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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 31 March, 2021 Edition)

Mr. Rotimi Amaechi the Minister of Transportation

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Chinese Loan: Selfish Lawmakers Have Put Nigeria In Jeopardy – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, says the decision by the House of Representatives to go public on the Sovereignty Immunity Clause in the Chinese loan has delayed the approval for the $5.3bn Ibadan-Kano standard gauge project.

Daily Trust reports that the House of Representatives and Amaechi were at daggers drawn last year over the sovereignty clause in the loan agreement with the China Exim Bank which funded the Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge trains.

The lawmakers had queried the inclusion of the clause which gives China access to some national assets in case the Federal Government is unable to fulfill its repayment obligations but the Minister had warned that such discussion could make China have a rethink on the loan. Speaking in an interview on Channels TV, Amaechi said the “selfishness” of some members of the House of Representatives delayed the approval of the loan by China as they began to ask more questions.

I Won’t Support Tenure Elongation For Buhari – Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has dismissed a tweet that quoted him as saying that he won’t mind a constitutional amendment to allow unlimited term of office for the president if President Muhammadu Buhari wishes to remain in office beyond 2023.

Lawan, in a statement by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, said he never made such a statement before or after 2019. The Senate President said he is standing by the constitutional provision of the two-term limit for the President and will never subscribe to any move to amend it.

The statement said: “The 1999 Constitution has a firm position on the tenure of the President that reflects the popular stand of Nigerians. Section 137(1)b states as follow: A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if (b) he has been elected to such office at any two previous elections. The Senate President has never found anything wrong in that provision of the Constitution and has always stood firmly by it.

Catholic Priest Shot Dead In Benue

A Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Ferdinand Fanen Ngugban, has been shot dead in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

Daily Trust gathered that Fr. Ferdinand Ngugban of St. Augustine Aye Twar parish in Katsina Ala LGA was killed by bandits who raided the community and set many houses on fire.

The Council Chairman of Kastina-Ala, Joseph Atera, told our correspondent by telephone that the bandits, who attacked the priest at the church premises, also killed three others.

Greed, Malice Fueled Petition Against Me, Says Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has said the petition challenging his re-election in the September 19, 2020 poll was fueled by malice and greed.

Obaseki who reacted yesterday to his victory at the tribunal noted that the aim of the petitioner was “to undo a fair and just process, by deploying despicable means.”

He said the judgement has reassured of the impartiality of the judiciary, as they continue to uphold the ethos of equity and the rule of law.

Abe/Amaechi Disagree On Zoning Of Rivers’ APC Gov’ship Ticket

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Magnus Abe, who represented Rivers South East senatorial district in the National Assembly have disagreed over zoning of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket to the riverine part of the state ahead of the next election.

Amaechi had at a meeting with party supporters at Ogu-bolo, called on the people of the riverine part of the state to prepare for the zoning of the governorship ticket to the area.

Abe who spoke on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital while addressing his supporters said it was too early to talk about where the governorship candidate of the party in the next election would come from. Abe argued that the APC was yet to set up its administrative structures, saying that an individual cannot impose or zone governorship ticket of the party.

We’ll Continue To Register Parties That Meet Requirements – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it cannot stop Nigerians from exercising their constitutional rights and would continue to register political parties as long as they meet the stipulated requirements.

The Head, Election and Party Monitoring Department (EPM), INEC, Mr. Aminu Idris, said this on Tuesday in Abuja, at a “Policy roundtable on modalities for measuring political parties’ performance in Nigeria” organised by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) with support from Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office United Kingdom. “INEC still operates and will continue to operate by the law. If the laws allow parties to be formed, INEC will not stop the process of party registration. I think the task for us is that we still register parties based on their ability to meet the requirement for registration,” he said.

Daily Trust reports that INEC had on February 6, 2020, de-registered 74 political parties for failing to win any political office in the last general election. Some of the parties had, however, approached the court to challenge their de-registration by INEC, with the case currently at the Supreme Court for final adjudication.

Tinubu Held His Colloquium In Kano Because Of 2023 Politics – PDP Chieftain

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano and one of the leaders of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Comrade Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, has said it is clear to everyone that Tinubu’s choice of Kano as the venue of his 12th Colloquium is “purely a political move.”

Gwarzo, who was the deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in Kano in the 2019 election, said he disagreed with Tinubu’s opinion that the colloquium was held in Kano to enhance national cohesion.

He said the APC leader had ample opportunities to show that he is a true national leader but failed to take advantage of those opportunities. “It (colloquium in Kano) has nothing to do with national cohesion and unity. When people were asked to stand up to be counted, he wasn’t there. So many things happened recently with the most recent one being the barbaric violence that erupted in Shasa, Ibadan. Being a political leader of the South West, at least as far as APC is concerned, Tinubu should have asked for restraint and seen to be active in trying to quell the looming crisis. As someone who is aspiring to be president of this country, Tinubu should have risen to that occasion and talked positively. You don’t just come and hold your colloquium here (Kano) and think that will be a panacea for national unity.

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