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

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Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 5th May, 2017.

Sat, 05 May 2018
After months of speculation and deliberations, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) will today conduct its ward congresses in the build-up to the much anticipated national convention. The party had recently adjusted the dates to the primaries to accommodate concerns from the governors elected on its platform. It said the dates for its congresses and national convention were rescheduled, taking cognizance of the Ramadan fast. Consequently, the national convention earlier fixed for May 14 would now hold at a later date to be determined by the National Working Committee (NWC). According to the new timetable, May 5, 12 and 19 would be used to conduct ward, local government and state congresses respectively. However, the notice of the timetable to the Independent National  Electoral  Commission (INEC) on the proposed convention date, as signed by the party’s national secretary, Mai Mala Buni, had already been leaked in the social media. The correspondence, with reference number “APC/NHDQ/INEC/19/018/010” and entitled ‘Notice of Conduct of Congresses/National Convention’, said: “We write to advise that our party is

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scheduled to conduct ward, local government, state congresses and national convention to fill vacant offices arising from elapsing of time or appointment into government offices, death and other reasons as stipulated in Article 17 of our party’s constitution. “Please be informed that we also intend to conduct special local government congresses to elect delegates to our forthcoming national convention.” LEADERSHIP Weekend reports that governors and other chieftains of the party are making efforts to see that the exercise goes according to plan. … PMB Arrives In Daura For APC Ward Congress President Muhammadu Buhari arrived at his Daura country home yesterday to participate in the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress slated for today. The presidential jet conveying him touched down at Umaru Musa Ya’Adua Airport, Katsina, at exactly 4:28pm and, shortly after, he was conveyed in a police helicopter to Daura, Katsina State. The president had returned to the country from the USA on Thursday night after a meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday. Before arriving in Nigeria, Buhari had made a ‘technical stop-over’ in London that raised much anxiety among Nigerians. On hand to receive the president on his arrival at Umar Musa Yar’Adua, Airport, Katsina  were Governor Aminu Bello Masari, Senator Abu Ibrahim and the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, among others. 

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Sat, 05 May 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday in Abuja said its voters’ register was not substantially used in the February 10 Kano State local government election. The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the Commission’s Investigation Committee report on the alleged participation of underage voting in the election. This explanation is a response to the widespread allegations of underage voting in Kano which the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) used as a springboard to declare the election fraudulent and lacking in legitimacy. Following the national outcry, INEC on February 21 set up an investigation committee under the leadership of its national commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Nahuche. The committee was mandated to look into the allegations of underage voting during the election

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, whether the voter register was given to the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) by INEC as prescribed by law. Yakubu said though the commission did not receive any formal complaint on the matter, the committee was set up to address concerns that could create doubt about the voter register ahead of the 2019 general election. The chairman said that the committee had since submitted its report and INEC had carefully considered and accepted its finding and recommendations. “Based on its terms of reference, there are four key points in the findings and recommendations of the committee, which may be summarised as follows: “KANSIEC requested and received from INEC the Kano State register of voters for the election. “The register was produced for use for the election. However, the register was only sighted in a few polling units. In other words, the register was not used in most of the polling units. In fact, accreditation using the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) largely did not take place. “Given that the register was substantially not used to accredit voters before voting, it is logical to conclude that if underage voting occurred in the election, it was not due to any presence of underage registrants on the register of voters.

Sat, 05 May 2018
The Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja yesterday ordered the Nigeria Police Force to transfer Senator Dino Melaye to the National Hospital, Abuja, in view of his health condition. By his ruling, the Kogi CJ varied a Senior Magistrate Court’s order which had the remanded the embattled senator in police custody the previous day. The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah, gave the interim order in his ruling on two motions filed by the prosecution and the defendant challenging the ruling on Friday in Lokoja. LEADERSHIP Weekend learnt that the two separate motions from the prosecution and the defence teams had urged the court to vary the May 3, Lokoja Senior Magistrate Court’s ruling which had ordered the embattled senator to be remanded in police custody. The prosecution, led by Theophilus Oteme, Esq, the officer in charge of legal unit, Kogi Police command, in its motion sought that the lower court’s ruling be varied and the defendant remanded in prison custody as originally sought.

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However, the defence team led by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) made two applications: one asking for the granting of bail to the senator and another urging the court to order that Melaye be remanded at the National Hospital, Abuja, in view his health challenges. Arguing the motion, Ozekhome prayed the court, to in the interest of justice, abridge the time both motions would be taken because of Melaye’s critical health condition. “He was taken to the lower court yesterday on a stretcher and, as we speak, he is still on the stretcher,” he said. Ozekhome said that the life of the applicant was in danger since the police in the state had no medical facility to take care of him while in their custody. The Chief Judge, in his ruling on the applications, said that while both parties were on the same page in their call for variation, their destinations on the issue of bail were different. Ajanah said he was inclined to grant the prayers of the two parties in which they sought variation of the court order on the custody of the senator. He, however, conceded that it was only a fit person that could stand trial.

Sat, 05 May 2018
Not happy with the role of the Senators representing Kaduna State at the National Assembly (NASS) on the rejection of the $350 million World Bank loan for Kaduna State, Governor Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday, rained curses on the senators and prayed God to punish them. The governor, who was speaking at the official handing over of []The post $350m World Bank Loan: el-Rufai Rains Curses On Kaduna Senators appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure will leave the club at the end of the season, Pep Guardiola revealed, yesterday. Toure, who signed a one-year contract at the end of last season, joined City from Barcelona in 2010 and quickly became one of City’s most influential players, playing a starring role in the Premier League title []The post Toure Will Leave Man City This Summer ‘ Guardiola appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

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Sat, 05 May 2018
Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo has thrown his weight behind the national team, urging them to take the game as they come and put up a good fight against their Group D opponents. Yobo, who is the Super Eagles all-time record appearance holder at the World Cup, said Gernot Rohr-led squad is blessed with []The post WORLD CUP: Eagles Are Talented, Fearless, Yobo Warns Foes appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
Brazil star Neymar flew back into France on Friday to rejoin his club Paris Saint-Germain after an operation on a broken foot bone in March. An AFP photographer at the scene took shots of Neymar seemingly at ease as he strolled to an awaiting van wearing sports shoes, no sign of a foot brace and []The post Neymar Flies Into Paris After Operation appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it’ ‘ George Orwell It is a truism that many Nigerians today, are disillusioned about the ugly trend of things in the country’and justifiably so, many have lost hope on whether the situation could be reversed for the better. []The post Of Kwankwaso And Nation’s Demands appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
Values are the set of ideals that determine the choices and priorities of an individual or a society. And those choices indicate the price or value the individual or society places on themselves. If an individual believes that material wealth and possession are the make-ups of life, you will see expression in crude greed and []The post Nigeria: A Conversation On Values appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
Constitutional governments run on the principle of checks and balances. This principle is applied by the different arms of government to stop one another from getting too powerful or over-bearing. It provides for example, that the executive can veto bills from the legislature, while the legislature can override executive veto. Checks and balances are the []The post NASS Must Not Be Stunted, Undermined appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
Kingsley Oriaku is a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and an aspirant to the House of Representatives to represent Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency of Abia State in 2019. In this interview with ONYEANUNA ONYEDIKACHI, he speaks on what prompted his ambition to represent his people. As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, what []The post We’ll Start Repairing Abia State From 2019 ‘ Oriaku appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

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Sat, 05 May 2018
Abdulfatai Yahaya is a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State. He shares his desires and plans for the state with OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU in this interview. What informed your aspiration to govern Kwara State in the next political dispensation’ The intention is simple. It is a way to align []The post Youths Must Take The Chance To Make Nigeria Better ‘ Kwara APC Guber Aspirant appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
Mr. Adebowale Taiwo Jante, a social activist and the convener of the political pressure group, Concerned Citizens for Atiku in this interview with Gabriel Atumeyi, talks of his perception of the present state of governance, politics and the candidacy of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the lead up to 2019 presidential election Given your []The post We Are Losing Potentials ‘ Jante appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
LIFE IN BRIEF Dooga Rita Nguumbur was born on the 12 March, 1987 to the family of Mr and Mrs Dooga Daniel Agenda of Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State. She is the sixth child in the family of eight. She obtained her first school leaving certificate from Peace Nursery and Primary School, Makurdi []The post I Love Being Neat ‘ Dooaga appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sat, 05 May 2018
The Controller General, Federal Fire Service (FFS), Engr Joseph Garba Anebi, says they are considering amending the Fire Service Act to enable them compel state governments to implement the fire safety code as part of strategy to reduce fire outbreaks in the country. Engr Anebi, who lamented that a whooping N5.5 trillion had been lost []The post Nigeria Loses N5.5 trillion To Inferno In 5 Years ‘ Fire Service appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

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