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Shock at APC NEC as Buhari declares: I’ll run
Posted By: Yusuf Alli, Abuja On: April 10, 2018 In: Featured, News, News Update
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It was supposed to be a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), but it turned out to be much more than that.

It became a forum for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare his second-term bid.

Many at the meeting, which held at the APC secretariat in Abuja, were shocked as he declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019.

The meeting, which rejected tenure elongation for APC Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC), granted them waiver to recontest, if they wished.

Present were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Jubrilla Bindow (Adamawa), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto),  Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Tanko Al-makura (Nasarawa), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Edo State Deputy Governor Phillip Shuaibu who represented Governor Godwin Obaseki.

There was pin-drop silence as the President made his declaration, which he said was in response to the people’s clamour for him to recontest.

A statement issued last night by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu quoted him as saying that he was reacting to the people’s wish.

The statement reads:  “President Buhari made the declaration at a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress.

“The President said he was responding to the clamour by Nigerians to re-contest in 2019, adding that he wanted to give NEC the honour of notifying them first.

“Shortly before making the declaration, the President presented a speech on the report submitted by the APC National Executive Technical Committee.

The Nation learnt that some excited NEC members started chorusing “Sai Kayi, Sai Kayi”(it must be you who should become the leader) after the President’s declaration.

A source in the Presidency said: “None of us (the associates) expected it that the declaration for second-term bid will be done by the President at the NEC meeting.

“All along, he had not been forthcoming on whether or not he will seek re-election. What we heard was that he disclosed his aspiration to very few people, including one or two ministers, to avoid leaks.

“This is the second time in two weeks that the President will surprise some of us. At the last NEC meeting, he raised some constitutional issues against tenure elongation without giving us any inkling.

“And barely hours after he spoke, he left for London. So, we had no time to ask him how he arrived at his decision to make the declaration on Monday.”

A source at the NEC meeting, who spoke in confidence, captured the mood there:

“The NEC meeting was almost being concluded when the President shocked all of us.

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“Buhari told us: ‘I came because of two things- to finally nail this tenure elongation and my ambition in 2019. I hereby announce to you that I am seeking re-election as permitted by the 1999 Constitution.’

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
THE proposed $1 billion for fighting insurgency will not be spent without appropriation by the National Assembly, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Ita Enang said yesterday.

He told State House correspondents: “In response to several issues raised about security fund sourced for at source from Excess Crude Account (ECA) to combat security challenges in the country and the several misreadings attending same, may l state as follows:

“That the said sum has not and cannot be approved for spending by Mr. President. That in accordance with best practices, Mr. President, having received approval of the sum from the National Economic Council (NEC) made up of all the governors, now had a meeting with the Minister of Defence, Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, among others to collate the need of each of the services and the money available for appropriation

“That Mr. President and the meeting having collated the need of each Service and the amount involved may now present same to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for detailed consideration, or in exercise of presidential powers, may communicate same to the National Assembly for appropriation.

“That this may be done as usual upon Mr. President consulting prior with the leadership of the National Assembly through the whole body of principal officers or the presiding officers of each chamber only, before originating the communication to the National Assembly

“That as at now, the process of approving the money for use is inchoate and still undergoing executive standard operating procedure before laying same before the National Assembly for appropriation.

“That the processes now being worked on are to fast-track this procedure so that it may be forwarded to the National Assembly while it is still considering the 2018 Appropriation Bill (Budget) for incorporation as Mr. President’s supplementary request under the 2018 Budget, or if completed, after the 2018 Budget, it may be forwarded as supplementary Appropriation Bill.”

According to Enang, as at today, Mr. President has not approved the release of the cash in whatever form.

He added: “In any case, before any sum is released from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, there must be Appropriation Act, Vote of Charge, Warrant, which is legally predicated on appropriation authorisation sub-head under the Act.”

Enang said the executive was conscious of the provisions of the Section 80 (3) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution.

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They state: “(3) No money shall be withdrawn from any public fund of the Federation, other than the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation, unless the issue of the money has been authorised by an Act of the National Assembly.

“(4) No moneys shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or any other public fund of the Federation, except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly.”

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
To boost non-oil exports, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) will provide N500 billion for local manufacturers, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said yesterday.

He told financial reporters at a workshop in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, that CBN would continue to take major steps to support the economy and the real sector. He was represented by CBN Deputy Governor (Corporate Services) Edward Adamu.

Speaking on the theme: “Sustaining economic growth beyond recession”, Emefiele said it was key to remember how the economy got into a recession in the first instance.

Nigeria, he said, entered recession because of the fall in oil prices from an average of about $110 per barrel to $28 per barrel; normalisation of monetary policy by the United States Federal Reserve System, which led to the stoppage of an injection of about $85 billion per month into the global economy; and geopolitical tensions among critical trading routes and partners around the world.

This, he said, led to a slowdown in economic growth, culminating in five consecutive quarters of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contraction, bottoming at -2.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, having grown by nearly seven per cent in previous years; rising inflation, peaking at over 18 per cent in January 2017, from as low as nine per cent in January 2016.

He said the foreign reserves would continue to grow, adding that the reserves may hit $50 billion sometime later this year.

According to him, there was also persistent increase in unemployment rate to 16.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2017, from 8.2 per cent at the same period of 2015; significant depreciation of the exchange rate, reaching N520 to $1 in February 2017, from as low as N155/$1 in June 2014.

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“In light of these and other policy responses, we are delighted that the economy has turned the corner with our worst days clearly behind us. For example, the GDP recovered after five quarters of continuous contraction, recording positive growths of 0.7 and 1.4 per cent in quarters two and three of 2017, respectively, and signalling an exit from the recession; inflation declined from a peak of 18.7 per cent in January 2017 to 14.3 in December 2017; exchange rate appreciated significantly from over N525/$1 in February 2017 to about N360/$1 today, tapering premium across various windows and segments of the market,” he said.

Emefiele said there was a boost in local production, which he attributed partly to the CBN’s development finance efforts and the dogged implementation of its foreign exchange (forex) policies. “Today, many local manufacturers are reporting major boosts to their revenue and profit. Whilst basking in the delight of these accomplishments, what then must we do to sustain them and ensure that we do not slide into another recession? Those of us who have been entrusted with leadership and policy making responsibilities must neither become complacent nor over-confident. We must strive to improve and sustain the same policies that have gotten us this far,” he said.

Emefiele said though the import bill might have fallen, the manufacturing and agriculture sectors still have a long way to go to attain self-sufficiency in those sectors.

“We must not be quick to discard the restrictive measures which aided our recovery simply because the metrics have improved. At the CBN we will continue to fine-tune our policies and strategies based on our understanding of evolving developments and supported by in-house technical analysis and simulations. We will remain proactive in ensuring that the welfare of Nigerians is optimised at any point in time.

In the area of development finance, he said the CBN would continue to provide access to much-needed credit to sectors with the potential to create jobs on a mass scale.

“In this regard, we will explore opportunities to expand the highly-successful Anchor Borrowers’ Programme to other crops and States,” Emefiele said.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Students of Ondo State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), yesterday marched on major streets of Akure to protest hike in tuition fee.Over 1,000 students blocked major roads, preventing vehicles and movement for hours.The protest affected commercial activities, as shop owners closed.Commercial drivers shun roads.The students, who converged on Oja Oba junction, Akure, condemned the hike in tuition fee from N25,000 to N180,000/N200,000.They accused the government of being callo 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
THE Force Headquarters Joint Task Team, led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Joshak Habilla, has recovered 2,753 illegal firearms from 13 states.Following what was described as an impressive turnout of the exercise, Inspector General (IG) Ibrahim Idris has extended the ultimatum for recover of illegal arms to April 30.The IG initially gave a 21-day ultimatum, which began on February 22 and will elapse on March 14, for members of the public to surrender illegal firearms in their po 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
THE Organised Labour has presented fresh demand for the new National Minimum Wage for workers to the tripartite committee, using current economic indices as its yardstick.It said the N56,000 earlier presented was no longer feasible.Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) General Secretary Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, who spoke in an interview in Abuja, said the earlier demand by labour, which was presented two years ago, has been overtaken by the present economic realities.The NLC scribe said that the fresh demand 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
With a declaration yesterday to vie again for his partys ticket, President Muhammadu Buhari has thrown his hat into the ring. OKODILI NDIDI, CHRIS OJI, BISI OLANIYI and MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE report the reactions of those in support and against the Presidents decision to renew his tenancy at the State House in Abuja for four more years. For President Muhammadu Buharis political future, the waiting game ended yesterday. He declared his intention to seek re-election next year.Buhari made the declaration 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
WILL the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, recontest for the top job at the partys convention'This was the poser yesterday, following the partys rejection of tenure elongation for Oyegun and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC).They and other party leaders at the ward, local government and state levels were, however, granted waiver to recontest, if they wished.Plateau State Governor and APC Technical Committee on Tenure Elongation 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has unfolded his re-election bid yesterday at the meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the prospects and constraints of his ambition for second term. The race for the presidency commenced yesterday.Unlike his predecessors who declared their re-election bids in big rallies, President Muhammdu Buhari informed All Progressives Co 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Home Affairs Chairman Layiwola Olawale spoke with Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN on why Lagosians are asking Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to seek re-election. What is responsible for the popular demand for re-election of Governor Akinwumi Ambode for second term'We are all living witnesses to what Governor Ambode is doing in Lagos State. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the architect of new Lagos, laid a solid foundation for the development of the state. Former G 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The death of Senator Mustapha Bukar (Katsina North), five days after the passing of House of Representative member Umar Buba Jibril, has set tongues wagging. The senators demise brings the death toll in the Eighth National Assembly to nine in about three years, reports RAYMOND MORDI Deputy Political Editor.THE passing away of Senator Mustapha Bukar, the lawmaker representing Katsina North in the upper chamber of the National Assembly last Wednesday has stirred the conscience of the nation. Bukar 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State Mr. Isola Fapohunda has said his motive is not primitive accumulation.He said he joined the race to make an impact through diligent service.Fapohunda said those seeking to enrich themselves have no business in politics.He said Ekiti would need a governor who will humble himself as a servant of the people and not a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Governor, who looks down on the people.Fapohunda, a lawyer, said leadership goes beyo 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ayetoro-Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.The defectors tore their membership cards and burnt their brooms as a mark of exit from their former party.They were led by former APC Deputy Chairmanin in Ido/Osi Council, Mr James Afolabi, and the Obanla of Ayetoro, High Chief Joseph Olaiya.They were received into the PDP by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola; House of Ass 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Olajumoke Orisagunas name might not ring a bell like other stars, but she is the bread seller who was made famous when photographer TY Bello accidentally took her picture during a photo shoot.The refined mother of two who is not tired of sharing her motivational story on how her life got changed revealed on her Instagram that she will be telling the full narrative of her life on one of her Vlog episodes.Speaking in her local dialect, she also noted that everyone should put in effort in whatever 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Popular actress and entrepreneur, Liz Anjorin, who celebrated her birthday over the weekend at her new boutique located on the Island, shared with her fans how the day went.Filled mostly with surprises from friends, one of the surprises of the day was the actress being named the Borokini Adini of Isobat likhaeri Islamic Foundation Home and Abroad under the umbrella Sheik Alh Hammad Olanrewaju Alfulanny.The 1st time I met him was @ hajj 2013, he greeted me as if we left Nigeria together.And we me 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
It was a beauty to behold at Establishment Lounge, Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Lagos, the venue of My Hood Live Concert convened by for rising artistes Neo Phlames and Laboskys penultimate Sunday.From the stage lights, to the smoke machine, visibly big backdrop, the serene environment, and composure of the artistes who performed to the delight of fans, it is difficult to believe that the gig was done as a non-profitable concert.The artistes in a statement revealed that they had to go the extra mile by 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Shortly after shooting Odun Ibole, a story of cultural values and traditions, Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Yewande Adekoya is not slowing down. She has embarked on the shooting of another culturally inclined project titled Ewatomi.Known for her love in promoting her culture to her environs and beyond, the actress has said that she is not ready to let 2018 go without making an impact in the movie industry. To that end, she has lined up several projects, which she says she will gradually unvei 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Following his successful debut single, Owo which features Seriki, budding rapper, Adebisi Joshua Segun, otherwise known as 8teen has released yet another promising single titled Jaiye. The feel good rap single beat was produced by Symkings and mixed and mastered by Daihard Beatz.The artiste who is delighted about his single said he cant wait to hear his fans and general public have the song on their playlist as he put his very best on the single.On where he draws his inspiration from, he said, F 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Latest Head of House, Alex has asked Biggie, a huge favour.This evening in her diary session, Alex begged Biggie to let her host one edition of the Big Brother Naija TV reality show, even if it is just once.She asked the favour, willfully, hoping Biggie to oblige her.Biggie I have one favour to ask. Please let me host a season of Big Brother even if it is in ten years time, She pleaded.A request which almost put Biggie at the edge.Biggie ended the session on a positive note. Not quick to make a 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Viewers of the ongoing Big Brother Naija ( BBNaija ) Double Wahala have taken to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction at Sundays single eviction.Some of the viewers expected two housemates, out of the six nominated, to be evicted, seeing that two housemates were evicted the week before out of four nominated housemates.They also pointed out that the show has two more weeks and only five housemates ought to remain in the final week, adding that the decision was unfair.@Dharamzy said, Biggie sh 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Japan has sent head Coach Vahid Halilhodzic packing less barely 66 days to the kick off of the World cup in Russia.Former Japan international Akira Nishino leaves his role as head of the JFAs technical committee to step in as head coach but will have only 10 weeks to prepare his players before their Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk on June 19.Halilhodzic was appointed in March 2015, having guided Algeria to the last 16 of the previous finals in Brazil, and the Blue Samurai advanced to 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said telecoms giant, MTN, has paid N165billion out of the N330 billion fine slammed on it in 2015 for subscriber identity module (SIM) registration infractions.Its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, spoke when the MTN Nigeria delegation, led by its Chairman, Dr Pascal Dozie, visited the NCCs Headquarters in Abuja.According to Prof Danbatta, MTN has so far had paid more than 50 per cent of the fine following its recent payment 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Director-General (DG) Dr Dakuku Peterside has vowed to stem the tide of criminalities on territorial waters, develop human capacity, ensure safety of vessels, remove wrecks and mitigate pollution.Peterside, who spoke with The Nation, assured indigenous ship owners and the international community that NIMASA would ensure the safety of their vessels, crew and cargoes to foster shipping business and trading.He hailed the partnership betwee 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is committed to the establishment of Single Window Operation (SWO) for government agencies at the ports to promote efficiency and ensure competition with neighbouring ports, its Managing Director, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, has said.Ms Usman, who spoke with The Nation, said the introduction of a Single Window Operation and automation of services at the ports were necessary to drive the change needed to reform the sector.The single window operation and automation, sh 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Corruption and infrastructural challenge have been identified as the bane of the shipping and clearing arm of the maritime sector.Speaking with The Nation in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer, Olas Motors Mr Samuel Anderson, said addressing the challenges would see shipping and clearing make huge contributions to the economy.The importer also alleged that the government has failed to provide basic infrastructure that would make the ports attractive for business.Comparing shipping in Nigeria to othe 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Importers and clearing agents at land borders have been urged to stop abusing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) to boost revenue and facilitate trade.World Cargo Investment Managing Director Adesope Aderoju, who spoke with The Nation at Seme Border, said ETLS was introduced by ECOWAS to facilitate the integration of trade and commerce among member states.He said the scheme was set up to eliminate barriers and promote free trade, adding that 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Despite on-going audit into its operations by Federal Government, Dana Air seemed to be enjoying investors confidence. Last week, an original equipment manufacturer, opened discussions with the airlines management to pave way for the acqusition of some airplanes.The deal to get new airplanes, it was learnt, will boost the airlines flight operations and put the carrier in a pole position to compete with others using relatively newer and fuel efficient equipment.Dana Air Managing Director, Jacky H 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released by Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria has shown that private sector business conditions improved at an unparalleled rate in March. This was led by record growth in new orders, employment and stocks of purchases.Panel respondents frequently noted an upturn in demand across the domestic market, whilst new export orders also returned to growth in the latest survey. Price pressures sharpened in March, with both input and output charge inflation registering 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Security challenges and the use of technology to run efficient airports in Africa will top the agenda as the Airport Council International (ACI) Regional Conference and Exhibition begins in Lagos this week. The ACI conference is holding in Nigeria for the first time President, ACI Africa, Saleh Dunoma disclosed this in an interview.Over 300 delegates from Africa and other parts of the world, he said, will examine issues bordering on security at airports, manpower development and other issues th 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Despite its wide roads, Abujas headache has always been its maddening traffic. Whether in the city centre or satellite towns, gridlock is a common sight. But the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has unveiled some traffic signal innovations that may sanitise traffic in the city, writes GBENGA OMOKHUNU.Abuja was created as the nations capital 40 years ago on February 4, 1976. On December 12, 1991, former military president Gen. Ibrahim Babangida moved the seat of government from Lag 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The newly inaugurated national president, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Prince Williams Akporeha has urged the Federal Government not to allow ongoing reforms in the oil and gas industry to lead to job loss or victimisation of workers.He NUPENG will do everything possible to safeguard workers welfare whilst requesting that the implementation of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the legislative and executive arms of government should not impact negatively on 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Obidigwe Chidozies dream came true when he was called to the Bar in 2016. The Nnamdi Azikiwe University graduate shares his story with ROBERT EGBE.FamilyIam Obidigwe Ekemezie Chidozie. I am 25 years old, from Mgbakwu in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State. I am the first child of six children: five boys and a girl.Second Class Upper at university and Law SchoolI attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, where I obtained an LL.B in Law with a Second Class Upper Division. I graduated 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Electoral bodies have the responsibility of conducting elections to enable citizens exercise their franchise to elect their leaders.Whoever secures the votes of the majority is entrusted with the mantle of leadership and it is to him that the electorate surrendersits political and financial rights.The choice of the majority may not always be the right one, and, although the minority will have its say, politics is a numbers game, so, the majority will have its way.But if privileged minorities for 

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