Good morning Nigeria, welcome to HausaToday roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Sunday, 9th October 2022.
A member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, has slammed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige over comments he made during a television interview.
Asked on Friday night during an interview appearance on Channels Television if he would be voting for his friend, Labour Party (LP), candidate, Peter Obi or his party, the APC flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, Ngige refused to publicly disclose the presidential candidate he would vote for in the 2023 elections.
He said his choice will be made at the polls but he doesn’t have to publicly reveal who he’ll be voting for.
Ngige declared: “Both of them are my friends. My choice will be in the ballot box. It is a secret ballot. I shouldn’t tell Nigerians what I would do secretly.”
Angered by the Minister’s response, Ajaka cautioned political appointees on the platform of the APC not to play hide and seek about their political standing.
While descring Ngige’s comment as “uncalled for”, the NWC member said appointees either campaign publicly in support of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s ticket or immediately resign their appointments from the party-led administration.
He said; “presidential primary election had long ended and the party had settled for the choice of Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, hence all the party leaders should put their ambitions behind them for now to deliver the party’s presidential ticket.
“It is expected of a serving Minister in an APC government to be a trusted apostle of Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency in 2023, who along other party leaders laboured to ensure the enthroment of the same government in 2015 which they are now serving in.”
Publisher and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dele Momodu on Saturday stated that the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar knows what to do if elected the next Nigerian leader.
Speaking on Saturday, Momodu who was on Thursday named the Director of Strategic Communications of the PDP presidential campaign council praised the good qualities of Atiku.
He said Atiku’s humble beginnings make it easy for him to relate to the plight of common Nigerians and proffer solutions to their challenges.
Momodu submitted further that the grass-to-grace story of the former Vice President is a pointer that Nigeria will be better.
He urged the youths of Nigeria in particular and other citizens of the country not to lose hope, stating that with the right set of leaders, the country will be great again.
The Lagos State House of Assembly recently passed a bill to protect and assist victims of crimes and accidents as well as witnesses who have genuine information which could help effective prosecution of cases.
Titled ‘a bill for a law to provide for the rights and entitlements of victims and protection of witnesses and for connected purposes.’
HausaToday reports that the bill which has been described as one that would protect lives and property is geared towards creating a peaceful Lagos society in line with state’s advancement.
The bill with 71 sections, is the first to be passed by a Nigerian State House of Assembly and creates for the establishment of an agency that would assist to meet its stipulations and goals.
According to a statement sent to HausaToday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, Eromosele Ebhomele, the bill is designed to meet the Megacity or Smart City drive of the Lagos government.
The bill also states how the agency is to be run, the establishment of a Trust Fund and how resources that should make up the fund are to be sourced and utilised. The bill currently awaits the assent by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on the embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu to resign or beg for pardon.
HausaToday reports that some aggrieved members of the main opposition party including Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Ortom, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, former Governor of Ekiti State Ayo Fayose and many others have called for the removal of resignation of Ayu.
These aggrieved individuals have faulted Ayu’s decision to remain as party chairman despite allegedly exhibiting partiality in the PDP presidential primary that produced his fellow northerner, Atiku Abubakar, as presidential candidate.
Ortom, Wike and other aggrieved members had recently pulled out of the PDP presidential campaign until Ayu is removed.
Speaking during the Executive Council meeting in Government House Makurdi at the weekend, Ortom recalled that Ayu promised to resign if a northern candidate emerges presidential candidate of the party.
The Benue State governor, who was instrumental to Ayu’s emergence as party chairman, urged the former Senate President to honour his words.
A former National Chairman and first National Secretary of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Vincent Ogbulafor has died.
HausaToday gathered that the former PDP chairman died in Canada on Thursday.
According to reports, Ogbulafor died at the age of 73 from an undisclosed ailment.
Ogbulafor, who is from Olokoro, in Umuahia South local government of Abia State, was born on May 24, 1949, and died peacefully on Thursday night.
He was first PDP’s National Secretary before he later became National Chairman after a bitter national battle between Senator Sam Egwu and Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
He was however forced to resign as PDP national chairman after falling out with top individuals in the government.
Following the return of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, from the United Kingdom, plans have been set in motion to curtail the crisis threatening to engulf the ruling party.
Recall that the former Lagos State governor had on Thursday returned to the country after spending 12 days in the UK.
While away, the ruling party has been enmeshed in crisis following the composition of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
Some governors, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and other stakeholders had accused the Governor Simon Lalong-PCC of sidelining them.
Speaking with Saturday Sun, a source in the APC disclosed that series of meetings have been scheduled by Tinubu’s men with the leadership of the party, aggrieved former presidential candidates and President Muhammadu Buhari, before the official kick-off of the campaigns.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi; former Minister of State for Education; Emeka Nwajuiba and many other presidential aspirants are reportedly not on the same page with Tinubu, and have decided to stay away from his campaign.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied a claim that it’s members are planning to disrupt the election in Igboland in 2023.
In a statement by tots spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group said there is no truth in any information circulating on alleged plans to disrupt the election in 2023 in the South East.
HausaToday report that a recent video of a breakaway member of IPOB, Simon Ekpa, surfaced on the internet, where he claimed the group would not let any election be held in Biafraland.
The group’s leadership however debunked the claims saying “for the umpteenth time stated unequivocally that part of our modus operandi in our agitation for freedom has never been, is not and will not be violent agitation.
“This explains our consistent demand for the UN to organise a Referendum in the Biafran territory for the Biafran people to determine their destiny. To this effect, IPOB is neither contemplating nor will it encourage or sponsor anyone or any group to disrupt the election, Nigeria’s shambolic selection process called an election.”
IPOB said it has constantly made it public that the group have no interest in and cannot legitimise the aberration they call an election in Nigeria, adding that “we are a focused, determined and disciplined freedom fighting movement, not political thugs and IPOB is devoted to the cause of liberating our people from subjugation and from modern-day slavery and Neo-colonialism and will not allow ourselves to be distracted from this very objective.”
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Iheanyi Dike, has accused the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, of anti-party activity.
Dike, an ally of the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, was reacting to the report of several meetings between Wike, Tinubu and some governors elected on the platform of the ruling party.
This development comes days after the Rivers APC urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Tinubu and some APC governors to order over their relationship with Wike.
In an interview with The Punch, Dike said Tinubu could be said to be engaging in antiparty activity due to his hobnobbing with Governor Wike, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Dike asked Tinubu to tender an apology to members of the Rivers APC for sending some governors to meet with Wike in Port Harcourt about his presidential ambition.
He asserted that it was unfair for the governors to meet with Wike and return back to their states without bothering to interface or speak with their party members in the state.
The senator representing Lagos central, Mrs Remi Tinubu, who is the wife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu has urged Nigerians to vote for her husband as the next president of the country.
She said Tinubu has the capacity to fix the challenges facing Nigeria and has demonstrated his ability with what he achieved during his tenure as the Lagos State Governor.
Speaking further, Mrs. Tinubu praised the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for doing a good job in repositioning Nigeria.
She argued that the country was almost non-existent when Buhari came into power but in eight years, he has achieved a lot.
The Lagos federal lawmaker stressed that it is important for a husband to continue from where Buhari stopped and continue building on the foundation the current administration has laid, hence her plea for the people to vote for the APC candidate in 2023.
HausaToday reports she made her submissions on Friday while speaking with AIT after President Buhari presented the 2023 budget proposal at the joint session of the national assembly.
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has tackled supporters of Labour party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, popularly known as ‘Obidients’.
HausaToday reports that this comes after FFK dragged Obi for saying he does not reply to spokespersons of any politician.
In a post shared on his Twitter page, on Friday night, the APC Chieftain described the ‘Obidents’ as poor little children who enjoy hurling insults at others but cannot take insults themselves.
He tweeted: “The problem with Peter and his Obidients is that they know how to throw punches but they don’t know how to take them.
“They enjoy hurling insults at others but they can’t take insults themselves. One small jab & their glass jaws are broken & ego shattered. Poor little children.”
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