NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [5TH APRIL, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Thursday, 5th April, 2017.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
A letter signed by twenty of the twenty four state governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC] is to be delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari shortly demanding that the party’s National Working Committee [NWC] led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun immediately constitute a Convention Planning Committee to organise a national convention to elect new national officers in June. 
Daily Trust learnt yesterday from top party sources that governors were signing the letter one by one following the deadlock and heated arguments of the previous day when the governors met with the president at the State House, Abuja.

 
Daily Trust learnt that as at late afternoon yesterday, 15 governors had signed the letter. First to sign was Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha. Others who signed were Governors Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Kashim Shettima of Borno, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo. 
Others who had either signed or were expected to sign include Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Andrew Obaseki of Edo, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa, Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa, Abdul-Fatah Ahmed of Kwara and Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa.
Our top sources said three APC governors were out of the country and did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. They are Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi. 
Daily Trust learnt that while the first two would sign the letter, the Bauchi governor could be swayed by his close friend, Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi, not to sign the letter. Amaechi is among the party top shots that are pushing for tenure elongation for Oyegun. Four APC governors who strongly advocate tenure extension are not expected to sign the letter. They are Governors Nasiru el-Rufa’i of Kaduna, Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo and Yahaya Bello of Kogi. The latter however was overheard saying at the private meetings, “Let’s go for the convention! What is there?”

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The governors’ letter to Buhari also demanded that the convention planning committee to be constituted “should be fair” and should “reflect all interests in the party.” This clause was added, Daily Trust learnt, because APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu circulated a draft list of convention planning committee members heavy with his allies from the defunct AC. The committee is to be made up of three members from each geopolitical zone, including a governor. 
Tinubu nominated persons such Senator Abu Ibrahim and Senator Lawal Shu’aibu from North West, Alhaji Kashim Imam and former SGF Babachir David Lawal from North East and Senator George Akume from North Central. All of them were AC members or his personal friends. 
Daily Trust also learnt that the push for a convention committee stemmed from the drama that ensued at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting at the State House. A top source said there was much confusion in the run up to the meeting. The meeting with Buhari was fixed for 2pm but another notice told the governors to come an hour earlier but when many of them arrived, confusion arose until Buhari walked in at 2pm.
The sitting arrangement was such that Okorocha, as chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum sat immediately to the president’s right, followed by Yari as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum [NGF], then Kashim Shettima as chairman of Northern States Governors Forum [NSGF], and then other governors in alphabetical order of their states. 
Okorocha therefore spoke first; he said APC governors completely aligned with Buhari’s speech at the party’s National Executive Committee [NEC] where he said tenure elongation for party executives was illegal. Yari spoke next and supported Okorocha but Shettima declined to speak.
At that point, Governor El-Rufa’i exploded. He accused Okorocha and Yari of speaking for the governors without authorisation. He said nobody could speak for him and nobody should misinterpret Buhari’s statement at the NEC meeting. The Kaduna governor said he knows Buhari better than all other APC governors because he has been with him since 2010 and he knows his body language very well. Buhari, he said, never said tenure elongation was illegal but that party leaders should go and discuss it.
President Buhari then spoke. He said after APC NEC voted in February to elongate executives’ tenure, he asked several lawyers to examine the decision in relation to the 1999 Constitution, Electoral Act 2010 and APC Constitution. All of them, he said, told him that the action was illegal and could be struck down by the courts. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N360billion for procurement of equipment to fight insecurity in the country.
The Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali, disclosed this to State House correspondents yesterday after a three-hour meeting the President had with service chiefs and heads of other security agencies.

 
“What I can add, after all that I have said is to inform you that of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval for the purchase of more equipment for the military, worth $1 billion,” the minister said.
The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led National Economic Council comprising state governors had last year resolved that  $1 billion be withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account to fight the insurgency.
The decision had elicited criticisms from various groups and individuals, including the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.
The defence minister said yesterday’s meeting discussed the current activities in most of the states of the federation, including Taraba, Zamfara and others.
He said government had “Operationalised a division in Sokoto, there will be a Brigade in Katsina and another Brigade in Zamfara that will take care of security situation in that area.

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“Of course, the strength of security personnel has increased, including the Air Force, additional quick response group, they have added enough manpower in that area.”
He said the government was still making efforts to ensure the safe release of Leah Sharibu, one of the students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents in February.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The National Rescue Movement (NRM) has urged Nigerians; especially leaders, not to overheat the polity and aggravate the current security challenges.
The party in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the prevailing tension in the land due to economic down turn, unemployment, poverty and armed banditry posed a serious challenge.

 
The spokesman of the party, Prince Chinedu Obi, said in the statement that the recent outburst credited to Gen. TY Danjuma calling on Nigerians to defend themselves was uncalled for because it was capable of aggravating the security situation.
“Although it is reaction to frustration over failure of government to adequately protect lives and property of Nigerians as enshrined in the constitution, Gen. Danjuma’s statement is not necessarily meant to incite the people to carry arms and defend themselves, but a call for people to be vigilant and the military to see the need to change strategy in dealing with the security situation where people don’t feel safe before they adopt self-protection which is the first law of nature,” the statement said.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial District, Jeremiah Useni, yesterday, formally expressed his intention to contest for the governorship seat of Plateau State under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 


Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) dominated the news this week over tenure elongation for members of its National Working Committee (NWC) led by Chief John Odigie- Oyegun. 

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Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Stakeholders of the APC in Toto Local Government (LGC) of Nasarawa State said yesterday that nobody has been adopted as consensus candidate for the position of chairman in the coming local government elections slated for May 26. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The National Rescue Movement (NRM) has urged Nigerians; especially leaders, not to overheat the polity and aggravate the current security challenges. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial District, Jeremiah Useni, yesterday, formally expressed his intention to contest for the governorship seat of Plateau State under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The only member of the APC in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan, has been arrested by security agents and whisked to Abuja. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Kaduna State Government, says it will require up to 65. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday dismissed media reports that there was disagreement between them and President Muhammadu Buhari over tenure elongation for the APC national and state executives. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) on Wednesday praised the Senate for rejecting the 350 million dollars loan application by the Kaduna State Government.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has ordered that one Abdulrahman Sally, be given six strokes of the cane for stealing a cell phone. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The FCT Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Corps Commander Ayuba Agora Wobin, has cautioned commercial cyclists against riding motorcycles under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Three persons were burnt to death after their bus caught fire at Sabon Gari village, on Abuja-Lokoja road. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
At least three persons were feared killed while many injured on Wednesday morning as electric pole fell on a commercial in Lagos. 

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Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has called for equal representation and recognition of all indigenous tribes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
In recognition of its outstanding role in empowering rural women and the less privileged, Ecobank Nigeria Plc. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
An Islamic scholar, Abu Mazeedatil Khayr Bn Saheed, has advised Muslim parents to organise regular trainings on Islam at home to prevent their children from being indoctrinated with wrong ideologies.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Oju Abiodun has lived with Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) for 10 years. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
An International Human Rights Lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, on Wednesday said Nigeria is playing with its food survival occasioned by the large number of people living in different displaced camps across the country. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Globally, accurate weather forecasts are a big deal. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
In the farming circle in Kebbi State, she is fondly called Sarauniyar Manoma (Queen of farming). 

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Thu, 05 Apr 2018
A recently released quarterly report on crop prospects and food situation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reveals that there has been a drop in the total coarse grains produced in the country. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
In the 1960s, Nigeria was one of the leading exporters of crude palm oil but has now lost the position to become a net importer to bridge a growing domestic demand gap. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Senate on 16th March 2018 passed the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill after its third reading. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said it is still gathering details on about $1bn share purchase crisis rocking Nigerias Unity Bank Plc and United States based Milost Global Inc. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
retains all key rates at MPC As oil prices maintain a sustained recovery averaging $57 per barrel with consequent increase in oil revenue distributed monthly to the federal, states and local governments, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned of the consequences of not saving for the rainy day. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Airlines operating in the country have come under more strident regulatory checks by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Nigerias National Economic Diplomacy Initiative (NEDI) is scheduled to be launched by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on today in Abuja. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Nigeria will be the administrative headquarters to steer the Northern Corridor electricity transmission project being planned for Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso, Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed, has said.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Andrew Ochei Odoh is easily Nigerias flag bearer in world golf and interestingly, the guy is not keen on dwelling on home honours. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The third edition of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Inter-Command Combat Sports Competition kicked-off yesterday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
We at the Golf Digest, six weeks ago, mentioned that the new management of the Bauchi Golf Club led by Hon. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted his stunning bicycle kick in Real Madrids win over Juventus on Tuesday was probably the best goal of his whole career. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Liverpool produced a blistering first-half display to stun Manchester City 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield on Wednesday. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Barcelona secured a 4-1 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp to take full control of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Roma. 


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