NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday,  13  May, 2018.


Sun, 13 May 2018
As part of the moves to oust President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in 2019, the major opposition parties and third force elements are expected to hold joint and separate talks in the coming days with a view to forging an alliance and supporting one presidential candidate.

Some of the parties that will participate in the discussions include the Peoples Democratic Party, the Olusegun Obasanjo-backed African Democratic Congress, and the Chief Olu Falae-led Social Democratic Party among others.


 
Already, the Nigerian Intervention Movement, co-chaired by Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Dr. Abdujalil Tafawa-Balewa, is presently holding alliance talks with the Coalition for New Nigeria, a coalition of 35 political parties.

The NIM said in a statement that it was holding separate and joint meetings with the Labour Party, United Progressive Party, Action Democratic Party, Action Alliance and several others.

It stated, “The NIM Coalition team has just ended a marathon coalition talks separately and jointly in Abuja at various locations with the Labour Party, United Progressive Party, Alliance for New Nigeria, Action Democratic Party, and Action Alliance in a process of setting up a national grand electoral alliance for 2019.

“All the parties have, by and large, agreed to the NIM’s terms and therefore asked to go and reaffirm the endorsement of their leadership organs and structures to avoid future problems.

“The MOU with the prospective coalition party and other parties in the electoral alliance will be signed next week after due consultations with their various leadership organs and the steering committee meeting of NIM must have given its nod and endorsement.”

It was learnt that the SDP was expected to hold talks with the NIM next week as well.

The Obasanjo-led Coalition for Nigeria Movement had adopted the ADC as its party.

The National Coordinator of the Obasanjo coalition, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, had told a gathering on Thursday that there was still room for the ADC to forge alliance with other interested parties to oust Buhari in the next general elections.

Speaking with our correspondent on Saturday, a source close to Obasanjo said the move had spurred others into action, not wanting to be left out.

The source added, “We have just nine months to the elections and the other groups, especially the NIM, were being slow about it. So, Obasanjo felt time was running out. With what he has done, others have woken up and the alliance talks are beginning to move quicker.

“In the coming days, you will see defections and re-alignments as the main opposition begins to take shape.”

Sun, 13 May 2018
A former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has won the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in the state

He polled 941 to defeat other aspirants including a former governor of the state, Segun Oni, in the primary conducted under a tight security.


 
The minister of mines and steel development won the primary despite stiff opposition from some of the aspirants, who campaigned vigorously against him.

Other results as declared by the committee are, Adesua Oladiran (04), Adeyanju Bodunde (03), Ajayi Adebowale Oluranti (01), Yinka Akerele (11), Kola Alabi (14), Aloba Adebisi (07), Gbenga Aluko (86), Ayo Arise (02), and Opeyemi Bamidele(08).

They also included Femi Bamisile, (179), Bimbo Daramola (28), Oladipupo Ogunkoya (01) and Adekunle Esan with no vote, Bamidele Faparusi (23) and Sesan Fatoba (43).

Fayemi in an interview with one of our correspondents, said he owed the victory to God, his fellow aspirants, the APC and the people of Ekiti who he wanted to serve.

He said, “The confidence repose in me by delegates who are exco members of our party is truly humbling. I owe the gratitude to them. We have a challenge, we must rescue Ekiti State.”

At the rescheduled APC governorship primary on Saturday, tight security was put in place to forestall a repeat of the ugly incident that marred the exercise when it was first held a week ago.

There were fears of disruption of the primary by thugs, with the time given by the Independent National Electoral Commission to all political parties to submit their governorship candidates remaining a few days. Such disruption could have resulted in the APC’s possible inability to present a candidate.

Sun, 13 May 2018
A Nigerian mother of two, Queen Obioma, has sued United Airlines, claiming she and her two children were booted from its plane because a passenger complained she smelled pungent. Obioma said she was traveling fromLagos,Nigeria, to Ontario,Canada, on March 4, 2016, when an airline employee escorted her from the plane before takeoff. The Nigerian said [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Olushola Ricketts Background I was born in Tottenham, London, United Kingdom. My late mother was from the northern part of Nigeria while my father is a native of Ile Ife, Osun State. I have two elder brothers and an elder sister. I grew up in a religious home. Education Before coming to Nigeria, I was [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Former Nigerias Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has slammed those she termed mischief-makers for putting words in her mouth, saying she described former governors Rotimi Amaechi and Raji Fashola, now ministers, as scavengers. Okonjo-Iweala, who was also a former minister of finance during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was reacting to reports [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
The grieving father of four children who were killed in a family mass murder and suicide case that rocked Australia said Sunday their grandfather was to blame for what he called a planned shooting. Aaron Cockmans children three boys and a girl aged eight to 13 were among the seven people found dead [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
A wave of blasts, including a suicide bombing, struck churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding dozens of others in the deadliest attack in years to strike the worlds biggest Muslim-majority country. The Southeast Asian nation, which will begin the holy fasting month Ramadan this week, has been on high alert [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
To promote Nigerias culture and tourism, Onga, a brand of Promisador Nigeria, has launched a new reality new weekly magazine family television show, known as ONGAcious. Speaking recently to journalists in Lagos, the Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria, Mr. Abiodun Ayodeji, said the company had chosen to sponsor ONGAcious because it had a lot to do [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
MUDIAGA AFFE writes about money woman, a marriage culture in Becheve in the Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State, where indebted parents give out their daughters in marriage to creditors A four-hour lonely walk in the thick forest of one of the mountainous Becheve communities in the Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Ogieltaziba and Daniel are the children of the late environmental activist, Dr. Oronto Douglas, who was also a former Special Adviser (Research, documentation and strategy) to former President Goodluck Jonathan. They talk about their father with TOLUWANI ENIOLA Briefly introduce yourselves. Ogieltaziba: I am the first child of my parents. I am 13 years old [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae, speaks with PETER DADA about the state of the nation and the forthcoming general elections What is the motive behind your recent meetings with some elder statesmen across the country' The purpose of my recent [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
The President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Dr. Felix Omobude, speaks on the spate of violence in the country, among other issues, in this interview with ALEXANDER OKERE What is the PFN assessment of the state of security in Nigeria' The situation in the country as it affects security has been very troubling to [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Julie Okah-Donli, speaks with OLALEYE ALUKO on her life, career and other issues How did you start your career and where are some of the places you worked before you joined NAPTIP' Prior to joining the agency, I had worked in some [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
A former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services) of the University of Lagos, Prof. Duro Oni, shares what fatherhood has taught him with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS How did you meet your wife' We met during the preparations for FESTAC 77. She was schooling at the University of Calabar and they came to Lagos to take part in the [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Onoshe Nwabuikwu The 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival opened last week Tuesday May 8, 2018. The opening ceremony featured excerpts from Pierrot le Fou, a 1965 film by Jean-Luc Godard, part of the French New Wave. The image for this years poster was taken from Pierrot le Fou. On the same night the [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
About 200 Southern Kaduna Stakeholders who are members of the Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation Committee working with the Global Peace Foundation Nigeria for peace in Southern Kaduna held a Dialogue Forum with Security Agencies on May 10 in Kafanchan. The forum brought together for interactive session heads of the various Security Agencies in the [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Talented Nigerian musician, Nuhu Zakari, better known as Nuzak, has blasted fellow musicians who use their songs to promote drug abuse. He said this yesterday during a meeting with some journalists in Lagos. The singer, who recently released the audio and visual of a single, The Boy, which he featured indigenous rapper, CDQ, said musicians [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Okey Chucks has emerged winner of the maiden edition of the reality music show, Sound Check Africa organised by Tim Godfrey. The show, which started with six weeks of intense master classes, training and in-house competition, saw Chuks winning five hundred thousand naira cash, a recording deal and other electronic gadgets. The first runner-up, Sunmisola, [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
A son of a former governor of Oyo State, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Dapo Lam-Adesina, tells OLUFEMI ATOYEBI how thugs beat him up during the recent All Progressives Congress ward congress in Ibadan Can you tell us your experience in the violence that broke out during the ward congresses of [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Communication and Strategy, Bolaji Tunji, in this interview with OLUFEMI ATOYEBI, says the allegations by members of the Unity Forum in Oyo APC against his boss are baseless The ward congresses in Oyo State were marred with violence last Saturday. As someone, who witnessed the scene at the [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu The Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has stressed the need for presidential and governorship candidates to make their medical records public before their election into office. Murray-Bruce, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Saturday, argued that such arrangement [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Tobi Aworinde An opinion poll conducted by SUNDAY PUNCH has revealed that many Nigerians want a law that compels candidates to submit reports on their medical status as part of requirements to participate in the 2019 general elections. The poll, which was conducted on the website of The PUNCH, www.punchng.com, between Friday and 5pm on [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Our Correspondents The obvious cracks in the All Progressives Congress manifested on Saturday when factions within the party held parallel Local Government Congresses in some states. SUNDAY PUNCH correspondents, who monitored the polls across the country, also observed that there were violence and protests in other states where parallel polls were not held. There was [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba The police high command has failed to sanction police operatives who were on duty during the invasion of the Senate chamber by suspected thugs who stole the mace on April 18. The police officers and other security personnel allegedly allowed the thugs to enter the National Assembly premises without proper security checks and [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has asked Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited to produce its sales representative who captured in a British Broadcasting Corporation documentary selling codeine syrup to undercover journalists who posed as illegal drug dealers. NAFDAC, in a statement by its Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said it [] 


Sun, 13 May 2018
John Alechenu There are strong indications that the next National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress will emerge by consensus. Highly-placed party sources, who confided in SUNDAY PUNCH in Abuja on Saturday, revealed that the ongoing ward, local government and state congresses were dress rehearsals for what would happen in June during the national convention. [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju The Federal Government will soon file a fresh extradition proceeding against the lawmaker representing Ogun East in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The development is as a result of the May 4, 2018 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, dismantling the restraining orders of the Lagos [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Umar Muhammed The Chairman, Benue State Traditional Council, Prof. James Ayatse, has said part of the crisis that led to the continuous killings of the Tiv by herdsmen is due to the recent anti-open grazing law enacted by the Benue State Government. The Tov Tiv said this in his palace on Saturday during a visit [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Enyioha Opara The Federal Government Home-grown School Feeding Programme is expected to spend about N784m every month to feed no fewer than 560,000 pupils in public primary schools in Niger State. The state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Amina Gwar, said the school feeding programme would create about 10,000 jobs and that about [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Olaide Oyelude The Peoples Democratic Party in Katsina State on Saturday held special prayers for the late former President, Umaru YarAdua, who it described as the backbone of the partys 16 years of governance in the state. The prayer session was attended by various Islamic clerics and scores of PDP members in the state, all [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Friday Olokor A conglomeration of 15 churches in the North, under the aegis of Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians) and the Evangelical Church Winning All, have commiserated with the Christian Association of Nigeria on the death of its General Secretary, Dr. Musa Asake. According to them, God should give the [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Chukwudi Akasike and Tobi Aworinde A man, Vaughn Itemuagbor, has narrated his ordeal at the hands of officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force in Rivers State. Itemuagbor, in a Facebook post, shared pictures of the bruises he sustained during torture last Sunday. The images showed his arms covered in scars [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa No fewer than four persons were said to have been killed, while six others sustained gunshot wounds on Saturday when operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and smugglers engaged in a shootout at Ilara, Imeko-Afon Local Government Area, Ogun State. Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred at the border town at about [] 


Sun, 13 May 2018
Samson Folarin No fewer than 20 students of the Igbajo Polytechnic, Igbajo, Osun State, have been hospitalised after some police operatives invaded the school. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the students, who were sitting for their exams, were tear-gassed around 10am on Friday. When news broke that one of the victims had allegedly died, our correspondent [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi The Oyo State Local Government election was on Saturday held across the state with the ruling All Progressives Congress in the position to claim landslide victory in the absence of other major political parties in the poll. Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr Cosmas Oni, said he was [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Sunday Aborisade, Ade Adesomoju and Olaleye Aluko Some senior lawyers on Saturday disagreed on the constitutional powers of the Senate to summon the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the spate of killings in the country and the alleged inhuman treatment of Senator Dino Melaye. Senior lawyers, including Messrs Emeka Ngige (SAN); Mike Ozekhome (SAN); [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo The two presidential aircraft, a Falcon 7X executive jet and Hawker 4000, that were advertised for sale in October 2016, have been returned to the Presidential Air Fleet, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The aircraft were returned to the PAF after the preferred bidders for the two jets reneged on their bid prices. The [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu The embattled lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said only his lawyers can determine his appearance before the joint Senate and House of Representatives committee that is investigating the attack on the Senates chamber and theft of the mace. Omo-Agege, while speaking with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, also denied [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control says it has sent out letters to the 36 states of the federation, asking them to increase surveillance as the Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo claimed 16 lives. The NCDC said this in a public health advisory on Ebola on Saturday. It also [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Photos: Saheed Olugbon/PUNCH 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Femi Makinde, Ado Ekiti The Chairman of the Ekiti State Governorship Primary Election Committee, Governor Tanko Al-Makura, has declared Dr. John Kayode Fayemi the winner of the election. He said Fayemi polled a total of 941 votes to beat 32 other aspirants while Segun Oni scored 481 votes and Kayode Ojo cane third with 281 [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Femi Makinde, Ado Ekiti Governorship aspirants who contested the Ekiti All Progressives Congress Primary against Dr. Kayode Fayemi have congratulated him for winning the race. Some the aspirants who have congratulated the winner are Bamidele Faparusi; Opeyemi Bamidele; Ayo Arise and Segun Oni. Fayemi polled a total of 941 votes to beat former Governor Segun [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Femi Makinde, Ado Ekiti Former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has won the All Progressives Congress governorship primary election. Fayemi polled a total of 941 votes to beat former Governor Segun Oni who scored 481 and 31 other aspirants in the rescheduled primary election held under a very right security. The Chairman of the [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
One person was killed and several injured Saturday night in central Paris by a man armed with a knife, who was shot dead by police, security sources said. The attack took place near the citys main opera house. Police indicated that the attacker had been overcome and his motives are unknown. AFP 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Punch Editorial Board For stopping the sponsorship of religious pilgrimages, the Lagos State Government saved N4.5 billion in the past three years. The money is being deployed to road construction and the provision of other social amenities for the benefit of all. This is a laudable step, as religion is decidedly a personal affair, which [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Gbenga Adeniji National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said the state congresses of the party were disrupted by those who still sought to impose their will on the majority. Tinubu stated this in an advertorial titled, 'APC congresses: Why We Are Here' on Saturday. Saying the party had to hold [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Femi Makinde, Ado.Ekiti The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi , has said the battle to reclaim the state from the alleged misrule has just begun with his emergence. Fayemi said this in his acceptance speech shortly after he won the governorship ticketon Saturday. The winner appealled to [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
The Managing Director of Genesis Worldwide Shipping, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, tells ANNA OKON about the impact of the modular refinery, a local ship building yard and the industrial island the firm is building on the Nigerian economy You are working on a modular refinery, tank farms and a ship, how soon will the projects be [] 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba Since the introduction of the Treasury Single Account in September 2015, the Federal Government has saved a total of N128bn from charges imposed by banks for managing funds belonging to the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government. The amount, according to investigations, represents the various charges and account maintenance fees, which where [] 
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