NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [5TH APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 5th April, 2018.


Thu, 05 Apr 2018
In a move that may likely create confusion for the ruling All Progressives Congress, two governors on the party’s platform have concluded plans to convene an illegal National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. LEADERSHIP gathered that the governors, one from the North and the other from one of the Southern states, are bent on convening the meeting so as to force the idea of congresses at all levels – local, state and national, on party members. The APC constitution provides for a minimum of two weeks notice or seven days in the event of an emergency, before a NEC meeting could be convened. However, a competent source told our correspondent that “a letter of invitation for the meeting scheduled to hold Monday, 9th April has been backdated to accommodate the minimum mandatory 7 days notice stipulated by the law”. Our source, who cautioned against holding
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the illegal NEC meeting, expressed the fear that should the governors have their way, there will be more confusion as some members are likely to contest such illegality in the court of competent jurisdiction. Another competent source told our correspondent that the two governors who have been championing the move to do away with the John Odigie-Oyegun led executive of the party have created the impression that constituting a caretaker committee for the party was illegal. “In actual fact, it is not illegal to have a caretaker committee arrangement. States like Osun, Ondo, Edo, Ekiti and many others currently have caretaker committees” our source who is a chieftain of the APC said. Continuing, our source said: “The governors are rooting for congresses and once congress take place, considering the fact that we are few months away from the general election, it will create more confusion.” He urged relevant party stakeholders to do all that is possible in preventing the illegal NEC meeting from taking place. Meanwhile, governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) indicated yesterday that they are on the same page with President Muhammadu Buhari on the idea of tenure extension for the John Odigie-Oyegun-led leadership of the party.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alluded that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is experiencing death throes and pre-election trauma, stressing that it’s leaders are now in a frenzy over its unpopular presidential candidate, ahead of the 2019 general election. The PDP further claimed that there is confusion, backstabbing and vicious scheming within the APC, which is a tragic testimony that the ruling party has become politically decapitated by the evident dishonesty, greed, selfishness and lust for power by its leaders. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said it is now clear that the APC is an ideologically empty movement and a special purpose vehicle put together by egoistic strange bedfellows just for the purpose of winning political power and not for the good of Nigerians. The statement added “the APC is stewing in its own venomous broth.  The nation can now see why, even with a sitting President, the party is still finding it difficult
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to agree on simple issues, but always attempt to circumvent and violate the laws to push desperate agenda of their selfish leaders. “We call on Nigerians not to be deceived by the sudden law-abiding stance of the APC, as it is merely cosmetic and meant to cloak their hidden but soon to be manifested plots to manipulate the laws to push a self-succession plan of their incompetent candidate. “It is evident that APC has never had anything to offer Nigerians other than confusion, disagreements, economic recession, bad national image and painful bloodletting. “Nigerians must therefore remain alert and very wary of all activities of power mongers in the APC, who are so mortally afraid of elections that they are ready to destroy our democratic institution to achieve their selfish agenda of perpetuating themselves in power to the peril of our dear nation,” the opposition party said. PDP however said it has repositioned itself and “remains open with a level playing ground for all Nigerians to aspire for any position, without hindrances or manipulations, while ensuring strict observance to internal democracy at all level of our process.”


Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, has fixed Saturday this weekand Monday next week for primaries to elect candidates for the May local government elections in the state. The state publicity secretary of the party, Yekpowudu Yamba, made this known to our  correspondent yesterday in Lafia. He disclosed that a total of the 526 aspirants vying for elective positions in the forthcoming local council polls purchased forms for chairmanship and councilorship seat. According to him, out of the number, 72 chairmanship aspirants for the 13 local government areas in the state were screened, 3 were not cleared, while 426 councillorship aspirants were screened, 74 were not cleared. On what prompted the party to shift the primary from Monday and Tuesday to Saturday andMonday next week, the publicity secretary said the report of the screening committee which was submitted yesterday, forced the party to shift the date. He said the appeal committee of the party is sitting today Thursday, to treat all petitions and complaints. He commended governor Al-Makura for the bold step taken so far to conduct local government elections in the state.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, former Tanzania President, Dr.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, have commended the Kaduna State government for attracting significant foreign direct investments worth billions into the state. In a goodwill message personally signed by President Buhari in honour of the third Kaduna Economic and Investment []The post KADInvest: PMB, Ooni Of Ife, Tanzania Ex-President, Encourage More Investments In Kaduna appeared fir 

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Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Nigeria and other countries across the world would spend about $811 billion on 615 upcoming oil and gas fields in the next eight years, a research conducted by data and analytics firm, Global data has revealed. The money, specifically, would be expended on capital items, especially conventional oil, heavy oil, oil sands, and unconventional []The post Nigeria, Others To Spend $811bn On 615 Oil Fields appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has felicitated with the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, on his recent conferment of award 2018 NewsDirect Man of the Year. In a congratulatory message signed by Comrades Francis Johnson and Lumumba Okugbawa, President and []The post PENGASSAN Lauds Baru On 2018 NewsDirect Man Of The Year Award appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Ukrainian deputy minister of economic development and trade, Mrs. Nataliia Mykolska , would be leading an expansive delegation of businessmen and investors to Nigeria to open up more areas of economic cooperation between the two friendly nations. According to the president, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Prince Kayode Adetokumbo, the major areas []The post Ukraine To Expand Trade Relationship With Nigeria appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Oradian, a financial inclusion company, is set to build its community of visionary microfinance institutions, microfinance banks and cooperative societies in Nigeria with the deployment of cloud technology for digital rural banking to meet the Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) 80 per cent financial inclusion target by 2020. Through Oradian's toolset, which includes its []The post Financial Inclusion: Firm To Fast-track CBN's 80% Rural Banking Target appeared first on Leadership Nig 

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Thu, 05 Apr 2018
President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has said that his conglomerate was exploring more investment opportunities in Kaduna State. Dangote who spoke at the Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, yesterday said the move to scale up its investments in the state was informed by the 'great strides' being made by the state government on []The post Dangote To Boost Investments In Kaduna appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The federal government has expressed confidence that operations at the Lekki Deep seaport in Lagos State when completed would rake in over $200 billion. An optimistic President Muhammadu Buhari dropped this hint while speaking at the official commencement of the construction of the Lekki Deep seaport in Lagos. President Buhari said the project was in []The post Nigeria Targets $200bn From Lekki Seaport appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
Bottom-three in the division, Sunshine Stars and Kwara United go head-to-head in this clash at the Akure Stadium. It is the first time both teams will meet in the NPFL since September 2015 after Kwara United made a return to the division from the second tier. Kwara United have had to part ways with former []The post Battle Of Struggling Sides appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru yesterday challenged the consultant to the National Assembly on Petroleum Industry Reform Bill to take a comprehensive look at the issues in the oil and gas sector and make bold recommendations that could engender enduring reforms. Baru gave the charge []The post Baru Tasks National Assembly Consultants On PIB appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday retained the interest rate at 14% even as it urges restraint on local borrowing. MPC said the nation's economic indications are looking positive, with the recovery of the economy strengthening in view of the return to growth of the Services Sector. []The post Again, MPC Retains Interest Rate At 14% appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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