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Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 27 May, 2017.

Sun, 27 May 2018
Indications within the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) point to a feisty national convention against the backdrop of the hard stance adopted by governors, ministers and senators over the control of structures within the party. Barring any last minute change of plans, the National Convention will hold on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Investigations by LEADERSHIP Sunday show that the conflict resolution mechanism within the party has not been effective following the spate of conflicts that trailed the congresses held at the ward, local government and state levels. Checks revealed that the seeming disarray in the conflict resolution mechanisms of the party in the wake of the congresses might not augur well for the party ahead of the convention. So far, governors are up against federal lawmakers or members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on  the one hand, while ministers and other party stakeholders have been locked in bitter tussle in states that are not controlled by the APC on the other. Consequently, the ward congresses were largely violent. Although the local government congresses were relatively less turbulent, the state congresses were marred by parallel elections. In some other states, the congresses did not hold as a result of court injunctions. But the party, through its national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, has since warned that “the only congress recognised by the party is that conducted in accordance with the party’s constitution, which was organised by the congress committee charged by the party to organise such congress. “We therefore regard any so-called parallel congresses as exercise in futility and attempt to cause confusion in

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the party. “We wish to reiterate that any party member who has any genuine grievances regarding the congresses should channel such through the Appeals Committee in their respective states.” But fresh indications within the party show that the grievances which culminated in the parallel congresses in most states have not been addressed decisively enough by the party leadership heading into the June 23 national convention. The situation is further compounded by the uncertainty surrounding the reconciliation efforts of the party’s national leader and former Lagos State governor,  Bola Tinubu. It was learnt that the intrigues that led to the delay in holding congresses as part of the build-up to the convention are yet to abate. Some state governors are said to be uncomfortable with some members of the NWC from their states and had wanted to weed them out through the convention beginning with the earlier congresses. The governors are suspicious of the NWC members who they feel might not be representing their interests well enough, amid a notion that they (NWC members)  may be working with rival interests to undermine second term ambitions, for those serving their first term in office, or the succession plans of those whose tenures will end by 2019. On the other hand, the governors have also been consolidating their grip on party structures in the states where they have running battles with federal legislators who are bent on seizing the structures of the party. With the governors now included in the convention planning as well as former governors who are now senators, the move is meant to assuage fears that interests would not be jeopardised. But allegations that some governors were not willing to hold any congress as they are trying to give automatic waivers and endorsements to present leaders presents another level of challenge. The names of key political figures on the list, is an assurance that they would still be given not only the party leadership in their states but also the opportunity to control party structures and produce delegates that would attend the congresses and the national convention.

Sun, 27 May 2018
The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged the global anti-corruption body, Transparency International (TI) to support, rather than condemn, President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption. ‘’Nigeria has never had a more transparent, more accountable government than the Buhari Administration,’’ the Minister said when he received a TI delegation, led by the chair of the body’s International Board, Delia Ferreira Rubio, in Abuja on Friday. ‘’As a policy, this government is the most committed to fighting corruption. We need your support in the area of advocacy and capacity building,’’ he said. Alhaji Mohammed said TI and the local civil society organisations affiliated to it have not offered the necessary support to the administration, adding: ‘’They look at the actions of an aberrant few to condemn the government.’’

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He said when the government disclosed that just 55 people stole 1.34 trillion naira between 2006 and 2013, and when it published the list of looters, in response to a challenge from the opposition, a section of the civil society was busy parroting the cliche that the allegations were one-sided, instead of supporting the government’s action. The minister also tasked TI and its affiliates to show more understanding for the sociological complexities of fighting corruption in Nigeria, especially because it operates a federal system of government under which the federal government has no control over the actions of the federating states. He said the administration is not just fighting corruption with laws and prosecution, but also with education and inclusiveness in government, citing the government’s ‘Change Begins With Me’ programme as an example of efforts being made to achieve attitudinal change among the citizenry. Alhaji Mohammed said Nigeria is succeeding in its anti-corruption fight because the fight is being led by a president whose integrity is beyond reproach, noting, ‘’Even his worst critics won’t say he indulges in or encourages in corruption.’’ He said corrupt persons are using looted funds to mount a virulous campaign against the administration, especially in the social media, because they know that the re-election of the President will spell doom for them.

Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe National Orientation Agency (NOA) has warned Nigeria to desist from hate speech saying, such speech is capable of depriving the nation of national cohesion, unity and progress. The director, NOA, Mr David Manya who said this during a programme organised by the Awareness For Good Leadership Peace And Development, entitled: ”Campaign Against Hate Speech []The post N17bn Bribe For Budget: Jibrin Dares Okonjo-Iweala To Name Beneficiaries appeared first on Leadership Newspape 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPNo fewer than 905km of local and international livestock routes across Katsina State have been earmarked for demarcation with 4240 beacons in phase one of the project expected to completed in six weeks. The chairman of the State Standing Committee on Cooperation Between Farmers and Herdsmen, Alhaji Abdulaziz Lawal K/Sauri, who made this known in []The post Farmers/Herdsmen Clashes: 905km Cattle Routes For Demarcation In Katsina appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

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Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe ECOWAS Parliament has said it will be resending MPs on a peacekeeping mission to Sierra Leone next month. The decision announced by the speaker, Moustapha Cisse Lo, came at the request of the Sierra Leonian MPs requesting the mediating presence of the parliament to smoothen the lingering tensions in the country. Addressing the speaker, []The post ECOWAS To Resend Mission To Sierra Leone appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPAs Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2018 Children’s Day today, Senate President Bukola Saraki has averred that no Nigerian child should go to bed hungry. According to him, while due attention must be paid to children’s health as part of the vision to make the country stronger, their safety is []The post Children’s Day: No Nigerian Child Should Go To Bed Hungry ‘ Saraki appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPMysterious retro Afro act, Ibejii is set to hold his maiden concert, The Ibejii Live Experience #TILX on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The event which will hold at the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), Victoria Island, Lagos, is an opportunity for lovers of alternative music to be regaled by the panache of Ibejii. Ibejii entered the []The post Music Artiste Ibejii To Thrill Fans On Democracy Day appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPLast sanitation exercise, executed by KEEP CLEAN FOUNDATION will go down memory lane as it reflected through passion and commitment to enhance hygienic environment in spite of the heavy downpour that was experienced earlier. Residents of APO Resettlement ‘celebrated the selfless disposition of the Queen Ijeoma Chikezie led team towards cleaning the streets of the []The post Cee-C, Chucks d General, Others Support Beauty Queens Street Clean Campaign appeared first on Leadership New 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPDevelopment specialist and policy implementation expert, Henry Anibe Agbonika was today awarded Igala Man of the year for his amazing contributions to the development of the agricultural value chain in Kogi State amongst other giant individual strides. The event held at the Ladies Kwali Hall of Sheraton hotel, Abuja was packed with dignistries. Mr Agbonika []The post Henry Anibe Agbonika Bags Igala Man Of The Year Awards appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPA deluge of investments are pouring into Nigeria’s off-grid electricity initiative which is targeting key economic clusters across the country. The initiative is conceptualised to free the national grid system that has proved unreliable even after unbundling the monopolistic National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) and eventual partial privatisation of the power sector in 2013. The []The post $2bn Off-grid Power Initiative Attracts New investors appeared first on Leadership Newspa 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is seen as a litmus test for the country’s security apparatus and its entire preparedness for the biggest sporting event on the planet. Europe has been a hotbed of security issues in the last few years in particular, and an event on the scale of the World []The post 2018 World Cup: Russia’s Security To Be Put ToThe Test appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

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Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPGareth Bale came off the bench to score one of the great goals in Champions League history and add to Loris Karius’ personal ordeal by sealing Real Madrid’s third consecutive European title with a 3-1 win over Liverpool. Much of the pre-match build-up centred on the anticipated battle between star forwards Mohamed Salah and Cristiano []The post Real Madrid Wins 3rd Straight Champions League appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPExactly a year ago, Lagos State turned 50. Nigerians came out in larger numbers to participate in the one-year long celebration of the coming of age of the State of aquatic splendor. The celebrations culminated in a spectacular show on 27 May, 2017 at the grounds of Eko Atlantic. It has been one year now []The post Celebrating Lagos At 51 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPANAYO ONUKWUGHA, in this piece, captures the interventions proffered by guests during the Democracy lecture held in Port Harcourt last week. On Monday, May 21, 2018, two prominent Nigerians, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev. Dr. Mathew Hassan Kukah and a seasoned constitutional lawyer and foremost Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Professor []The post When Kukah, Nwabueze, Stormed Rivers For Democracy Lecture appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPThe election into the 23 local government areas of Kaduna state may have come and gone, the drama that greeted the election leaves more to be desired of a free, fair and credible election in the country. ISAIAH BENJAMIN x-rays some of the issues prior, during and after the election in this write up. Since []The post Twists And Turns Of The Kaduna LG Polls appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPMrs. Olufunke Owolana is the Head of Schools, Redeemers International Schools (RIS), Apapa, Lagos. In this interview with ANTHONY AWUNOR, the educationist advises that children should be given a voice in all societies. The renowned teacher also testified that the federal government is now paying more attention to schools across the country. Excerpts: May 27 []The post May 27: Children Should Have A Say In The Society ‘ Owolana appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPDr Akin Ogunbiyi, Group Chairman of a Conglomerate firm with nine subsidiaries, is seeking to contest the Osun State governorship election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In an interactive session with select Journalists, Ogunbiyi speaks on debt profile of the state, the burden of godfatherism and monetisation in politics as well []The post Why I Want To Govern Osun ‘ Ogunbiyi appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPFor the 11th consecutive time, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has left the benchmark lending rates unchanged at 14 per cent despite a decline in inflation rate to 12.5 per cent. BUKOLA IDOWU looks at the likelihood of a rate cut soon. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of []The post Monetary Policy Rate Easing Not Yet In Sight appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPIndubitably the influx of 87 people into Lagos per hour on daily basis had since thrown up a lot of challenges for the state widely acknowledged as Nigeria’s economic nerves centre. In this report GEORGE OKOJIE takes a look a current at steps being taken to make the Lagos Mega city a globally competitive city-state. []The post Re-thinking Lagos As Mega, Smart City appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPFollowing heated politicking, intrigues and power play, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi State has finally settled for Architect Bala Sani Kangiwa as its chairman through a controversial consensus, YAHYA SARKI, writes Until his emergence as the party State Chairman, Bala Sani Kangiwa was the Commissioner for Water Resources. The state congress from which []The post Battle For Soul Of APC In Kebbi Mounts appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LEADERSHIPIn present-day Nigeria, language is a tool that can be strong and powerful in the hands of those who know how to use it. In this feature, ISABEST OMOREGBEJI writes about a Fulani woman who sells ‘agbo’ traditional herbal medicine and her distinguishing multilingual abilities. It is not uncommon to hear words such as, ‘Is []The post The Fulani ‘Agbo Seller’ Who Speaks Six Languages appeared first on Leadership Newspaper. 

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