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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 26 June, 2021 Edition)

Governor Mai Mala Buni led All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee

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APC begins search for consensus national chairman

Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress have begun a search for a consensus candidate for the position of National Chairman, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

It was gathered in Abuja, on Friday, that members of the party leadership and some stakeholders agreed to commence the search in order to keep the “tradition of smooth leadership transition.”

The party source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue said, “The meeting was essentially to enable the president to receive the report of the national caretaker committee and for us to approve an extension for them.

“The committee chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, gave a comprehensive report and made recommendations which the president received and the whole house approved. Since the formation of the party, our national chairmen have always emerged by consensus. This to a large extent reduced acrimony and we intend to keep it that way. The issue of zoning is also being looked at. I can assure you that we will cross the bridge when we get there. For now, the Anambra governorship primary and winning the election is paramount for us.”

FG meets doctors Tuesday to avert strike, Buhari postpones UK checkup

The Federal Government has reached out to the National Association of Resident Doctors to forestall a looming strike by the association, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

A meeting to iron out the contentious issues has, therefore, been scheduled for Tuesday, the President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, told one of our correspondents on Friday.

In another development, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has shelved his medical trip to the United Kingdom as earlier scheduled for Friday. His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, revealed this in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari postpones London trip.’ The statement read, “The medical follow-up visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Kingdom earlier scheduled for today, Friday, June 25, 2021, has been postponed.” A new date will be announced in due course,” the statement added.

Auditor-General queries multibillion-naira irregularities in NPA accounts

The Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has issued seven queries on the audited accounts of the Nigerian Ports Authority in 2017. The queries include standalone financial statements, non-current assets (depreciation, addition to fixed assets, property, plant and equipment, and interest in joint ventures), current assets (cash and cash equivalent, trapped fund in Enterprise Bank, inventories, trade receivables, etc.), liabilities, statement of profit and loss, and other comprehensive income, expenditures and administrative expenses.

The Auditor General, Adolphus Aghughu, in an audit report sent to the National Assembly, dated May 24, 2021, a copy of which journalists obtained on Friday, demanded explanation from the management of the NPA on its audited accounts, which he said was submitted to his office on February 22, 2019 for comment, in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts invited the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the management of NPA to appear before it on July 8, 2021 over the queries.

N322m fraud: EFCC to appeal Nwaoboshi’s victory as Buhari welcomes him to APC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it will challenge the victory of Delta North Senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, who was recently discharged and acquitted of alleged fraud to the tune of N322m on June 18, 2020.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said this during an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday. “We will be taking Senator Nwaoboshi’s case before the Court of Appeal,” Uwujaren said during a brief telephone interview with one of our correspondents.

This comes just as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), personally welcomed Nwaoboshi to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

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