Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Friday 15th July 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called for the establishment of an international anti-corruption tribunal to try offenders while urging African leaders to step up the fight against corruption and create more deterrents to the plunder of public funds.
Buhari, who is the African Anti-Corruption Champion, made the call in his recorded speech to celebrate Africa Anti-Corruption Day.
This was announced in a statement to Naija News signed by Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity.
The President commended African leaders for the gains made so far in the fight against corruption on the continent.
Peoples’ Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar called on the people of Osun State to protect their votes on July 16.
Atiku, while speaking at the party rally in Osogbo, instructed voters to oppose the ruling party which was rigging the gubernatorial election.
The former vice president was in Osogbo to solicit votes for the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
Atiku, in his statement, also accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of rigging elections in the state for the past 12 years.
He warned voters would be left in the dark if they allowed the ruling party to steal their votes in the upcoming election.
The office of Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo reacted to reports suggesting he wanted to get rid of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party.
The report believed to be from a leaked memo dated June 24, 2022, reference number SH/VP/605/2./0, claimed that Osinbajo had written to President Muhammadu Buhari asking for his permission to get rid of the APC.
The purported memo titled “Permission to Resign from the APC,” claimed that Osinbajo cited family pressures and other personal issues as the reason for his intention to resign from the APC.
However, reacting to the said memo, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President for Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande said that there was not a single iota of truth in the memo or its contents.
The People’s Redemption Party (PRP) has withdrawn from the gubernatorial election in Osun State, just 48 hours before the voting process.
The party’s National Executive Committee, while giving the reason for withdrawing from the race, pointed to the lack of political activities of its gubernatorial candidate, Ayowole Adedeji.
Adedeji has been accused by the party leadership of staying out of the country since winning the party ticket, adding that he only returned to Nigeria two weeks before the elections.
The party’s national secretary, Babatunde Alli, noted that a committee has been set up to investigate Adedeji for soliciting funds for his campaign without holding any.
The New Nigeria Peoples Party presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has announced that the Presiding Bishop of the Assembly of Enlightenment, Lekki Light Center (LLC), Isaac Idahosa, will be his running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Idahosa was announced Thursday as the party’s vice-presidential candidate to beat the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The electoral body had ordered all parties to upload details of their candidates to its portal by Friday July 15.
The former Kano State governor announced Idahosa after careful consideration and careful screening of more than 20 potential candidates.
Borno State Justice Commissioner and Attorney General Shehu Lawan has replaced Kashim Shettima as the All Progressives Congress senatorial candidate in the 2023 elections.
The decision to replace Shettima comes after the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, chose him as his running mate.
The former Governor of Borno State withdrew from the Senate race after becoming the APC’s running mate.
Delegates from the eight local governments in the senatorial district on Thursday elected Lawan to the party secretariat in Maiduguri.
Local government areas that voted for Lawan on Thursday include Jere, Mafa, Bama, Dikwa, Konduga, Kalabalge and Ngala.
Lawan became the unopposed district senatorial candidate.
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) President Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has accused Labor Minister Chris Ngige of lying to President Muhammadu Buhari about the status of negotiations with the union.
Speaking about the continuing ASUU strike during an appearance on Channels Television’s interview program on Thursday, Osodeke said Ngige must have provided false information to the president.
According to the ASUU President, if President Buhari had gotten the truth about the negotiations between the union and the government, he would not have issued the “enough” statement, in which he instructs striking university professors to resume work.
Osodeke also said that the numbers the government peddles like what ASUU is asking for are not true, stating that they did not give such numbers in their negotiations.
People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar on Thursday promised to hold a reconciliation meeting with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Atiku said this hours after returning to Nigeria to support Osun State PDP gubernatorial candidate Ademola Adeleke at the party rally.
The former vice president, while speaking out on the grievances of Governor Wike and some PDP leaders, said it was nothing new in politics.
The PDP presidential candidate said so on Thursday while addressing reporters.
The PDP presidential candidate, when asked if he intended to reconcile with the Governor of Rivers State, he replied, “why not, I am open to that”.
The Outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have warned the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, to stay away from the southeastern region.
The IPOB, in a statement issued by its spokesperson Emma Powerful on Thursday, said the British diplomat’s life was in danger as some people had planned to assassinate her during her planned visit to the south east.
The IPOB statement added that the plot to kill her had been exposed by the group’s intelligence arm, adding that those behind the plot planned to blame it on IPOB in order to turn the British government against the Biafran agitators.
Powerful, however, noted that the IPOB is not a violent group and can never be involved in the murder of others, but warned Laing in the interest of his own safety to stay away from the southeast. and Biafraland to avoid any unfortunate story.
Popular Nigerian actor, Olanrewaju James also known as Baba Ijesha has been sentenced to sixteen years for sexual assault.
The decision was handed down on Thursday by Judge Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenses Court.
Judge Taiwo, in his ruling, noted that the Nollywood actor’s jail term would run concurrently.
Naija News previously reported that the court convicted Baba Ijesha of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old minor in the custody of comedian Damilola Adekoya, known as Princess.