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Vanguard, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018—41 Oyegun, Tinubu's ‘soldiers’ head for showdown Continues from Page 5 A leading member of the NWC disclosed, yesterday, that the NWC was set to go ahead with the recommendations of the Governor Simon Lalong-led committee for fresh congresses but with a caveat that Odigie- Oyegun should not be stopped from seeking reelection. “We are set for the NEC, and we should expect a smooth meeting but if they try to stop or disqualify the national chairman, we will tell them that we can spring surprises,” the principal officer was quoted as saying. The president's neutrality The pro-Odigie- Oyegun forces, it was gathered, were working on extracting a commitment from President Buhari for a neutral field in the forthcoming congresses expected to produce the next national executive. “The Odigie-Oyegun people want to bank on Buhari’s neutrality to push forward the national chairman as he is not expected to directly oppose him or support him, so that gives them the opportunity to push forward his bid,” a source privy to the development said. Odigie-Oyegun’s main challenger, Vanguard learned, had been the immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. His bid is, however, increasingly facing challenges from some APC governors who see him as too independent for the office. “You know Oshiomhole, he is too independent and too wealthy to be influenced,” one party member told Vanguard last night. State chairmen Meanwhile, the forum of state chairmen, yesterday, denied claims that they were being mobilised by some governors to stop the envisaged congresses as desired by President Buhari, in line with the constitution. The state chairmen after a meeting in Abuja threw their support behind the president as they dissociated themselves from any such conspiracy to humiliate the President. “We call on APC members and supporters nationwide to disregard a news headline from one of our national newspapers to the effect that governors move to stop plot to use chairmen against Buhari. There is no such plot, and no chairman is against Buhari. We are all behind Buhari,” Chairman of the Forum, Alhaji Nasiru Danu, and the spokesman, Mr. Jock Alamba, told newsmen shortly after a meeting of the chairmen in Abuja yesterday. "Accordingly, our Forum has the fervent belief that APC like in the 10 December 2014 Presidential primary and other primary elections will work together as a family and disappoint naysayers who are hoping for Armageddon,” they added. The state chairmen, who had earlier backed the February NEC motion for the extension of the tenure of all office holders in the party, said they were compelled to bow to the superior constitutional submission by the president. “President Buhari’s concern for due process is legendary, that we could not underrate his concern that since the law is an ass, our most likely 2019 presidential and other electoral victories should not be toyed or placed in jeopardy with legal niceties or put in harm’s way of fortune hunters. “Our position is reaffirmed after a careful survey, which shows that 99% of the entire membership and governors of our great party are in support of Mr. President’s second term bid. "It is a common position that for the overall interest of our great country that Mr. President should complete the critical infrastructural foundations he is laying," the chairmen stated. Dogara lauds Edo IDP students, others for exceptional performance in WAEC, NECO, JAMB By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA—Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated students of Ohogua Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp, Benin City, Edo State, for their impressive performance in the recent Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, results released by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB. A statement from the speaker’s office yesterday, quoted the general overseer of International Christian Mission Centre and operator of the camp, Solomon Folorunsho as saying that 59 of the 63 who wrote the exam scored above 200, with some scoring as high as 298. It will be recalled that Dogara paid the registration fees of the students for the examination, including WAEC, NECO and NABTEB, as part of his support for displaced persons across the country. The speaker, who noted that he was very pleased with the performance of the students, said: “This is another manifestation of the inherent resilience of Nigerians, whether young or old, and their ability to record notable achievements, even in the face of daunting challenges.” Dogara commended the operators of the camp as well as other displaced camps in the country for their continued selfless efforts in ensuring that displaced persons were cared for, assuring of intensified efforts by the government to ensure their safe return to their homes and communities. The speaker also called on spirited Nigerians with the means to support the students to prevent their present unfavourable circumstances from hampering their future. Secret talks underway between US, *As Trump says Russia’ll pay price for backing Assad N/Korea THE United States and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, several administration officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit, the officials said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks. The North Koreans are pushing to have the meeting in their capital, Pyongyang, the sources said, although it is unclear whether the White House would be willing to hold the talks there. The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar has also been raised as a possible location, the sources said. The talks between intelligence officials are layig the groundwork for a meeting between Pompeo and his North Korea counterpart, the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, in advance of the leaders’ summit. Once a location is agreed upon the officials said that the date will be set and the agenda discussed in greater detail. Officials said the decision to use the already existing intelligence channel was more a facet of Pompeo’s current status as CIA director as he awaits confirmation as secretary of state than a reflection of the content of the discussions. Pompeo is expected to begin the process of Senate confirmation in the next several weeks. One of Trump’s most trusted national security advisers, Pompeo has led efforts to prepare for the summit, which Trump has pressed his aides to organize. If he confirmed, he will assume oversight of the diplomatic preparations. Meanwhile, LUIZ Inácio Lula da Silva has started a 12-year prison sentence for corruption. After a twoday stand-off with police, the former Brazilian president had to force his way through crowds of his supporters to hand himself in. While they maintain his innocence, his critics believe justice has been served. An arrest warrant required Lula da Silva, 72, to surrender to police by 5 p.m. local time Friday in the southern city of Curitiba. Instead, he remains at the building in CAMBRIDGE Ana lytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie says the data the firm gathered from Facebook could have come from more than 87 million users and could be stored in Russia. The number of Facebook users whose personal information was accessed by Cambridge Analytica “could be higher, absolutely,” than the 87 million users acknowledged by Facebook, Wylie told NBC’s Chuck Todd during a “Meet the Press” Trump lashed out at Syrian President Bashar al- Assad and his allies Russia and Iran over a suspected chemical attack, saying there will be a “big price to pay”. He also warned Russia and Iran there will be a “big price to pay” for backing the Syrian regime after a suspected chemical attack. BRAZIL: Jailed ex-President surrenders to police the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo in Sao Paulo state, some 260 miles away. Large crowds of Lula supporters have gathered there to protest in support of him. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered Lula da Silva’s arrest after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that he must start serving the 12 years. Shortly before Friday’s deadline, Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice, the nation’s highest appellate court, rejected a habeas corpus request to delay the prison time. Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: Data could have come from more than 87m users Nigeria to host WHO leaders Nigeria will this week host leaders of the World Health Organisation, an international health agency which has been working on various health interventions in the country. According to a press statement released by WHO on Sunday, Nigeria will be hosting members of the Global Policy Group (GPG) which is made up of the Director- General, Deputy Director-General, six Regional Directors and the Executive Director of the WHO Emergencies Programme. The members are expected to have a meeting from Tuesday to Thursday. The discussions will focus on WHO’s technical support to strengthen the country’s health system to achieve the health related Sustainable Development Goals within the context of re- segment Sunday. Wylie added that his lawyer has been contacted by US authorities, including congressional investigators and the Department of Justice, and says he plans to cooperate with them. “We’re just setting out dates that I can actually go and sit down and meet with the authorities,” he said. The former Cambridge Analytica employee said that “a lot of people” had access to the data and referenced a “genuine risk” that the harvested data could be stored in Russia. vitalisation of PHCs for universal health coverage and humanitarian response in the Northeast. Facebook rings new changes against political abuse By Prince Osuagwu (Hi-Tech Editor) TO increase transpar ency, accountability and apparently prevent election interference, Facebook has announced changes to the way advertisements are managed both on its platform and on Instagram. Vice President in charge of Ads at Facebook, Rob Goldman and his counterpart for local & Pages, Alex Himel, said Facebook has realised that users hardly know who or where advertisements on the platform are coming from and therefore has decided to correct that mistake. They said: “We believe that when you visit a Page or see an ad on Facebook it should be clear who it’s coming from. We also think it’s important for people to be able to see the other ads a Page is running, even if they’re not directed at you. “That’s why today we’re announcing important changes to the way we manage ads and Pages on Facebook as well as Instagram.