NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [28 March, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 28 March, 2018.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Citing the Nigerian Constitution and the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday shocked his party members when he raised objections to the plan to extend the tenure of elected and appointed executives of the ruling party at all levels, including its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, by one year, possibly saving the party from the series of lawsuits that would have arisen from the extra year handed the executives.


 
Rising from its meeting last month, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC said that it had extended the tenure of its national leadership and that of its state executive committees in breach of the party’s constitution.

The constitution of the party makes no provision for the extension of its executives’ tenure. The Nigerian Constitution also prescribes periodic elections for party executives at regular intervals not exceeding four years.
The decision would have required an amendment to the APC constitution, which can only be carried out by the National Convention of the party.

However, Buhari, who addressed the NEC meeting of the APC held at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja Tuesday, said extending the tenure of the officials would contravene the country’s constitution and that of the party.
Instead, he recommended that a convention should be organised at the expiration of the tenure of the current party leadership to elect new officials.

He said while Article 17(1) and 13.2 (b) of the APC constitution limits the tenure of elected officers to four years, renewable once by another election, Section 223 of the Nigerian Constitution also prescribes periodic elections for party executives at regular intervals, which must not exceed four years.
On the adoption of a caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the party, Buhari also said a caretaker committee cannot remedy the situation and cannot validly act in place of elected officers.

“I hope we will take the opportunity of this gathering to resolve outstanding issues and consolidate on our plans towards making APC the strongest defender of the interest of our people.
“In particular, I think it is important for me to speak quickly on the contentious issues of the tenure of our national and state executive officers.

“As we all know a motion was moved at the last National Executive Committee meeting of February 27 to the effect that when the tenure of the current executives expires in June this year, they should be allowed to continue for one year.
“On my own part, I have taken time to review and seek advice on the resolution and what I found is that it contravenes both our party’s constitution and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Tuesday, where he met with Governor Nyesom Wike, who is widely believed to be one of the major financiers and calls the shots at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


 
During his visit to the state, Atiku, who has contested for the Nigerian presidency for a record four times, also kicked off consultations with stakeholders in the state and once again declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the PDP.
This came as Wike called on Nigerians to team up to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 because of bad leadership.

The duo spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
In his remarks, Atiku reiterated his commitment to the creation of a new Nigeria devoid of favouritism, segregation and ethnicity, and one built on a foundation of industrialisation and economic revolution.
He said the problem of Nigeria was not the lack of resources or skilled manpower but the absence of leadership and the willpower that is needed to make conscious decisions and give adequate direction.

He said he was offering himself to set the country on the path of growth after the serial failure of the APC, which he left late last year.
He said since 2015, the APC-led federal government has destroyed the education, health and infrastructure sectors through poor budgetary allocations and releases.

“Since 2015, we have not seen a 100-kilometre road constructed by the APC-led federal government anywhere in the country,” he said.
The former vice-president also blamed the current administration for destroying the foundation of unity and cohesion of the country.

He said: “I have never seen Nigeria so divided along religious, ethnic and regional lines. This division is as a result of the mismanagement by the APC.”
The presidential hopeful called for unity in the country, saying that no component part of the country would be able to progress alone.

He called on Rivers PDP stakeholders to support his ambition to emerge as the party’s presidential candidate.
Also speaking, a former Enugu State governor, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, described Atiku as a detribalised Nigerian, with the capacity to rescue the country.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it may end up having up to 80 political parties for the 2019 general election.

The commission also said as part of the in-house cleansing, it has suspended 205 staff over various unwholesome roles in the 2015 general election.
INEC’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, disclosed this in his keynote address at national colloquium organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) yesterday in Abuja.
He said presently, INEC has received over 100 additional applications for new political parties, while nine had met the criteria.

“We may end up having up to 80 political parties for the 2019 general election,’’ he said.
He added the introduction of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has increased voter registration.
The INEC boss listed the top states in CVR as Rivers, Anambra, Borno, Delta, Lagos, Cross-River, Osun, Enugu, Kano and Plateau.


 
Mahmud said the commission had conducted elections in 179 constituencies so far, adding that of only five had been challenged in court which attested to the credibility of the elections.
The INEC chairman gave an assurance that the 2019 elections would be better than that of 2015.
Earlier in his speech, the Executive Director, ISDMG, Dr Chima Amadi, said INEC had been the most responsive of all government agencies involved in the election value chain.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The whistle-blower at the heart of the Facebook data scandal engineered by embattled data analysis firm, Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie, has named the Israeli firm that hacked into President Muhammadu Buhari’s private medical and financial records via his emails, in a bid to scare voters and sway the 2015 election in favour of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Wylie, while giving evidence Tuesday before the British Commons Culture Select Committee, which is investigating fake news, revealed that Cambridge Analytica used the services of an Israeli private intelligence firm, Black Cube, to undermine the Nigerian elections in 2015 by spreading propaganda to demoralise voters.
He claimed that SCL Elections, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, had been involved in a project in Nigeria in 2015, which involved hacking the private information of Buhari, who was running for president.


 
He also claimed Aggregate I.Q (AIQ), a digital advertising, web and software development company based in Canada, had distributed compromising material – known as kompromat – and videos designed to intimidate Buhari’s supporters.
According to him, “The company utilised the services of an Israeli private intelligence firm, that firm is Black Cube. That has not been reported, although Channel 4 has undercover footage that they haven’t been able to put in the public domain of Alexander Nicks talking about the relationship with Black Cube.

“Black Cube, on the Nigerian, project was engaged to hack the now president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to get access to his private medical records and his private emails.
“Aggregate I.Q (AIQ) worked on that project. AIQ was handed material in Nigeria from Cambridge Analytica to distribute online. That’s distribution of kompromat and of incredibly threatening and violent video content, which I’ve passed on to the committee.

“The video that AIQ distributed in Nigeria with the sole intent of intimidating voters included content where people were being dismembered, where people were having their throats cut and bled to death in a ditch.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Abraham Badru, son of Hon. Enitan Badru, a member of the House of Representatives, has been shot dead in the UK. Some of his neighbours whospoke with Evening Standardsaid Badru who had been to church earlier that Sunday was shot around 11p.m. when he was getting out of his car, near his family's residence in [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
N647.390 billed for distribution 'Adeosun reconvenes FAAC meeting today, calls for emergency meeting with NNPC GMD Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting where repre ssentatives of the three tiers of government gathered to distribute accruals from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for the month of February yesterday ended in [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Opposition party justifies apology Tobi Soniyi in Lagos and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The federal government and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tuesday took separate digs at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, admonishing the PDP to go the whole hog with its apology [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Nume Ekeghe Alta Semper Capital LLP, a private equity manager based in London with a specialisation in investing flexible and strategic capital across select African growth markets, Tuesday announced a partnership with Nigeria's leading retail pharmacy chain HealthPlus. Under the terms of the agreement, Alta Semper will be investing $18 million in HealthPlus, which will [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
To investigate allegations of bribe-for-votes against bill ' Senator sues legislature to stop probe on anti-senate comments Damilola Oyedele in Abuja The Senate yesterday formally put into motion the process of overriding President Muhammadu Buhari's veto of the Electoral Act Amendment bill 2018, by re-introducing the bill at plenary. The bill was passed through [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The United Bank for Africa (UBA Plc) has announced yesterday that its London subsidiary had obtained regulatory permission to carry out wholesale banking activities in the United Kingdom. Following the authorizsation, UBA is now the only sub-Saharan African bank to conduct banking activities in New York and London, as well as in 20 other countries [] 
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