Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, 28th September 2022
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday revealed how new leaders will emerge in 2023.
Buhari, while receiving Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners of six countries at the State House, Abuja, stated that his administration will conduct a good transition process.
The Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Republic of India, Gangadharan Balasubramanian, Germany, Annett Gunther, Sudan, Mohamed Yousif Ibrahim Abdelmannan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gerengbo Yakivu Pascaline, State of Palestine, Abdullah M.A. Abu Shawesh and The Kingdom of Netherlands, Willem Wouter Plomp, presented their Letters of Credence to President Buhari.
President Buhari, while addressing the Ambassadors, said, “I am highly optimistic that we will conduct a good transition process at the end of which a new set of political leaders will freely emerge.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has said that voting for him in 2023 will pave the way for the Igbos to become President of Nigeria after his tenure.
The former Vice President made the submission on Tuesday in Enugu State while addressing Southeast PDP stakeholders, Naija News reports.
He stated that he has always believed in the Igbos and that is why he has chosen his running mate from the region three times.
Atiku while buttressing his good relationship with the southeast, added that he has three Igbo children.
Atiku argued that the second Niger Bridge being constructed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari is not a special favour for the Igbos and the entire southeast.
He stated that the bridge is not an exclusive need of the region but the entire country, promising that if elected, he would prioritize special projects meant specifically for the region.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has denied abandoning the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike whose camp has been demanding the resignation of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Iyorchia Ayu.
Naija News reports that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who has been a senior member of that camp, earlier denied backing calls for the removal of Ayu.
Ayu is also from Benue State and received nomination and support from Wike and Ortom before he replaced Uche Secondus in 2021 as National Chairman.
The Benue governor was reacting to accusations by a group, Jemgbagh Development Association, that he was involved in the ouster moves against the PDP national chairman, a fellow Benue man.
Ortom, in a statement on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, reportedly dismissed insinuations that he was in support of the removal of Ayu.
However, the Benue state governor, in a statement in Makurdi backtracked shortly after a meeting with the Jemgbagh people of Zone B senatorial district on Tuesday, said his position is clear on the crisis affecting the party.
He added that when Bot members sought his opinion about the current crisis in the party, he told them the ‘truth’ and hoped they did justice with it.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the time and venue for the inauguration of its presidential campaign council for the 2023 elections.
According to a statement released on Tuesday by the party, the inauguration would take place on Wednesday, 28th September at the International Conference Center in Abuja.
The PDP added that those expected at the event include all former Presidents and Vice Presidents, Governors and Former Governors, Serving and former Members of the BoT, Serving and former members of the National Assembly, NEC members and other stakeholders.
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and a chieftain of the Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Olu Falae, has denied reports of supporting Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Naija News recalls that earlier reports had indicated that the Afenifere chieftain was supporting Obi’s candidacy.
However, the former SGF, in a statement signed by his Personal Assistant, Captain Moshood Raji (rtd) said the report was false.
The statement read: “The attention of Chief Olu Falae has just been drawn to a publication that has gone viral in which the former Secretary to the Federal government is quoted as saying that he is supporting the candidature of Mr Peter Obi as his preferred choice in the 2023 Presidential race.
“Although Chief Falae admitted that he said that it was true that the South East had not had the opportunity of being Nigeria’s President, it’s for them to persuade other Nigerians that they can offer something better than candidates from other geopolitical zones.”
Speaking further Raji said that his principal does not consider the presidency an automatic slot and candidates have to prove that they are worthy.
The 9th Senate led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has commenced the debate on a bill for an act to provide for the rotation of power between the six geopolitical zones of the country.
There had been major pleas and calls by Nigerians for power to be rotated among the geopolitical zones in the country as a means to promote unity.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, prominent persons, elder statesmen, politicians and several others have called for the presidency to be zoned to the South-East.
The call for power to be zoned to the South-East was emphasised by Nigerians who noted that the North, South-West and South-South had ruled the country.
The bill calling for power to be rotated which passed the first reading earlier this year is sponsored by the lawmaker representing Benue South senatorial district, Abba Moro.
The bill has generated controversy but some believe it will bring about unity and a sense of belonging for ethnic minorities.
Others believe the bill will go against the Constitution of Nigeria.
The Senate President on Tuesday, however, told the sponsor of the bill to stand the bill down and rework it for representation with specific prayers.
A Federal High Court sitting in Benin has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize and publish the names of candidates produced by the Governor Godwin Obaseki faction of the Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as standard-bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
In a judgement delivered on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 by Hon. Justice S.M Shuaibu, the Court granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs include the party’s candidate for Edo South Senatorial District, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen; Sunny Aguebor for Oredo Federal Constituency, and the flag bearer for Akoko Edo Federal Constituency, Kabiru Adjoto, among others.
Amongst the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs is an Order of Court mandating the fourth defendant, INEC, to publish their names as the validly elected candidates of the Edo PDP for the 2023 general elections.
The Judge noted that based on past decisions by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the state chapter of a political party is not empowered by law to conduct party primaries and that only the National Working Committee (NWC) of a political party has the power to conduct party primaries.
The Senator representing Enugu East in the National Assembly, Chimaroke Nnamani has spoken out amidst the controversy that has trailed his ‘political romance’ with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News recalls that eyebrows were raised when it was discovered that a chieftain of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Governor of Enugu State, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani has been appointed into the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.
The serving lawmaker’s name appeared in a list released on Friday, where he was listed as one of the members of the Local Government Directorate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council.
First the APC in its immediate reaction said the listing was an error but hours later, the ruling party declared the PDP Senator is indeed working for its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Amidst the ongoing political drama, a question was posed on Tuesday to the lawmaker by a Twitter user identified as Henry Shield about his political loyalty.
Nnamani was asked directly if he was working for Tinubu.
However, in response, the former Governor said he is a PDP Senator, loyal to the party and campaigning for the same party.
The Labour Party (LP) has vowed to hold its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, accountable if he fails to keep his campaign promises if elected president.
Naija News reports that the LP National Chairman, Julius Abure, made this known in an interview with THISDAY.
Abure said that the party will join Nigerians to fight against Obi and his government if he fails to keep his promises to the electorate.
The LP chairman added that the party will not just bring a government in place for Obi, but will hold him accountable because the movement transcends the former Governor of Anambra State.
Abure said the LP is ready for the start of campaigns, stressing that the party’s manifesto and policy document are ready.
A Christian leader from the northern part of the country, AVM Monday Morgan (rtd) has countered the narrative in some quarters that Christians are a minority in the north.
Speaking against the backdrop of the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election, he argued that the party may regret its action which he described as cocky and aloof.
Naija News reports Morgan made his mind known on Tuesday during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today in which he submitted that Christians are no push aside when it comes to their voting power.
According to him, in Adamawa State Christians are not below 80%, in Taraba State, Christians are not below 75%, in Plateau State Christians are not below 85%.
He added that in Benue State Christians are not below 90%, in Kogi State we speak 50-50 and In Kwara, we can say Muslim 60%, Christians 40%.
Morgan stated that though he doesn’t have the statistics for Kano, Kaduna state is like 40-60.