Major Headlines in the Newspapers Today

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Jonathan Leads Buhari on Villa Tour May 28-THISDAY

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Pursuant to his promise of a peaceful handover of the reins of government, President Goodluck Jonathan has offered to lead the President-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), on a guided tour of the structures and facilities of the Presidential Villa. This will be done on May 28, a day to the official handover to Buhari.
The tour of the Presidential Villa, which will also include the Vice-President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is part of the decisions reached at the valedictory Council of State meeting which held in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Council of State ratified the programme of both the federal government and incoming government’s transition committees for final transmission of power on May 29.
The Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, and his Benue State counterpart, Gabriel Suswan, jointly briefed State House correspondents after the meeting.
Aliyu told journalists that on May 22, there would be Jumat prayer, while an interdenominational church service would be held on May 24.
The transition programme, according to the governors, indicated that May 28 remains the handover of notes to the incoming government, while May 29 would be the inauguration proper.

Patience Jonathan denies plans to ‘rig out’ Aisha Buhari of AFLPM Presidency – VANGUARD

Dame Patience Jonathan, Tuesday, denied claims that she was planning ways of preventing Hajiha Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President-elect, from replacing her as President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM).

This was made known in statement by the Office of the First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria were she declared that hosting of the 8th AFLPM Summit slated for the 15th of May in Abuja was not intended to prevent Aisha Buhari  from taking over from her.

Rather  that AFLPM jointly agreed to hold the 8th Summit  after the Nigeria general elections and with the understanding that if her husband did not succeed in his re-election bid, she would convene the summit in May 2015, to enable the election of a new President and ensure a smooth handover since her tenure has ended.

She said further that  it is mischievous for anyone to scheme to cause disaffection between her and  and Hajia Aisha Buhari.

Aisha Buhari and Patience Jonathan

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to various newspapers and social media reports alleging that Nigeria hosting of 8th Summit of the African First Ladies Peace Mission Summit on May 15, 2015 is a grand design by the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan to either “rig out” or “deny” the in-coming First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari the opportunity to assume the Presidency and host the said summit in the absence of the incumbent.




NDIC moves to recover N34m debt from Okupe-PUNCH

The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to place on the “undefended list” a suit it filed to recover an alleged debt of N34m from the Senior Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, and two others.

A plaintiff usually applies to put a matter on undefended list when he believes the respondents have no valid defence.

Okupe’s co-respondents in the suit filed by the NDIC before Justice Saliu Saidu are Value Trust Investment Limited and its Director, Mr. Ray Ahazie.

The corporation had instituted the action in 2007 to recover the alleged debt being the outstanding of a loan facility obtained by the respondents from Gulf Bank Plc in October 2000.

The corporation, in a statement of claims by its lawyer, Dr. Abiodun Layonu (SAN), said the respondents obtained the loan from the bank to facilitate a contract to supply the Bayelsa State Government with 10,000 metric tons of imported rice.

Council of State okays May 28 handover to Buhari-TRIBUNE

THE Council of State, on Tuesday, approved May 28 as the date President Goodluck Jonathan will hand over all necessary official transaction documents to the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, before his formal inauguration as president a day later.

Jonathan is also to take the incoming president on a guided tour of the Presidential Villa on the eve of the inauguration, which would be followed by a dinner.

The council, presided over by President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, had all living former Nigerian leaders, including former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in attendance.

Obasanjo, who came into the Villa accompanied by one of his daughters, Funke, was well received by Jonathan inside the Council Chambers, venue of the meeting, as both men talked and laughed with each other.

The former president was absent in February’s meeting of the council, fuelling speculation about his soured relationship with Jonathan.

The former leaders present at Tuesday’s meeting were General Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, General Buhari, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan and General Abdulsalami Abubakar is your one-stop online news magazine blog. We report credible information as they happen. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get Latest Information.

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