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28032019 - NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LEADERSHIP:All clear for Lawan; fresh crisis brews over Gbaja

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28032019 - NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LEADERSHIP:All clear for Lawan; fresh crisis brews over

C M Y K OLU FASAN STATE OF THE NATION Nigeria's endless cycle of undemocratic elections Adamawa APC makes u-turn, PRESIDENTIAL POLL: to participate in gov re-run 32 Tribunal orders Polls: We’re under pressure to service of Atiku’s congratulate Buhari — CAN 31 8 petition on Buhari 9 Analysts dismiss MPR cut as hasty with zero impact on lending 8 VOL. 26: NO. 63774 THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LEADERSHIP: All clear for Lawan; fresh crisis brews over Gbaja By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor, Henry Umoru & Omeiza Ajayi •Lawan, our only choice for Senate President — APC •Adds: No sharing power with PDP; vows to deal with betrayers •Ndume lied; we had consensus on Lawan, says Aliyu Sabi FIRST BANK @ 125... ABUJA — The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, explained that its choice of Senator Ahmad Lawan as the next president of the Senate was binding on its senators, even as the decision on Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, as Speaker has sparked a crisis in unexpected quarters within the party. The party’s position on Continues on Page 5 From left, MD/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Group Chairman, FBN Holdings Plc, Dr. Oba Otudeko; Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika; Group Managing Director, FBN Holdings Plc, Mr. UK Eke, and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyema, at the gala night to commemorate the 125th anniversary of First Bank in Lagos,yesterday. Photo: Kehinde Shonola RIVERS: INEC plans to relocate NNPC closes 9 th NASS recruitment Leadership: Kalu collation centre — PDP portal, as lawyer threatens to resist •It’s not true – Commission threatens court marginalisation of action over 32 S-East by APC Dokpesi narrates ordeal in criteria 34 Immigration custody 8 COLUMNISTS IKECHUKWU AMAECHI 44 GAMBO DORI 17 12 Naira down at N358.5/$ in parallel market 45 Mr & Mrs