NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH AUGUST, 2018].

Saraki, Dogara, INEC chair meet in Abuja today
Tue, 07 Aug 2018

Following pressure on the National Assembly to cut short its recess to consider the N242 billion supplementary budget request to fund the 2019 general elections, both chambers have agreed to meet the management of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders.
The leaderships of the Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to meet with the electoral umpire today within the precincts of the National Assembly to discuss pending issues of the election budget and other salient matters.

There have been claims and counter-claims that the Presidency had hatched a plot to break into the national Assembly and illegally convene a plenary to approve the supplementary budget meant for INEC to conduct the forthcoming election.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 17 written to the two chambers seeking the approval of a budget totalling N242 billion for the conduct of 2019 general elections, while also seeking the virement of some projects already inserted into the 2018 budget.

According to the president’s letter titled: “Request for virement & supplementary 2018 budget” read on the floor of both chambers barely a week to the scheduled annual recess, the National Assembly was being requested to approve the virement of the sum of N164 billion from the 2018 budget.

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In the request, the president indicated that N228 billion be deducted from the projects worth N578 billion, which the Presidency claimed were inserted into the 2018 budget by the National Assembly.

However, an aide to the President of the Senate, Bankole Omisore revealed yesterday that the joint meeting of the leadership of the two chambers, comprising the presiding officers, as well as the principal officers would hold at 12 noon.

He said after the first phase of the meeting, the management of the National Assembly and INEC would join, as part of efforts to find a solution to the issues of the outstanding 2019 election budget of INEC and security agencies.

Omisore wrote: “NASS leadership will tomorrow (Tuesday), meet at noon to consider some national issues. That is the National Assembly leadership comprising both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It will be followed by another meeting with the leadership of INEC, led by its chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu.”

Competent sources said the meeting would give the lawmakers an opportunity to ascertain the urgency or otherwise of the budget request.

Also it was gathered that the issue of non-signing of the amended Electoral Act by President Buhari would be discussed at the meeting.

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A lawmaker, who pleaded anonymity, said, “everybody is talking about budget for the election forgetting that the law governing the elections have not been signed into law.”

According to him, after President Buhari rejected the amended Electoral Act over the reordering of elections, the National Assembly reconsidered and expunged the part relating to sequence of elections.”
He said the passed bill was sent to President Buhari for assent but nothing has been done to it, saying this would also be discussed at the meeting “so that INEC would know that the Presidency is also delaying on okaying the law that would govern the election.”

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Akpabio’ll join APC – Presidency
Tue, 07 Aug 2018

The Presidency has confirmed the planned defection of Senate Minority Leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang, made the disclosure yesterday, when he accompanied the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, to the Presidential Villa, Abuja for a meeting with the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Addressing State House Correspondents, Lawan said: “Now the leader of the Senate has said they are 53, but, I want to assure him that the APC has harvested more people from the PDP and other political parties. The head of the PDP in the Senate is formally joining the APC family and that will be in a big ceremony on Wednesday, August 8, in Akwa Ibom State. So, the head of the PDP who holds all the documents of the PDP, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio (CON) is coming over with a great team and other minorities will join the APC family and we are good and strong.”

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Meanwhile, the PDP has said it will do the needful if Akpabio cross-carpets to the ruling party.

The former Akwa Ibom State governor, who is currently the Senate Minority leader, was elected into the Senate on the PDP platform in 2015.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted the party is not yet aware of alleged plan by the former Akwa Ibom governor to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“When we arrive at the bridge, we’ll cross it. Like I said earlier on, we’ve not been notified. When we get the notice of resignation, we will react accordingly. There is no crack in our party. We’ll do the needful if the situation arises,” he said.

Ologbondiyan further alleged that in its determined bid to change the leadership of the National Assembly, the Presidency is offering senators $1million each to impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

He said: “Currently, the Presidency, in its corrupt proclivity, is seeking to force the reopening of the Senate, contrary to Section 12 of the Senate Standing Rules for which the Presidency and the APC are offering lawmakers, from both chambers, an inducement of $1 million each, with the aim of impeaching the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
“The PDP has been informed that one of the heads of the security agencies is the arrow head of the Presidency’s agents charged to coordinate this heinous design, which has the unlimited capacity to throw our nation into anarchy and ultimately destroy our hard-earned democracy.”

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Ekiti Mega party dissolves into PPN
Tue, 07 Aug 2018

The Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), in Ekiti State, at the weekend, had over 4000 members of its executives across the wards, councils and state levels defected to the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).

MPN State Publicity Secretary, Moses Ajagunigbala, said the move by the erstwhile MPN members was informed by the need to belong to a rancour-free platform where political careers could be built and aspirations met.

Ajagunigbala said in a statement, in Ado-Ekiti that: “the fraudulent Terms of Settlement obtained by a section of the party in May 2018 which destabilised the party in the state in the build-up to the July 14, 2018 governorship election will continue to unsettle the party.

“The Terms of Settlement is likely to eventually ruin the MPN as the conditions therein are not practicable in any sane society where democracy thrives,” the former MPN spokesman stated.

The MPN, in the state, following the adoption of the Terms of Settlement by a Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti Division, was rocked by crisss and went into the July 14 governorship election with two persons, Bisi Omoyeni and Sunday Balogun, laying claim to the governorship ticket, leading to disillusionment among members as the party split into factions and several caucuses.

However, Ajagunigbala said collapsing the party structure into PPN, which he described an organised party where the erstwhile MPN members were readily absorbed in view of their strong structures and membership base across the 188 political wards in Ekiti State, “is a step in the right direction for any right thinking politician”.

PPN National Chairman, Razak Eyiowuawi, while admitting the former MPN members, lauded the movement of MPN members into his party, describing it “as the beginning of great things for PPN in Ekiti State.”

Eyiowuawi was quoted to have said: “This will further the aspirations of our aspirants in the state jostling for House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate seats in the 2019 general elections.”

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France 2018: Falconets fall to German machines
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
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Kanu rallies support forSept 30testimonial
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
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Jose Mourinho suffers defeat in final pre-season friendly
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford handed No.10 shirt for Bayern Munich game
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
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400,000 farmers supported, 1.2m indirect jobs created under CBN ABP
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
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To register or not to register
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
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The Patients’ Bill of Rights initiative
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
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