Newspapers Review: Stories That Made The Headlines This Monday Morning – 23 July 2018

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Defection: Your intervention too late, R-APC tells Buhari – PUNCH
Mon, 23 Jul 2018

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The Reformed-All Progressives Congress on Sunday said it was too late for President Muhammadu Buhari to start dangling juicy carrots before its members in order to stop their defection from the ruling APC.

The R-APC, which stated this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kassim Afegbua, took a swipe at the President and the APC.

The APC faction stated that the Buhari government was not a promise keeper because it had not fulfilled what it promised Nigerians during the electioneering in 2014 and 2015.

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In the last one week, Buhari and the APC had intensified efforts to prevent the defection of the R-APC members.

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2019 polls under threat from National Assembly, presidency rift – THE GUARDIAN
Mon, 23 Jul 2018

The renewed face-off between President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly over who calls the shot on budget matters could jeopardise the conduct of next year’s general elections. Specifically, legislative approval of budget proposals for the conduct of next year’s election by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is uncertain.

A member of the Senate Appropriation Committee and Chairman of its Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Rafiu Ibrahim (APC, Kwara South), queried the president’s motive.

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The executive cannot, at this time, ask that money for key capital projects be converted for elections, he said. “That is not planning. Since we held the last poll, the next election time had been fixed. Since we did the last election, we already knew when we must do the next election, as the Electoral Act stipulates. We already knew that a new government would be inaugurated on May 29, 2019.”

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Military says troops kill scores of Boko Haram – DAILY SUN
Mon, 23 Jul 2018

The military has said troops in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-east killed scores of Boko Haram during an offensive against the insurgents in Yobe State.
Army spokesman, Brig. Gen Texas Chukwu in a statement said troops encountered some insurgents at remote Sasawa village in Babangida Local Government of Yobe State.

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“Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole have killed scores of Boko Haram insurgents while countering an ambush staged by elements of Boko Haram insurgents along Sasawa Road in Babangida Local Government Area of Yobe state,” Chukwu said.

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APC, PDP in war of words over Saraki, Dogara, others – THE NATION
Mon, 23 Jul 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got yesterday a reply to its threat to boycott next year’s elections.

You are being hunted by your past, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole told the main opposition party.

The PDP fired back, saying APC was jittery over coalition between PDP and 38 others.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara and others are believed to be on their way to the PDP, but the APC is urging them to stay.

Also yesterday, Reformed APC chief Kawu Baraje said the group had decided to leave APC.

Oshiomhole said the PDP was being haunted by its past treatment of electoral contests as a do-or-die affair, adding that the APC will not be intimidated by any threat of the PDP or any other party as it was committed to the sustenance of democracy and the sanctity of one man, one vote.

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PDP Meets over Demand for Name Change by Allies – THISDAY 
Mon, 23 Jul 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday pushed forward its agenda for retrieval of power from the All Progressives Congress (APC), holding a meeting of its National Caucus last night, preparatory to today’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, to consider a demand by its allies for a change of its name before ongoing realignment of political forces could be concluded.

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The APC, however, responded with a flurry of discussions with its aggrieved members, massed in the reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC). President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the main target of the PDP’s deft political moves, was to lead the series of the discussions yesterday with a meeting last night with Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, also reportedly met separately with Saraki and rAPC Chairman, Alhaji Buba Galadima, along with former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, in Abuja. The outcome of the meetings was not known but was believed to be centred on how to pull the party back from the precipice it appeared headed.

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Kidney disease ravages Borno, Yobe, Kano, Jigawa – DAILY TRUST
Mon, 23 Jul 2018

Rising cases of kidney disease in the northeast states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, as well as Jigawa and Kano states have resulted in many deaths.
The cause of the renal disease, which affects mostly young people, is being attributed mainly to indiscriminate use of painkillers and hypertension.
A resident of Maiduguri, Jibrin Martins, who spoke to Daily Trust, said he lost eight of his friends to renal failure in recent times.
“The situation is scary. Within the span of 15 months, eight of my friends died. They all died of kidney failure. They are in their early 30s. Their families are devastated,” Jibrin said.
He said the development had generated so much confusion.

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A Consultant Nephrologist and Head of Renal Unit at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, who is also a visiting consultant to Rasheed Shekoni Hospital, Dutse, Professor Aliyu Abdu, spoke on the disease prevalence in Hadejia zone.
He said the complaints from the members of the public about the disease informed their decision to carry out a small study on the case and that the finding turned out to be true.
Prof Abdu said based on their findings a funding was secured from National Institute of Health USA by the Kidney Centre in Bayero University for a larger study in collaboration with Nigerian Institute For Medical Research (NIFMR).

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