NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 JULY, 2018].

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Impeachment haunts political bigwigs ahead of 2019 polls
Tue, 31 Jul 2018

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More political stalwarts may catch a cold if the 2019 elections continue to blow a gale of impeachments across the landscape.
While some are already sniffing hard, others have simply succumbed to the weather’s intrigues.

Yesterday, 19 of 27 lawmakers impeached Imo State Deputy Governor Eze Madumere over alleged misconduct, replacing him with Head of Service Callistus Ekenze.

The action defied a July 30 ruling by Justice Ben Iheka of the state High Court, which restrained the legislators and the Chief Judge, Paschal Nnadi, from proceeding with the impeachment, pending hearing and determination of the matter.

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Madumere had enjoined a good working relationship with Governor Rochas Okorocha. But things turned sour after he decided to succeed his principal.

Okorocha is backing his brother-in-law and Chief of Staff, Chuks Ololo, as next governor.

Also, political intrigues in Benue State took a dramatic twist yesterday as eight members of the 30-strong House of Assembly declared they would begin moves to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom.

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The governor last week defected from the APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Terkimbi Ikyange, Speaker until he was impeached last week, told reporters in Makurdi that a notice would be served on Ortom “within seven days”.

He had rejected his own impeachment, describing it as “an act of illegality”.

He argued that it did not follow due process because the lawmakers sat while the House was on recess.

Chief Judge of Benue State, Adam Onum, last week, restrained Ikyange from parading himself as Speaker, pending the determination of a suit filed by some lawmakers.

Ikyange said the plan to remove Ortom was prompted by anger over an alleged misappropriation of N54 billion.

But the faction that impeached Ikyange described the notice as “illegal”.

The lawmakers, who were forced to use the Old Banquet Hall, Makurdi, having been denied access to the Assembly complex, said the members behind the plot did not form the required quorum.

In a motion dismissing the impeachment plan, Majority Leader of the House, Avine Agbum, insisted Ikyange has been suspended for six months and moved for the suspension of all the members who attended the session where the notice was discussed.

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I am not bothered by defections in APC, Buhari tells Nigerians in Togo
Tue, 31 Jul 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is not bothered by the defections in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Responding to a question during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Togo at the Nigerian Embassy, Lome, Sunday night, President Buhari said most Nigerians appreciated the performance of his administration.

“I am not bothered about the defections. Ordinary Nigerians have developed confidence in us and are defending us. I assure you, majority of Nigerians back home are appreciative of our efforts.”

Buhari, who expressed delight in seeing the Nigerians who had travelled from the five regions of Togo to welcome him in Lome, said he was pleased to hear them commend the performance of his administration.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the President assured the Nigerians in Togo that his administration had remained steadfast in keeping to its three campaign promises of providing security, improving the economy and fighting corruption.

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Buhari said if past governments had utilised even 25 per cent of the huge oil revenue available to them, Nigerians would not be complaining today, citing the $16 billion reportedly spent on electricity and yet Nigerians could not see it.

He assured of his administration’s commitment to providing critical infrastructure and loans to farmers thereby cutting rice importation by more than 90 per cent.

President Buhari said all recovered illegally acquired assets would now be sold and the money paid into the treasury in the administration’s renewed anti-graft campaign.

“I assure you that we are making progress in security as some displaced farmers are returning to their farms. We will continue to work very hard for our dear country,” he stressed.

In his welcome address, the Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Joseph Olusola Iji, said the close to 2 million Nigerians in the country were law-abiding and peaceful even as he drew attention to the inability of the Nigerian Mission in Lome to issue Nigerian passports, making applicants to go to Ghana or Benin Republic.

While representatives of top bank executives commended the economic policies of the Federal Government, especially the Ease of Doing Business, agricultural revolution and anti-corruption campaign, various leaders of the Nigerian community also lauded the discipline, transparency and accountability that the current administration has introduced into governance.

They called for Federal Government’s assistance towards completion of the community’s ongoing school building project in order to overcome what they described as lack of good English schools in that country.

The Togo chapter of APC told President Buhari not to be worried about the defections from the party, assuring him of its support in the 2019 presidential election.

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More aspirants join governorship race in Kaduna, Ogun, Abia
Tue, 31 Jul 2018

A former Governor of Kaduna State, Mukthar Ramallan Yero, has declared his intention to run for the state governorship election next year on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said he had suffered humiliation and persecution in the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government because of his commitment to restore good governance when he returns to office next year.

The former governor submitted his letter of intent to contest the governorship position in 2019 to the party, calling for support to vote out El-Rufai and end the era of dictatorship and tyranny in the state.

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Addressing PDP stakeholders at the party secretariat at Kawo, Yero said: “I have had the opportunity to serve the state in various capacities as Commissioner of Finance, Deputy Governor and Governor. At the political front, my unflinching support and loyalty to the PDP is incontestable.”

In a related development, a former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Adegbenga Kaka, yesterday joined the 2019 race to the State House on the APC platform.

Kaka was Deputy to former governor Olusegun Osoba who ruled the state between 1999 and 2003.

The leadership of the party, in collaboration with Governor Ibikunle Amosun, has allegedly zoned the governorship position to Ogun West senatorial district.

But addressing the media in Abeokuta yesterday, Kaka, who was senator between 2011 and 2015, said the zoning arrangement was unacceptable.

Also, immediate past Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Martins Azubuike, has declared his readiness to challenge Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in next year’s governorship poll on the APC platform.

Azubuike, who was elected for a third term in 2015 on PDP platform and later became Speaker, was removed from office in December last year and thereafter defected to the APC.

Announcing his declaration at the Umuahia Office of the APC, he said his mission was to transform the state economy, stressing that the state has been “faced with the tragic consequences of poverty and underdevelopment across all sectors and localities.”

Meanwhile, a House of Representatives aspirant in next year’s general election, David Adetunji Adeyeye, has joined other Nigerians in calling for the country’s restructuring.

Declaring his intention to represent the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)/Bwari federal constituency on the platform of Young Progressives Party (YPP), he maintained that the country could not achieve greatness as presently constituted.

He enjoined the older generation of politicians to give room for the younger ones who, he said, were better equipped to lead the country effectively.

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Unibadan Arts Theatre now Wole Soyinka Theatre
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
The Council and Senate of the University of Ibadan have decided to rename the Arts Theatre of the university after Prof. Wole Soyinka. This is in recognition of his global status as a writer-activist and also the first African Head of the Department of Theatre Arts, which was founded in 1963. To be renamed Wole []
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Northwest governors hold agriculture forum in Kaduna tomorrow
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
Governors of the seven Northwest states will meet in Kaduna from Wednesday, August 1 to Thursday, August 2, to brainstorm on ways of improving agriculture for enhanced food security in the country. The planning committee of Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) said in a statement that the governors are to attend a workshop for []
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Okorocha urges Ohakim to list his achievements as governor
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha has charged his predecessor in office, Ikedi Ohakim, to list feasible achievements he recorded during his reign as governor from 2007-2011. Okorocha said this while reacting to what he described as Ohakim’s derogatory comments against him during his declaration to re-contest again as governor of the state. In a statement []
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I am not bothered by defections in APC, Buhari tells Nigerians in Togo
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is not bothered by the defections in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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CAF may stop Cameroon from hosting African Nations Cup
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
Reports from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) indicate that the continental football ruling body may strip Cameroon of the right to host the 2019 African Nations Cup.
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Ladipo market leaders urged to sustain peace, develop infrastructure
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
The President General of Ladipo auto spare-parts market, Jude Nwankwo, has urged the newly elected executives of Aguiyi Ironsi International Market (AIIM) to sustain the peace and security achieved by the past executive led by Chief Cyril Onyemaechi. Nwankwo made the appeal at the weekend during the election of new executives of the Aguiyi Ironsi []
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Adefarasin hosts African Praise Experience in Lagos
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
Pastorr Paul Adefarasin, the Senior Pastor at the House on The Rock at the weekend, hosted another successful edition of African Praise Experience. The massive turnout of many worshippers at the concert is a testament to the huge followership Adefarasin commands with his annual concert in Nigeria, irrespective of the different Christian denominations. Friday was []
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Police arrest woman for throwing baby into septic tank in Lagos
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
Police in Lagos State have arrested a woman for allegedly throwing her seven-month old premature baby into a septic tank over the weekend at Amukoko, Ajegunle area of the state. It was gathered that the 28-year-old suspect, identified as Arabe Basi, conspired with a woman called Iya Mana, who injected her, after which, she was []
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Corps members won’t be posted to volatile areas in Plateau, says coordinator
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
No member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Plateau State would be posted to crises-ridden areas, the state’s coordinator, Abdulsalam Alhassan, has said.
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