Newspaper Headlines: AfDB Rules Ban Akinwumi Adesina from Running for President

The controversy over the alleged political aspirations of Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has dominated the front pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that Emefiele has approached the court to seek judicial interpretation of his continued stint as CBN governor while pursuing political ambition. The newspaper says petrol queues have resurfaced in Abuja and other neighboring states.

The Nation says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has imposed nine conditions on its presidential candidates. The newspaper says the federal government has begun using funds from the unclaimed dividend trust fund to finance its budget deficit.

The Nigerian Tribune reports that the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) code of conduct prohibits Akinwumi Adesina, the bank’s president, from running for the Nigerian presidency without resigning. The newspaper says airline operators have suspended their planned shutdown of operations.

Daily Trust reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the army not to relax its efforts in the fight against banditry. The newspaper reports that Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, has endorsed Nasiru Gawuna, his deputy, to become the next governor of the state.

The Guardian reports that the CBN governor’s rumored presidential ambition has angered some financial pundits and lawyers. The newspaper indicates that the University Academic Staff Union can declare an indefinite strike.