Headlines: Jonathan supporters seek consensus plan for APC presidential ticket

Amendment of the Electoral Act by the Senate to allow statutory delegates to attend political party congresses and conventions has dominated the front pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan within the All Progressives Congress (APC) are seeking a consensus option for the former president in the race for the party’s presidential ticket. The newspaper reports that the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have resumed dialogue to end the ongoing strike.

The Nation reports that there is uncertainty within the APC over presidential forms purchased in the name of Jonathan, Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (ADB). The newspaper reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the political parties’ request to adjust the election schedule.

The Nigerian Tribune reports that the Senate has amended the 2022 Elections Act. The Presidency has rejected calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to extend his term beyond 2023.

The Guardian reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be dumping zoning as the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is due to meet to consider the zoning report. The newspaper reports that Afenifere, a socio-cultural group, condemned Emefiele’s involvement in partisan politics.

The Daily Trust says the campaign and governance are vying for the attention of key government officials aspiring to the presidency ahead of the APC presidential primary elections. The newspaper reports that Ahmad Lawan, president of the Senate, said the 2009 agreement between ASUU and the federal government was unrealistic.