Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 23rd April 2022.
Nigerians were left baffled when the All Progressives Congress (APC) rose from its National Executive Committee meeting by setting the Expression of Interest (EoI) price and nomination forms for the 2023 elections as follows: House of Assembly – N2,000,000 (N500k EoI). House of Representatives – N10,000,000 (N1m EoI). Senate – N20,000,000 (N3m EoI). Governorate – N50,000,000 (N10m EoI). Chairman – N100,000,000 (N30m EoI). These are non-refundable fees, payment of which does not mean that aspirants will automatically obtain the ticket!
Although the nomination form has been made free for women and aspirants living with disabilities, they are still requested to purchase the EoI form only at the stipulated price. Also with the approval of the NEC, young people under the age of 35 must pay 60% for the nomination form and full payment for the EoI form. With this apparent concession, a young presidential aspirant on the APC platform will still have to pay N72 million for expression of interest and nomination forms. Even one of the presidential aspirants, Chris Ngige, did not see the hike coming as he confessed on national television that he had budgeted N50 million to purchase the forms.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was sacked by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja following his defection from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
Judge DU Okorowo delivered the verdict on Friday in a lawsuit challenging his defection.
Naija News understands that the court had issued judgment on March 23 for a lawsuit filed in August 2020 by the incorporated administrators of United Global Resolve for Peace Organization, through its lawyer, Michael Okejimi Esq. of MM. Micheal Okejimi & Co. Law Empire.
PDP also filed a separate defection suit against Dogara.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the 2023 general elections will swallow N305 billion.
According to the commission, the amount is N116 billion higher, compared to the N189 billion spent on the 2019 general elections, Naija News reports.
INEC Charman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made the revelation in Abuja on Thursday during the public presentation of the Strategic Plan 2022-2026 (SP) and the Electoral Project Plan 2023 (PPE).
Yakubu disclosed that the commission will spend 239.2 billion naira to procure voting materials and vehicles for the elections and spend 105.2 billion naira to purchase accreditation devices.
Unknown gunmen attacking public facilities and killing innocent citizens in the southeast have made their demands known to the federal government.
The terrorists who spoke in a video obtained by Naija News Friday threatened to continue wreaking havoc until their demands are met.
In the video shot in a forest, the gunmen said their mission was to protect the South East at all costs, claiming they had no sponsors as speculated.
The criminals also revealed that they were not under the command of the IPOB leader’s self-proclaimed disciple, Simon Epaor former leader of MASSOB, Ralph Uwazuruike.
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan addressed supporters on Friday demanding he join the 2023 presidential race.
Jonathan told protesters who stormed his private office in Abuja to demand that he declare for the 2023 presidency that the political process is underway, urging them to just watch things unfold.
Specifically, he said he could not yet tell them whether or not he would declare himself for the 2023 presidential race.
He said this while addressing a group of supporters, including women and young people, who came with posters to his office in Abuja bearing inscriptions such as “Goodluck Jonathan, you must run”, “We have need you to restore Nigeria”.
On Friday, the Nigerian Police declared twelve (12) people wanted for murders and other acts committed in Isu-Aniocha, Akwa North LGA of Anambra State.
Naija News reports that the 12 people have been declared wanted in connection with a case of conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, act of terrorism, kidnapping, worship and unlawful possession of firearms. fire, burglary, malicious damage and conduct likely to cause a violation of the public peace.
This was announced in a statement by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
He said police had previously obtained a court order to declare the wanted suspects, all men of Igbo origin aged between 25 and 55, from Isu-Aniocha, Awka North LGA of Anambra State with heights between 1.5 m and 1.7 m.
Police have announced the arrest of a 50-year-old man identified as Simeon Onigbo, believed to be the bomb-maker for the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He was arrested during a raid in Uba Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area in Imo State on Thursday, as confirmed on Friday by the spokesman of Imo Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam.
The police spokesperson explained that the suspect manufactures improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used in various attacks by IPOB and the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Several items used in making the explosives were recovered from the scene and handed over to the police’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit for further analysis and possible detonation.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says he has no relationship with his Edo counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, apart from his colleagues.
Naija News reports that Governor de Rivers, who was in Edo State last week, did not meet with Obaseki and the state executive of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Instead, Wike visited the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, in his palace to inform the monarch of his intention to become the next president in 2023.
He also met with South-South Deputy Vice President Dan Orbih and Edo PDP delegates at the residence of a former Chairman of the Board of Directors (BoT) of PDP, the late Chief Tony Anenih.
Rivers State Governor and 2023 presidential candidate Nyesom Wike has revealed that only one thing, death, can make him step down from the presidential race.
He added on Friday that he does not believe in the idea of a consensus candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 presidential ticket that some candidates are promoting because there is no sincerity in their plans.
He said that if the PDP adopts the consensus method, the idea should come directly from the party and not from some people trying to impose their views on others.
Wike said that as long as he is alive he will face other contenders for the PDP ticket in the party’s presidential primary and he is confident of victory.
Former vice president and presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar will not honor First Lady Aisha Buhari’s invitation to a Ramadan Iftar dinner at the State House Conference Center.
Naija News reports that this was made known by Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide and a loyalist to the former vice president.
Reacting to the invitation in a post on her Twitter account, Omokri said Aisha’s invitation was a disguised summons.
While insisting that the First Lady does not have the moral or constitutional authority to summon anyone, he urged Nigerians not to vote for any aspirant who attends the dinner.
These are the headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.