from safe distances, but in the br 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, yesterday assured that the era of fuel scarcity is gone for good.Receiving the Man of the Year Award from Nigeria NewsDirect newspaper, the NNPC GMD said that the corporation had learnt a great lesson during the recent fuel scarcity in the country.We have actualized the lessons learnt, part of which is to ensure that at any point in time, there should be sufficient products available for distribu 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Microsoft founder, Mr. Bill Gates, is full of praise for Nigerian businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for what the American philanthropist describes as his generous contribution to global health.Gates says he is amazed by Dangotes generosity with his resources and time.Speaking ahead of the release of the 2018 Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letter to a group of journalists from different African countries in a telephone conference, Gates said: I am always amazed how generous he has been both with 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development (OSOPADEC), Hon. Gbenga Edema, has assured the people of the state that the 51-kilometre Araromi seaside-Akodo-Lekki road, when completed, would facilitate economic development of the coastal communities in the sunshine state. He commended the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for making the project a reality.Speaking with reporters after the take-off ceremony at Araromi in Ilaje local government, Edema said the present administrati 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
PDP blames illegal importation of military gadgets for killings Judicial panel underwayTHE 12 persons were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in parts of Kogi East during the outgoing week Governor Yahaya Bello stated yesterday.He assured a judicial panel will be instituted to unravel what took place during a spot visit to Oganeinigu.He commended the army and other security arms whose efforts he said brought normalcy to the area.He condoled with the people, assuring that such will not repeat it 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Sterling Bank Plc yesterday took its financial inclusion drive to the next level with training of over 20,000 secondary school students nationwide to mark the 2018 edition of the Financial Literacy Day.The lender also staged a quiz competition among students from 42 schools in Lagos with winners going home with attractive prizes.Its Managing Director and ChiefExecutive Designate, Abubakar Suleiman, led other executive and senior management team for the exercise as he taught students of Owerri Gi 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Is this health week' I dont know. If it is, then we are in order. If it is not, can somebody please declare this a health week so that we can make some demands' For my part, I have only one demand, and it is that the Federal Ministry of Health should urgently set up a cancer centre in this country. That it has not done so, so far, is extremely egregious to me, and speaks somewhat of the rather preoccupied air of our leaders.(Some minutes later) Reader, I have just found out that the Wo 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
SINCE the New Year killings by herdsmen in Logo and Guma local government areas in Benue State, the relationship between the Federal Government and Benue State Government has worsened.The killings by suspected Fulani militia in the state peaked when herdsmen launched blistering attacks on predominantly Tiv farmers, using sophisticated weapons, and leaving 73 farmers killed on January, 1, 2018. Shortly after the New Years bloody gift, Benue State Government started the implementation of its anti- 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
READING in the social media, the harangue signed by the Convener of a group called Broom United Movement (BUM), Mr. Fuad Oki, some weeks back, I got strung-up with the level of hypocrisy and shenanigans in our politics and in our polity. The speech, an inadequate lecture note on POL 301, exhibited stupendous expertise in fictional creativity. The lecturer, a serial political manipulator, engaged himself in rhetorical and polemic narrative on the fundamentals of political science without establis 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Following fear that the battle for the succession of Governor Rochas Okorocha has put a knife on the things that held the leaders of Imo Governments Rescue Mission Team together, Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, takes a closer look at the top leaders of the group fighting for the APCs ticket to contest for the governors plum seat THEY are the leaders of Imo Rescue Team, the favoured political sons of Governor Rochas Okorocha, who dominated the political theatre of Imo State in the last seven year 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
On-Air-Personality, Adekeye Esther, popularly known as Cutekimani, recently emerged as the only female that made Top 17 Young Social Media Influencers. Expressing her thoughts on entrepreneurship, she speaks with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI about the lack of effective utilisation of social media on the Nigerian youths, among other issues.ARE you contemplating going fully into acting'I have always been an actress, from nursery school. Ive featured in a few adverts, stage plays, and even after th 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Recent developments in the South-West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are sources of fresh concerns, reports Assistant Editor, Dare OdufowokanAHEAD of the 2019 General Election, which the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to win with a landslide, there are fears that the South-West zone of the party may once again be thrown into a very serious crisis that will militate against the performance of the PDP during the forthcoming general elect 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Olusola Ogunowo, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Nationwide League One (NLO), literally, has sport running in his veins. The graduate of sports science, who joined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 18 years ago, in this interview Tunde Shamsudeen, speaks about NLO, love for sport and family life. Excerpts.What personal joy have you derived in football administration so far' I derived joy in telling people the truth, letting people know the fact, how to work with the fact and if you 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
As the race for the APC ticket in the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State hots up, one of the aspirants, Bamidele Faparusi, was recently received by the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state as he formally inaugurated his campaign working team. Daniel Adeleye, who covered the event, reportsIT was a mammoth crowd of All Progressives Congress, APC, stalwarts, members, loyalists and lovers of Hon. Bamidele Faparusi who converged his Adebayo area Campaign office in Ado 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Super Eagles midfielder, Etebo Oghenekaro, is enjoying a new lease of life in the most populous city in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands following his recent loan move to Spanish club UD Las Palmas, reports MORAKINYO ABODUNRIN.It is indeed a new beginning for Etebo Oghenekaro, the Super Eagles all-action bustling midfielder, following his recent loan move from Portuguese club CD Feirense to Spanish club UD Las Palmas.The 22-year-old can be regarded as one of the most improved playe 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
It is not the greatest love story that was almost never told like the Shakespeare secret affair but a journey of passion and grace.But the process of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 was also as beautiful and some of the intrigues made it even more fascinating. The Super Eagles were well underrated after they failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) under a lot of scrutiny and their competence questioned.Those c 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Host of the recently Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Morocco have proposed using 14 stadiums and budgeting to spend 15.8 billion dollars on infrastructure if it wins the right to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2026, the countrys bid committee announced at a news conference on Saturday.The country however said it will not need to build new stadium but will renovate and modify existing venues and add temporary capacity to others, said candidature chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy, who is a 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Most businesses experiencing the adverse effect of economic downturn need to wait for this: literally wake up and smell the coffee!That is the candid advise of Mr. Victor Eburajolo, who leads the Kewalram-Chanrai Group, the over 100 years old conglomerate with diverse interest in automobile, pharmaceuticals, agric and agro-allied sectors, to mention just a few.Speaking in an interview with our correspondent, Eburajolo who is Group Deputy Managing Director, while recounting the experience at Kewa 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Something that happened two Fridays ago, precisely March 9th, completely changed our lead story for this week. There are stories that can wait but some can not really wait. This one cannot, because of the life-saving message which must be passed on. On the said date, as we sat down to some refreshing soft drinks and barbecued meat, we observed some men mixing energy drinks and stout at the popular Anchor bar in the Ikeja.As the fairly well dressed middle aged men downed their drinks in relish, o 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Three Crowns milk has announced its 30th anniversary and partnership with the Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) to promote healthy eating habits and active lifestyle. The foundations logo now endorses Three Crowns milk offering of heart friendly, complete nourishment.Unveiling the partnership recently in Lagos at the event centre, Bolajoko Hall, Lateef Jakande Road, Ikeja, the Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mr. Ben Langat, said Three Crowns milk considers it a great privilege to partne 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Through fourteen seasons now, Nigerias leading provider of quality foods and household products, NASCO Group, has facilitated sponsorship of the NASCO Moments Radio Talk Show. NASCO Moments is a 30-minute programme on radio, which primary aim is to empower the listener with life transforming, educative and beneficial information, with a family focus.NASCO Moments radio talk show debuted in June 2014. It is currently into its 14thseason (with each season spanning a period of 13 weeks). The show i 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The federal government needs to step up efforts aimed at reigniting the growth in the key sectors of the economy, in order to achieve full recovery from the lingering economic downturn assailing the populace, Bismarck Rewane has said.Rewane, who sits atop as Chief Executive Officer, Financial Derivatives Company Limited, made this submission in Lagos at the BUSINESS EYE Annual Roundtable Discussion tagged, Ensuring Sustainable Recovery and Growth in a Fragile Economy.Taking a retrospective look 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Lagos State government last Thursday bowed to pressure as it announced revised rate initially pegged for the Lagos State Land Use Charge (LUC) Law. Laudable as the state government decision is, like Olive Twist, stakeholders who have raised their voices above the din would rather the government give more concessions. Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf in this report, examines all sides of the argumentOne policy that raised so much dust in the last couple of weeks, for obvious reason, is the Lagos State 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Several decades ago when the great Tai Solarin wanted to establish the nexus between painful sacrifice and break throughs, he reached for a famous saying he credited to Jawaharlal Nehru, Indias illustrious first Prime Minister. You cannot make omelets without breaking eggs, he said, throughout the world, there is no paean without pain. Simply put according to the Oxford Advanced Dictionary, you cannot achieve something important without causing a few small problems. And the late Solarin added: T 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Alhaji Mohammed Tukur, Managing Director/ Chief Executive, Afrijet Airlines has impressed on the federal government, the need for caution over calls by the National Assembly to carry out audit of Dana Airlines.Tukur who addressed a news conference at the weekend in Lagos, said, the need for restrain becomes necessary in view of the fact the call for audit has clear political undertones.According to him, Airline business all over the world and its regulation are all the same and never have we hea 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Kehinde Bamigbetan, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, addressed a press conference at the weekend where he shed light on the controversial Lagos Land Use Charge Law. Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf was there Justification for Lagos Land Use Charge (LUC).All over the world one of the fundamental human rights is the right to own property. Therefore people are very sensitive about that right if its constrained one way or the other by the authorities. But as l always say in all my media 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Dr. Abel Afolayan is the National President of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP). In this interview with Tony Akowe, he speaks on the pension situation in the country, the delay in concluding pensioners verification by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, the situation with the Contributory Pension Scheme and much more. Excerpts:What is the update on the pension situation in the country today'As at today, the pension is being paid regularly and it has been paid up to Januar 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The story of liberal democracy flourished when the Soviet Union fell into irreconcilable parts and eastern Europe smothered under communist ideology went on a tear of disintegration. West exulted and one of its noted intellectuals, Francis Fukuyama, announced gloatingly that liberal ideas would now rule the world. So, Fukuyama and his uproarious choir proclaimed the end of history.Fast forward to 2018. And that celebration sounds too optimistic and premature. This age is aflame with a sense of i 
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