NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday 8th May, 2018.

Tue, 08 May 2018
Unless either of the parties backs down, a showdown is imminent between the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 27 governorship aspirants in Ekiti State.

The aspirants are demanding the sacking of the Tanko Al-Makura-led primary election panel, claiming that it was “compromised”.

They are also asking for a fresh shadow election in place of Saturday’s disrupted primary in which 33 aspirants participated.

They spoke after a meeting yesterday in Ado-Ekiti. But NWC spokesman Bolaji Abdullahi ruled out the likelihood of another panel because of time constraint.


 
He also said the primary might continue from where it stopped last Saturday.

Addressing a news conference, the aspirants, led by former Governor Segun Oni, rejected the position of the NWC, insisting that anything short of a fresh primary would not stand. They called for the constitution of a fresh electoral committee to conduct a fresh primary, saying they had lost confidence in the Al-Makura-led panel, which oversaw the botched primary.

The aspirants said: “Ballots used for last Saturday’s primary are no longer valid and tenable, having not been counted in the presence of everybody who witnessed the shadow election.”

At the parley were Oni, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, Hon Bimbo Daramola, Senator Ayo Arise, Senator Gbenga Aluko, Mr. Kola Alabi, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, Debo Ajayi, Dr. Bayo Orire, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi, Chief Diran Adesua and Mr. Ajayi Olowo, among others.

The spokesperson of the aspirants, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, said the integrity and credibility of the ballot papers used for the primary could no longer be vouched for, hence the need to conduct a fresh primary.

She said: “The whole world could see how they smashed the ballot boxes and displayed them on swampy ground that day. The ballot papers were not counted and we can’t vouch for its credibility any longer.


 
“By this act, the voting process has been violated and we are requesting for a fresh and new primary. We also request for a new committee to conduct the primary, because many of those in the panel are business associates of an aspirant. Some of them are incurably one sided.”

On the rumour that it was all a gang- up against Dr Kayode Fayemi, Mr. Kola Alabi said: “This is not true. We need transparency because he who comes to equity must come with clean hands.”

Tue, 08 May 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that Nigeria recovered about N7.8 billion, $378 million and £27,800 through the Whistle-blower’s Policy launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2016.

He also said the Federal Government met no savings in the accounts when the Buhari administration came on board.

Osinbajo spoke at the opening of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Week holding at the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, Abuja.

According to him, the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), which oversees the Whistleblower’s Policy in the Ministry of Finance, has  helped the government to save over N200 billion by eliminating ghost workers. PICA was established to clean up the payroll and pension system across all the ministries, departments and agencies.


 
Osinbajo said the government had included recovered assets in the country’s annual budget since 2017 and invested them in infrastructure as well as in the Social Investment Programme.

“All funds forfeited to the Federal Government are being included in our yearly budget proposals, for appropriation by the National Assembly,” he stated.

According to him, an executive bill has been sent to the National Assembly for the purpose of enacting a more comprehensive legislation on proceeds of crime.

Osinbajo said the Nigerian government was leveraging technology in a way that it had not been done before to underpin  President Buhari’s commitment to transparent and accountable governance.

He said: “Nigeria’s experience has shown that technology and innovation tools as well as social media platforms are changing the ways in which citizens engage with government, and empowering citizens and non-state actors to take a more active role in holding government to account.”

Osinbajo also said that the measures taken by the government to fight corruption since the inception of the administration in May 2015 included the implementation of the Single Treasury Account (TSA) “that existed mainly as an idea, without the appetite for serious implementation” and the establishment of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption ( PACAC).


 
Other measures, according to him, were a National Open Contracting Platform (NOCOPO) developed by the Bureau for Public Enterprises; the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) launched its Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Contracts Disclosure Portal in September 2017 to ensure the timely disclosure of contract information from project initiation through to implementation; and the Citizens’ I-Monitor Portal developed by the Budget Office through the Open Budget Survey Index.

Tue, 08 May 2018
New security measures have been introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari to combat killings in Kaduna, Taraba and Benue states.

The President yesterday expressed  outrage over the killing of 45 people in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State at the weekend.

He  said the killings were meant to “instigate war for selfish reasons”, adding that they are “not spontaneous”.

Buhari said: “I am deeply outraged by this unwarranted, unprovoked and reckless destruction of lives by bandits who belong to the lowest level of civilisation. I feel the pains and devastation of the families of the victims, and this administration will do everything possible to ensure we defeat these enemies of humanity.”


 
The measures to end the killings and general insecurity in the Middle Belt were stated  in a statement by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu yesterday.

These include the confirmation that a new battalion of the Army and a new Police Area Command have been sited in Birnin Gwari.

The statement said:  “The new Army Battalion and the Police Area Command are the latest in a series of law enforcement measures to ensure more effective protection of lives and property, in and around Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara and Nasarawa states.

“Last week, the Nigerian Air Force took delivery of two new helicopter gunships, for deployment to parts of the country affected by banditry.”

A Quick Response Wing has been established by the Nigerian Air Force in Taraba State. A Joint Military Intervention Force is in Benue State..

The Kaduna State Police Command also yesterday announced the deployment of three additional police mobile units to reinforce security in Birnin Gwari where 45 people were killed on Saturday in Gwaska village.

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance said yesterday that  the death toll in Saturday’s attack had risen to 71. The police announced on Sunday that 45 people were killed.

This group said information from the survivors of the Gwaska attack, also raised the fear of another another being planned

It called on the concerned authorities to take fi=urther security measures at Doka and Maganda districts to stop the armed bandits.

In a statement, the group added: “We are calling on the authorities based on reliable information from the survivors of Gwaska attack, that, Dogo Gide that killed Buharin Daji renegades are planning to attack other villages and towns.


 
“While commending the gallant vigilantes and volunteers as well as security agencies for their sterling performance in the rescue and evacuation of casualties, we are appealing for all peace loving people of Birnin-Gwari to be on alert and report suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies.”

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai yesterday visited communities in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area where hoodlums killed 45 people at the weekend.

He was at the palace of the Emir, Malam Jibril Zubair Mai Gwari II, where he met with the emir and community leaders, after which he proceeded to Gwaska, the scene of the fatal attack.

Governor El-Rufai according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Samuel Aruwan, expressed his sorrow.

Tue, 08 May 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to the United Kingdom today on a four-day medical holiday.The Presidency said yesterday that the President will honour an appointment having been told to returm for a meeting with his doctor.A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity Garba Shehu, said in the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington DC last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor.He was requested to 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Suspected millionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, yesterday broke down in tears at a Lagos High Court in Igbosere, claiming he was not being well fed at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, Apapa.He told Justice Adedayo Akintoye that he was being mistreated by prison officials, who were taking his case personally.Evans said he was being kept in solitary confinement and denied access to his doctor and visitors, among others.His complaints followed continuation of proceed 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday dismissed a suit by suspected millionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans), seeking the release of his seized 25 Mack trucks.Through his lawyer Olukoya Ogungbeje, Evans said the trucks were seized without a court order.Justice Rabiu Hadiza Shagari held that the suit lacked merit.Ogungbeje argued that the police forcefully confiscated the trucks from Evans on June 15 without any court order.He prayed the court to award N200 million as gen 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rev. Ephraim Ademowo, yesterday hailed Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his infrastructural renewal drive.The eminent cleric noted that the governors re-election next year is sure.Speaking at the opening of the third session of the 33rd Synod of the Diocese at Our Saviours Church in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) on Lagos Island, Ademowo said the governors achievements were visible.The cleric, who is retiring soon, said: W 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Ekiti State governorship aspirant Chief Segun Oni has petitioned All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and members of the National Working Committee(NWC) on the flawed governorship primary election.He said the system was compromised and accused an unnamed aspirant of hijacking the process.He said it was direct evidence of corruption and lack of regard for due process by the partys top echelon.He asked the party to jettison delegate election system for direct 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant Dr Kayode Fayemi, has faulted the reported removal of Ekiti State Chairman Chief Jide Awe, by some party members.He urged them to rescind the decision for the sake of the party and democracy.Fayemi, the minister for mines and steel development in a statenment by his Spokesman Yinka Oyebode, said he would not support any attempt to subvert the rule of law within the party.He urged those desirous of a change in the leadership of the 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni has alleged that one of the governorship aspirants nominated the secretary of the Electoral Committee that supervised the failed All Progressives Congress (APC) primary.Oni, an aggrieved aspirant, said the nomination of a friend of a fellow aspirant put a question mark on the integrity of the exercise.Speaking with reporters yesterday in his Ifaki home, Oni he the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the National Working Committee (NWC) to in 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The SDP is said to be the Third Force. What do you mean by that'Nigerians have tried the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and they have failed them. So, the SDP is providing the needed alternative that can deliver Nigerians from hardship. The party has what it takes to deliver Nigeria from the logjam caused by many years of bad governance. The two parties have failed and the Third Force is ready to restore hope, by rejuvenating the economy and restoring 

Tue, 08 May 2018
THE Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Electoral Panel, Alhaji Balarabe Abdullahi, has praised the decision of members of the Akwa Ibom State chapter to resolve their differences ahead of last Saturdays ward congresses of the party.In a press statement from the APC secretariat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State, made available to The Nation, Abdullahi said it was the peace deal that made their job of conducting the partys ward congresses in the state easier. The lingering dispute had been 

Tue, 08 May 2018
In this piece, Moses Olorode examines the succession battle in the Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) and the factors that will shape next years governorship poll in the Pacesetter State.As the nation prepares for next years general elections, political pundits are debating the options before the presidential, gubernatorial and legislative contenders. These debates are generally geared towards educating the electorate on their choice of political parties and the aspirants eyeing elective 

Tue, 08 May 2018
A group, Women in Grassroots Politics, has called for the re-election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Woman Leader, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu.The group commended Hajiya Aliyu, who is also the President of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) in Sudan, for her commitment to democratic ideals and open door policy.The group applauded her willingness to address issues that are germane to the growth and development of womenfolk.It said: The way and manner she has kept the AP 

Tue, 08 May 2018
With the introduction of Sister Lizzys Kitchen, her initiative to help feed less privileged kids in the society, Nollywood actress, filmmaker and author, Omoni Oboli has assured that the foundation will continue to suffice.Sharing the delight of having the opportunity to feed the kids, which kicked off in Makoko, on her 40th birthday, last April, the mother of three stated; Do you know that our feeding outreach program is a weekly affair' Every Sunday, we set out to feed at least 500 underp 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Penultimate Friday, urban highlife singer Adekunle Gold played to a choice audience at the third edition of Trace Live at the Terra Kulture Arena.Tagged Trace Live Presents Adekunle Gold: About 30, the event started with Golds band 79th Element serenading the crowd before he performed his songs. He wrapped things up with a choir backed emotional rendition of his current hit song, Ire off his sophomore album About 30 to be released later this month.The red carpet kicked off at 6pm with guests enj 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Indigenous telecommunication company, Globacom, has clinched the Power Brand Support Award at the Headies which held on Saturday, at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos.The award lends credence to the companys massive support for the nations entertainment industry over the years.The Headies, formerly called Hip-hop Award held its maiden edition12 years ago, recognizing and rewarding entertainment icons who have contributed to the growth and development of the nations entertainment industry.Ac 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Promising comedian, Ebiye Victor has tendered a public apology for making a distasteful remark about young musician, Aramide.The singer had expressed surprise when she was called out as the winner of The Best Alternative Song award for her song, Fun Mi Lowo Mi featuring Sound Sultan and Koker at the Headies, for which the comedian implied she may have slept with the organizer for the #Headies2018 award she won.He had shared a photo of the singer on his Snapchat, in which she was accepting the aw 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Prominent Nigerias broadcasting organisation, TVC Communications has announced a major programme output deal with BBC News.The agreement will enable TVC News and TVC; the two television channes operated by TVC Communications to broadcast 368 hours of BBC News focus on Africa for a period of two years, effective May 2018.A statement from TVC Communications says the deal is bringing superior quality, ground breaking documentaries, lifestyle programmes, youth news, sports features and finance progr 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Niniola, who was one of the performing acts at the just concluded Headies Awards, has come out to give explanations for the below rated performance on Saturday.She took to Instagram to write about the experience.I am thankful to everyone that messaged and called to enquire about my performance at the Headies Awards, she began.It shows a clear understanding of the typical nature of my stagecraft. I honestly was not going to address this issue but I was very firmly convinced within me that I owed 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Two Nollywood actors Chioma Akpotha and Ufuoma McDermott are currently taking a new course at one of Nigerias popular schools Pan Atlantic Universitys School of Media and Communication.McDermott who posted a picture of herself in a blue trouser suit at the entrance of the Universitys building, revealed that the new course is in collaboration with FilmOneNg.Having produced over 100hours of motion picture content, Im here for the #BusinessInFilm at the @panatlanticuniversity: School of Media and 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Theatre of Dreams is being considered as a potential venue for Anthony Joshuas next outing.As proven in his last three contests, Joshua has no problem selling out Britains most prominent stadia, and fans from the northwest of England could be treated to a fight close to home before 2018 is out.AJ has fought in Cardiffs Principality Stadium in back-to-back bouts and, before that, he and Wladimir Klitschko put on an epic war in Wembley.And now, Matchroom chairman Barry Hearn has admitted that 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Novak Djokovic got the type of win he needed to boost his confidence and get his game back on track.He beat 20th-ranked Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Madrid Open yesterday, his highest-ranked win in 10 months.Djokovic broke serve late in each set to get past Nishikori after nearly two hours in the Magic Box.Im glad that match went my way, but it could have gone his way as well. I managed to play the right shots in the important moments, Djokovic said. It was exactly what I nee 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Niger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be playing partners at the Players Championship for the first time in 17 years when the pair go head to head during the first two rounds of this years contest.The long-time rivals havent been part of the same pairing at golfs unofficial fifth major since the third round in 2001, where Woods holed his iconic better than most putt on the 17th green on his way to a one-shot victory.The 14-time major champion has played at least one round with Mickelson in 22 diff 

Tue, 08 May 2018
KIMI RAIKKONEN has hit back at rumours that he may leave Ferrari at the end of the season.The 38-year-old is in the final 12 months of his contract and speculation is rife that he is considering retiring.The 2007 world champion has had an illustrious career but is no longer considered to be on the same level as the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo has been linked with a move to the Formula One heavyweights, should he not be given a car to compete for a worl 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Gennady Golovkins trainer Abel Sanchez says the rematch with Saul Canelo Alvarez is farther away today than it should be due to the Mexican star not having enrolled in a drug testing programme since he was given a 6-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission last month on April 18 after testing positive twice for clenbuterol.With Canelo still not having enrolled in a drug testing programme a month after his meeting with the Commission, it makes Golovkin and Sanchez suspicious about 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi has expressed satisfaction with the quality of send off handed legendary former coach of Arsenal Arsene Wenger on Sunday.The Nigeria international who has never hidden his love for the Frenchman and the opportunity he provides for young players to showcase their skills, noted that the tie against Burnley which ended 5-0 in favour of the Gunners more than just a match and indeed lived up to expectation.This Was More Than A Match! Really Pleased We Gave You The Send 

Tue, 08 May 2018
* To miss remaining friendly matches* Sure to make squad to RussiaSuper Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, has flagged off light training after picking up a hamstring injury at Crystal Palace in April.The Super Eagles midfielder was forced off after 51 minutes of play as the King Power Stadium outfit were outmuscled by Roy Hodson side, giving Coach Gernot Rohr something to worry about ahead of the FIFA World Cup which kicks off June 14 in Russia.But, the 21 year old took to the 

Tue, 08 May 2018
A whopping $36.371billion was spent on the importation of petroleum products into the country in the last five years, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has said.The apex bank made this disclosure yesterday in Abuja during a public hearing of the Hon. Datti Garba Muhammad- led House adhoc Committee on the investigating of the state of the countrys four Refineries, their Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) to date and regular/modular licensed refineries.Director in-Charge of Research, Mr Ganiyu Amao, w 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Managing Director/Chief Executive OfficerMr Ahmed Kuru has attributed the failure of many domestic carriers to weak corporate governance principles.According to Kuru, until corporate governance is strengthened, domestic carriers will continue to fail.He said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) must show courage and ensure there is sound financial risk management systems in domestic airlines.In an interview in Lagos, Kuru referred NCAA to t 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The pay Tv industry has grown phenomenally in the country. This growth has not been without challenges, especially in meeting the expectations of subscribers. The MD/CEO Multichoice, John Ugbe, says only telcos have the technical capability to offer pay-as-you-go service. He says the option of pay-per-view is costly. He sheds light on the just concluded Big Brother Naija, the footprints of the firm in the country on the sideline of a media event in Dubai.What is your reaction to the assertion th 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Nigeria loses N1 billion daily to foreign vessels, ac-cording to official sources.A senior official of the Federal Ministry of Finsnce (FMoF), who craved anonymity, said there were many qualified Nigerians in shipping, but that they had no jobs. Using foreign vessels was not in the best interest of the nation because when the dependent country has a crisis, Nigeria may have challenges lifting its crude, he said.The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Director-General, Dr 

Tue, 08 May 2018
TO boost its expansion drive, Dana Air will kick off flights on Owerri-Abuja-Owerri route today.Flights into the new route, the airline said, are to connect the South East with Abuja.The airline said the new service is part of itscommitment towards providing dependable options for Imo people and ensuring seamless travel for business and leisure travellers.In an interview, Dana Airs Media and Communications Manager Kingsley Ezenwa, said:We are greatly delighted to introduce an additional flight o 

Tue, 08 May 2018
TO celebrate the Global Safety Day, APM Terminals Apapa Limited has embarked on initiatives that will promote safety at Lagos portsThe Global Safety Day is an annual international awareness-raising campaign to promote safe and secure working environment for workers.APM Terminal Apapa Managing Director Martin Jacob, who spoke with The Nation, said safety has been the companys watchword over the years, assuring that the company will continue to focus on enhancing safety standards.For APM Terminals 

Tue, 08 May 2018
THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) has urged Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to fulfil the promises he made over two years ago to turn around the sector.The pensioners noted that Sirika, a pilot, was yet to fulfil his promise to effectively concession airports and facilitate the payment of severance benefits to former workers of the Nigeria Airways Limited.FAAN NUP Chairman Comrade Rasaki Ope and the Secretary, Comrade Emek 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Planet Projects Managing Director Mr Biodun Otunola is a man racing against himself. He is determined to deliver, by October, the Oshodi multi-terminals projects under construction, and he is stopping at nothing to achieve this. The terminals, he said, will be 90 per cent ready by July, by which time, it should start attracting local tourists.Two things, he said, would be permanently resolved when the Oshodi terminals are completed: high level of criminality and environmental degradation.Once ev 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Delta Association of Cham-ber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (DACCIMA has urged the Federal Government to prevail on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to remove the black spot label placed on Warri Port.Its President, Mr Simon Asite, made the appeal in Warri, Delta State.He said the label connotes that the port is unsafe for business during the heat of the unrest in the oil-rich city many years ago.The maritime operator said removal of the label would help to convince t 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has begun moves to shore up its revenue.Its Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, said this became imperative because of the rising commitments in upgrading navigational infrastructure, enhancing air traffic management services, building staff capacity and meeting other personnel costs.Akinkuotu, who spoke while receiving the report of the Revenue Mobilisation Committee set up by the agency, said the management would study the report and implemen 

Tue, 08 May 2018
FGs decision to hire additional 6,000 policemen is good but we need a comprehensive reform of the forcePresident Muhammadu Buhari has ordered hiring of 6,000 constables to supplement what is officially estimated as 291,685 existing officers to police the countrys 195 million citizens. In terms of statistical evidence and citizens anecdotes about the police and the general atmosphere of insecurity across the country, more especially killings of citizens, increasing the staff strength of the polic 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Governors who have failed to rise to the demand of raising sufficient revenue internally should be sanctioned by the electorateThe Bill Clinton Campaign Organisation was, in 1992, credited with the phrase, the economy, stupid. Clinton, then governor of the small state, Arkansas, was locked in a grim battle with the incumbent President of the United States of America, George Bush. As a country in the middle of a recession, Americans who had earlier approved the performance of their President swun 
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