Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday 13th June 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari revealed in his Democracy Day address on Sunday why the annual observance was moved by his administration from May 29 to June 12.
According to Buhari, the Democracy Day was revisited to remind Nigerians of a free and fair MKO Abiola election which was cancelled.
The President further said that Nigerians have been denied their rights and choice following the cancellation of the election.
He noted that Nigerians should not forget the sacrifices of Nigerian democracy heroes in 1993.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Sunday that it does not recognize former Niger Delta minister Godswill Akpabio as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate in the Akwa Ibom North senatorial district. -West.
According to the INEC, it will only recognize the candidate from the party primaries it has monitored.
Naija News recalls that the former Niger Delta minister resigned for ruling party national leader Bola Tinubu in the just-concluded presidential primary.
Akpabio then went on to clinch the senatorial ticket after garnering 478 votes.
512 delegates were accredited for the primary, of which Joseph Akpan had one vote, DIG Ekpo Udom who initially won the first primary had three votes, while 11 votes were nullified.
While explaining the reason for the fresh primaries, the APC State Chairman, Mr Stephen Ntukekpo, had said that he was directed by the party at the national level to effect a recovery over the alleged breaches.
However, reacting to the development, the Resident Election Commissioner of INEC, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini, said that the election arbiter would only recognize the winner of the INEC-monitored primaries.
According to him, the resumption of the senatorial primaries of the APC, where Akpabio emerged victorious, was not monitored by the INEC.
Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has approved the deployment of one DIG, four AIGs, three CPs, PMF commanders and operational assets for the 2022 Ekiti Governor election.
Naija News reports that the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State is scheduled to take place on June 18, 2022.
The IGP, in a statement issued on Sunday through the Force’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed that it had ordered the deployment of personnel and operational assets to provide security before and during the elections.
The team, Naija News reports, will be led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) who is the supervising DIG for the South West Geopolitical Zone, DIG Johnson Babatunde Kokumo .
He will be assisted by 4 AIG, 3 CP, PMF Commanders.
The team will also include five (5) Assistant Commissioners of Police (DCP) and eighteen (18) Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) who will coordinate human and other operational deployments across the three (3) Senatorial Districts, sixteen ( 16) Government areas and the 2445 polling stations in Ekiti State.
The family of the late Chief MKO Abiola have called on the Nigerian government to implement the late politician’s manifesto.
The appeal was made on Sunday, June 12, by the head of the Abiola family, Murtala Abiola, as he spoke with reporters during the annual prayer session for the late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the canceled presidential election. of 1993 held at Gbagura’s family compound, Abeokuta.
According to him, if the manifestos are implemented, it will make life easier for Nigerians and end poverty and suffering in the country.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and the party leadership must decide who to choose as their running mate as the deadline set by the country’s electoral body draws closer.
Naija News reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set June 17 for political parties to submit a list of all presidential candidates and their running mates.
INEC had warned political parties that it was not considering extending the deadline for submitting the names of candidates and their running mates, giving parties around six days to submit the list.
Recall that the PDP had set up a committee to advise on who should be chosen as Atiku’s running mate, reports have now emerged revealing that the panel, which includes governors, national working committee members, former governors and members of the Board of Directors, will hold its last and decisive meeting on Tuesday.
A reliable source told The PUNCH that the panel adjourned its last meeting to continue consultations.
Other sources said the party could make a final decision on the matter on Tuesday.
On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his Democracy Day speech, lamented the security problems in Nigeria.
President Buhari has called on Nigerians to support and cooperate with our security agencies by reporting any suspicious figures and activities.
He added that we can only have a safe country if we prevent crime before it happens.
The President called for prayers for the victims of terrorist attacks, adding that he lives with grief every day for the victims of terrorism and kidnappings.
Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances of a recent shooting at Club Cubana on Victoria Island, Lagos State.
The shooting allegedly involving Nigerian police officers happened on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Naija News recalls.
Some police escorts attached to Grammy-winning singer Damini Ogulu, known professionally as Burna Boy, were found to have shot two people.
The singer was reportedly at the Club alongside his police escorts when the chaotic incident took place.
Reacting in a statement by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Sunday, June 12, the IGP revealed that the police officers involved in the shooting incident had been arrested and taken into custody for investigation.
While describing the incident as unfortunate, IGP Baba also ordered Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter.
Former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido has revealed some people and groups who dislike All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.
The leader of the People’s Democratic Party revealed this in an interview with Vanguard.
According to Lamido, a socio-cultural organization, Afenifere does not like the former Governor of Lagos State and says so openly.
He further said that the governors of the ruling party did not like the national leader of the APC either.
Lamido revealed that they dislike Tinubu because he is overbearing and he is a dictator.
The former governor claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari would never support Tinubu as he knows the mentality and psychology of the man.
New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has revealed that a Christian from the south will be chosen as his running mate for the 2023 elections.
Naija News reports that there have been debates over the choice of presidential candidates as running mate ahead of the June 17 deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for submission of the list of candidates. .
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently made headlines over who he will decide to choose as his running mate.
Speaking to The PUNCH, Kwankwaso said the NNPP is currently consulting to choose a credible Southern Christian.
The camp of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reportedly excluded Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong and Federation Government Secretary (SGF) Boss Mustapha as running mate.
It was understood that the ruling party and its presidential candidate could settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket as no Christian APC members in the north have the capacity to draw votes for the party.
One of those involved in finding a running mate for the APC presidential candidate said the party would settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket if it couldn’t find a stronger Christian from the North- East and Northwest.
According to reports, Tinubu is consulting with President Muhammadu Buhari, members of the Progressive Governors Forum and others in his search for a “number two”.
It was gathered that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; a former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima; Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State; and Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State are also in the running if the ruling party decides to present a Muslim-Muslim ticket.