NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [11 May, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 11 May, 2018.

Fri, 11 May 2018
The former governor of Edo State and an aspirant for the post of national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that he would rebrand and reposition the party if elected.

Oshiomhole, who disclosed this Thursday when he offered himself for election to the post at the national convention of the party, also said he was not capable of being used by anyone, in an apparent effort to discountenance suggestions that his candidacy enjoys the support of the presidency and several leaders and governors of the APC.

He equally said that he would operate an all-inclusive administration if elected chairman of the APC.

Oshiomhole’s mission statement came just as the party informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a letter that its convention will now hold on June 2.

APC had initially slated the convention for May 23, but moved the date due to the Ramadan fast starting on May 16.

The decision to hold the convention on June 2, THISDAY gathered, was taken in the transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi’s residence recently to avert litigation in the event the convention was held after June 13 when the tenure of the incumbent national chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other National Working Committee (NWC) members would have expired.

With their exit imminent, THISDAY also learnt that the NWC may have scaled down its interventions in disputes rocking the party, in anticipation of the emergence of a new leadership at the convention.

This, according to party sources, stemmed from the aloofness the party leadership has projected since receiving the petition of the New PDP (NPDP) members, who complained about maltreatment and marginalisation, and gave the APC leadership including President Muhammadu Buhari, seven days to address their complaints.

Speaking Thursday during his formal declaration to contest for the APC chairmanship seat, the former governor of Edo State said he would also strive to build a cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature.

Regarding the 2019 elections and Buhari’s reelection bid, Oshiomhole said: “The starting point is that the president is not a thief and we expect the same from all other ex- this, and ex- that on what character they must possess.

“My task this afternoon is simply straightforward, to announce my desire to contest for the national chairmanship position of APC and work to rebrand the ruling party, making amends where necessary.

“It is my hope that if and when elected as national chairman of the party, we will reposition and reorganise the party based on its philosophy of social democracy, which basically means a people-oriented, membership-driven and mass-based political organisation.”

Fri, 11 May 2018
The group founded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Coalition for Nigerian Movement (CNM), has fused with the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The merger was announced in Abuja Thursday by the ‎co-convener of the CNM, Mr. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, signposting his departure from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State and one of the signatories of the New PDP’s (NPDP) petition to the leadership of the APC, complaining of alleged maltreatment of its members, has also resigned his appointment as the chairman of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

He said the CNM was also ready to work with other political parties and groups to end APC’s reign and forge a new direction for Nigeria.

Elaborating on the decision of the CNM to merge with the ADC, he said: “The decision to move in to African Democratic Congress is in appreciation of the progressive essence of the party and its untainted existence on the terrain of our nation’s politics.

“While I on behalf of the leadership and the over three million members of the CNM congratulate ADC as the vehicle for national reinvention, I urge us to let us know that the task ahead is an arduous one that needs further strengthening of the forces of change.

“What I am saying is that we should be open to new engagements and alliances being forged and crystallising across the country.”

Oyinlola added that the movement was committed to the use of the tools of democracy to recreate a Nigeria that would truly serve all, irrespective of religion, tribe or socio-economic status.

According to him,‎ with the merger, the CNM had ceased to exist, having been formally collapsed into the ADC.

Continuing, he said: “This is just the first in a multi layered action plan to give back the country to its much deprived people.

“As we stated in January during the launch of the CNM, we are taking on this task not minding the inconveniences and other expected and unexpected consequences of our efforts at reinventing the country.‎”

Olagunsoye said the decision to collapse the movement into the ADC was informed by the need to form a formidable force to wrest power from the ruling APC during the 2019 polls.

He explained that the understanding of like-minded persons and organisations across the country was required to rescue the country from the APC.

He was optimistic that the governorship elections of 2018 and the general election of 2019 would be used to cure the curse and afflictions of failed leadership and perpetual underdevelopment in the country.

Fri, 11 May 2018
Damilola Oyedele in Abuja The Senate yesterday asked the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, to stop holding to the claim that he refused to comply with the invitation of the Senate for him to come and explain what the police are doing on the spate of killings across the country. The Senate has []The post Senate: IG's Claim for Shunning Summons Diversionary appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 11 May 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The World Bank Mission of 10 executive directors currently in Nigeria disclosed yesterday that part of its focus was to understand how the power sector is evolving in the country. The delegation led by Mr. Patrizio Pagano arrived Nigeria on Wednesday to hold high-level discussions with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi []The post W'Bank Mission Seeks to Understand Power Sector Evolution in Nigeria appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 11 May 2018
Damilola Oyedele and Alex Enumah in Abuja The Senate yesterday appealed the nullification of the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Federal High Court in Abuja. The Senate and its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is the second defendant in the case, also filed a stay of execution of the nullification of the suspension. []The post Court Nullifies Omo-Agege's Suspension, Senate Appeals Ruling appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 11 May 2018
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja The police have arrested 56 suspected militias, bandits and cattle rustlers alleged to have been responsible for the killings in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna and Zamfara States. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Jimoh Moshood, said the success was in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim []The post Police Nab 56 Suspected Militias, Others in Kaduna, Zamfara appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 11 May 2018
Appoints 21 new ones for the bench Tobi Soniyi in Lagos The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended Justice Michael Goji of the High Court of Adamawa State for compulsory retirement. The decision was contained in a statement issued thursday by the council's Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye. The judge was sent packing []The post NJC Sacks One Judge, Investigates 25 Others Petitioned by EFCC appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 11 May 2018
Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district, who is currently standing trial for alleged gun running and conspiracy, yesterday failed to be granted bail by a High Court sitting in Lokoja as the court adjourned till May 16 for ruling. The decision of the court was after a prolong legal []The post Again, Melaye Fails to Get Bail, Court Fixes Ruling for May 16 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 11 May 2018
APC reschedules Ekiti primary to Saturday Ojudu withdraws from contest Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja and Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun final preparations for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State. Speaking at a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), the commission's Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, []The post INEC Meets RECs, Ekiti REC Absent at Meeting appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Fri, 11 May 2018
Nigeria remains adamant on country's admission Alex Enumah in Abuja Morocco's application to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would be part of deliberations as parliamentarians from the subregion resume the 2018 First Ordinary Session in Abuja. The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Moustapha Cisse Lo, who made the disclosure []The post ECOWAS Parliament to Discuss Morocco's Membership appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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