NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 AUGUST, 2018].

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Post Defections: APC, PDP Test Might In Katsina, Bauchi, Kogi Today
Sat, 11 Aug 2018

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In the aftermath of the gale of defections that blew across the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the two leading political parties in the country will today test their might and popularity in the senatorial and House of Representatives by-elections holding in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi states.

LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that there is tension in the two political parties at the national level over the by-elections to fill the vacant seats in the federal legislature. Stakeholders who spoke to our correspondent from both camps said the two parties consider the polls crucial because it would determine how Nigerians view them after the gales of defection in both the APC and PDP.

In Bauchi, Senator Isa Misau caused a major upset for the APC few weeks ago when he joined 13 other Senators that defected from ruling party to the PDP, while another Senator from Kogi State, Senator Dino Malaye, was also among the 14 APC Senators that defected to. In Katsina State, two brothers from the same parent, Kabir Babba Kaita of the PDP and his younger brother, Ahmad Babba Kaita of the APC, are the two major contenders who will slug it out in the senatorial bye-election for Katsina North district today.

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The seat became vacant last April following the death of Senator Mustapha Bukar, an APC lawmaker. The elder Kaita, a retired Customs officer, had emerged the PDP candidate by consensus as his only opponent, Mani Nasarawa, withdrew from the race before the primary polls. Ahmad Babba Kaita, a serving member of the House of Representatives, received the highest votes of 1,723 to beat 10 other aspirants during his party’s primary election for the senatorial seat.

The Katsina State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Jibrin Ibrahim Zarewa, said four other political parties are expected to contest the seat alongside the APC and the PDP. During the APC rally held on Thursday in Katsina, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had said that the APC must win Saturday’s Katsina North senatorial district by-election. He stated that the party’s victory at the poll would honour the late Senator Mustapha Bukar who occupied the position before he died on April 4 this year.

Osinbajo added that APC victory would also ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari who hails from the senatorial zone would be honoured as the party’s leader. In Bauchi, the APC candidate in today’s Bauchi South senatorial by-election, Hon Lawal Yahaya Gumau, said all the wards that constitute Toro federal constituency which he represents have felt the impact of his representation at the National Assembly and that he is sure of victory in the by-election.

But the PDP in the state said the “APC is jittery of losing the senatorial seat in their desperation for power apparently to used it to impeach Saraki”. The PDP Bauchi spokesman, Alhaji Yayanuwa Zainabari, stated that APC is no longer popular and accepted among Nigerians having failed to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people, stressing that the PDP is the party to beat in today’s senatorial bye-election.

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Presidency Raises Panel To Review IGP’s Report On NASS Invasion
Sat, 11 Aug 2018

The presidency has set up a panel to review the report by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, on the invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). In the report, which he sent to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, the IGP described the blockade of the National Assembly by the DSS officials as gross violation of the Nigerian Constitution.

Idris who accused the former DSS boss of working for some politicians in the country for selfish interest did not mention the names of the politicians Daura was working for. He said Daura had in his confessional statement confessed to have being the brain behind the illegal siege of the National Assembly complex on the claims that he was working on intelligence reports that some persons were trying to smuggle arms and other dangerous weapons into the complex.

LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered yesterday that Acting President Osinbajo has directed that a panel be set up to look into the report with a view to ascertaining the authenticity or otherwise of Daura’s claim. But Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday raised the alarm that the presidency was was planning to frame them up and their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the IGP’s report on Tuesday’s invasion of the premises of the National Assembly by DSS operatives.

In a joint statement signed by their media aides, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Uche Anichukwu, the two Senate top shots stated that after receiving the interim report submitted by the IGP, the presidency yesterday constituted a closet panel to review the report and submit a final recommendation. The mandate of this closet panel, the two legislators stated, is to turn facts on their head and blame the invasion of the National Assembly on the two leaders of the red chamber who would then be presented as having worked in tandem with the sacked DSS boss, Daura, to orchestrate the parliamentary security breach.

The statement read in part: “We have been reliably informed that instead of the Presidency to set up a public inquiry or judicial commission to probe last Tuesday’s early morning invasion of the National Assembly as being demanded by the general public, they have commenced a process of manipulation and fabrication. “The Presidency has set up a closet panel which would work to a predetermined conclusion in which they will now claim that the Senate president and the deputy Senate president worked in collusion with ex-DG of DSS, Lawal Daura, to stage the invasion. “They want to shield the fact that the previous night before the invasion and up until the early hours of Tuesday, there was a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators and that the plan was for them to be moved in a Coaster bus into the National Assembly complex later that morning for them to purportedly remove us and select a new Senate president and deputy Senate president. “Their plot only failed because the media, particularly social media, Nigerians and the international community responded very swiftly as some legislators who came into the complex were refused entry by gun-wielding, hooded security operatives.

“Now, they want to turn the facts on their head and blame us for their botched plot against democracy. We are hereby alerting all Nigerians and members of the international community that the present Nigerian government will stop at nothing to destroy, suppress and incapacitate the opposition. This is their new tactic and plot as we approach the period of the 2019 polls.”

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Come Back Home, Davido Calls On Nigerian Artistes Abroad
Sat, 11 Aug 2018

DMW boss, Davido and very few other African artistes who are championing the globalisation of the Afrobeat sound have encouraged Nigerian artistes in the diaspora who are trying to get their songs heard in the continent to return to Nigeria.

In the interview, he was quizzed on the number of African artistes based in London trying to reach the people in Nigeria, but couldn’t. “They should go to Nigeria,” Davido replied. “If they’re trying to reach somewhere it’s the best place to be.

But it just depends, to be honest. Mr. Eazi was in London, then he came back. To be honest, me, I’m not into this international stuff but I’m really doing it because I’m one of those people pioneering this movement. I have to put a cape on my back and do it for the culture, but I always prefer being at home,” he said.

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My Height Affected Me Psychologically While Growing Up ‘ Aki
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPChinedu Ikedieze needs no introduction, the actor and entertainment personality for two decades and half held the movie scene spellbound with his antics as a child actor along with Pawpaw. As co-pioneers of child comedy movie in Nigeria, the Mass Communication graduate from IMT Enugu speaks with SAMUEL ABULUDE on his growing up, rise to []The post My Height Affected Me Psychologically While Growing Up ‘ Aki appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ooni of Ife, Wole Soyinka Celebrate Rachel the Piper
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPPopular TV host Amb. Rachel Bakam also known as Rachel the PIPER keeps trailing the blaze upwards. Just recently, she released the scintillating trailer of her first produced film which she said would be an empowerment project to rebrand Nigeria’s positive development, ease off the masses travail and inspire good Governance Land of opportunity. While []The post Ooni of Ife, Wole Soyinka Celebrate Rachel the Piper appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Nigerian Hip-hop Acts Who Are Mammoth Crowd Pullers
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPNigerian Hip-hop artistes have worked hard and smart to put the brand of music on the global map. In this report, SAMUEL ABULUDE examines the hip-hop industry, it’s glam, buzz and pop culture and chronicles top Nigerian artistes that can fill up a sizeable stadium locally and globally. How global are our Nigerian artistes’ The []The post Nigerian Hip-hop Acts Who Are Mammoth Crowd Pullers appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Whither Koker In MI’s Chocolate City
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPKolewerk crooner, Koker, seems to have quietly parted ways with his MI Abaga led record company, Chocolate city. Koker’s exit from the label became obvious a few days ago when he dropped his latest song ‘Daddy’ featuring Falz under his own ‘Koke Boy’ imprint as against the usual Choc Boy imprint. All information about Chocolate []The post Whither Koker In MI’s Chocolate City’ appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPCarrie Underwood’s pile of ‘Dirty Laundry’ is about to grow! The country superstar and her husband Mike Fisher are expecting their second child, the singer announced along with her upcoming ‘Cry Pretty’ tour Wednesday morning on Instagram. The new baby will join the couple’s three-year-old son Isaiah Michael. ‘You might be wondering or asking, ‘Carrie, []The post Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Kylie Jenner Breaks The Internet With Her 21st Birthday Portraits
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPKylie Jenner is embarking on the next chapter of her life with the most important person by her side. Now just hours away from turning 21, the E! reality star and cosmetics mogul commemorated the milestone birthday by sharing several snapshots from a recent photo shoot with her daughter,Stormi Webster. In the photos, which were []The post Kylie Jenner Breaks The Internet With Her 21st Birthday Portraits appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Impeachment: Between Two-thirds Majority And Two-thirds Minority
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPDemocracy in Nigeria has recorded another low. Absence of decent politics by individuals in government again dragged our dear country into disrepute before the international community. I am quite certain that those who followed this column sequentially in the last one month would not be surprised about the turn of events, particularly the invasion of []The post Impeachment: Between Two-thirds Majority And Two-thirds Minority appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Potential Benefits Of Family Planning
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPFamily planning offers a lot to mothers, their babies, families, communities and society as a whole but one of the greatest challenges to reproductive advocacy is the unmet need for family planning services by millions of women in Nigeria and most poor resource countries. Many women require family planning but are not on any form, []The post Potential Benefits Of Family Planning appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Unrelenting Incidence Of Human Trafficking
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LEADERSHIPHuman trafficking is a thriving criminal enterprise in which women, children and men are moved from one place to another for various unholy purposes, especially forced labour and sex exploitation. Some other victims are trafficked for the purpose of organ removal, forced begging, forced criminality and other emerging exploitative purposes. The World Day Against Trafficking []The post Unrelenting Incidence Of Human Trafficking appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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