Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 27th August 2022.
At the heart of the sham general elections held since the advent of democracy in Nigeria are various manifestations of wrongdoing. Nigerian politicians and their agents are a bunch of desperadoes who want to win at all costs, regardless of the damage their over-ambition leaves behind. Beyond scuttling the democratic process, the warmongering and shenanigans of these do-or-die politicians and their musclemen are fueling fear in the electorate that they would rather stay indoors than go out and exercise their civic duty on election day. Nigeria’s election hold-up hit a new low in 2007, such that the announced winner of the presidential poll, Gentleman Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, admitted in his inaugural address that “our elections had flaws”, promising that his government will learn from its mistakes and address the shortcomings that marked the election.
In keeping with this commitment, President Yar’Adua set up a 22-member electoral reform committee on August 28, 2007, headed by retired judge Muhammed Uwais to, among other things, “review the entire electoral process with a view to ensure that we raise the quality and standard of our general elections and thereby deepen our democracy. This brief historical excursion is made necessary by the timeliness of one of the recommendations of this watershed panel. He called for the separation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the creation of a different agency to take on certain aspects of the duties of the electoral arbiter. Join the push for an electoral violations commission, which was also promoted by Senator Ken Nnamani’s electoral reform committee set up in 2015 by the Buhari government to take a closer look at the Uwais panel’s report.
Some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are pushing for an investigation into the party’s finances.
Naija News has gathered that some PDP NWC members are angry that the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu has not accounted for some funds that have been given to the party.
A source told TheCable that PDP leaders have demanded an audit of around 1 billion naira which the party obtained from friends of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The source added that PDP NWC members want Ayu to account for the funds that have been given to the party through the sale of forms and donations.
“Some of the NWC members want an audit of around 1 billion naira which the party got from friends of Atiku, in addition to donations from governors and the sale of nomination forms,” the source said.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina has revealed that for a long time he disliked Nigeria’s former military leader, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB).
According to Adesina, he believed that Babangida who overthrew Buhari in a palace coup in 1985 did so for selfish reasons.
Naija News recalls that in August 1985, Major General Ibrahim Babangida, then Army Chief of Staff, led armed forces officers to overthrow the government of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (who himself seized power in the 1983 coup).
However, Adesina in a post via his Facebook page on Thursday in which he spoke enthusiastically about the recently deceased Duro Onabule, who served as BWI’s chief press secretary during his regime, said it was a particular action by Babangida. after the death of his own mother who has mellowed. him.
He said that while he was against IBB, Onabule never took his opposition against his own principal against him.
A former presidential candidate and editor of Ovation magazine, Dele Momodu, recounted what happened between him and Senator Remi Tinubu, wife of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flag bearer, Bola Tinubu, during the funeral of an APC leader. , Kemi Nelson, in Lagos.
Momodu, in a terse statement posted to his verified Instagram page via @delemomoduovation on Friday, said he chose to put Nigeria above friendship.
The media mogul, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has revealed that he rejected Remi’s offer to support her husband in next year’s elections.
He said: “Only two people apart from the photographers witnessed what happened between me and Senator Oluremi Tinubu yesterday at the funeral of Chief Kemi Nelson at (the) Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Ikeja, Lagos.
“Before some people add salt and pepper to it, I have to say specifically what happened…
“Senator Tokunbo Abiru and Dr Tunji Olowolafe and I had entered around the same time and went to greet my dearest sister, Senator Oluremi Tinubu. As soon as she saw me, we exchanged our usual pleasantries and then she asked me, ‘So Bob Dee, you’re not going to campaign for my husband…?’ I smiled and remained very calm before responding, “Your Excellency, I’m in PDP…” She apparently didn’t find it funny and regaled us with the past I shared with her husband and I I tried to calm her down.
A former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Vice Chairman, Olabode George, has warned former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido against an attack on Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Naija News reports that Lamido has consistently attacked the Rivers State Governor over his rift with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking on Channels Television on Tuesday, Lamido said: “We should forget about Wike.
“Wike is an individual. I don’t think because he’s governor there he has control and monopoly over the people of Rivers.
Reacting, George asked Lamido and other party elders to learn from the pacifist nature of the party’s founding fathers.
Bode George, who cited the roles played by some founding fathers of the PDP, such as Chief Solomon Lar, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Chief Bola Ige (who drafted the party constitution), Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, Chief Sunday Awoniyi and others, said, “All those elders, who are late today, were never obsessed with their selfish needs or interests. They were patriots. It is thanks to their patriotism and their sacrifices that PDP remains a very strong brand today.
“So, I call on party leaders, elders and members to consider the general interest of the PDP. The fact that someone has knowingly or unknowingly done something unfair or dishonest does not justify a personal attack or similar behavior.
A former communications minister, Adebayo Shittu, has lambasted former transport minister Rotimi Amaechi for his attitude towards All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.
Naija News reports that Shittu is the Managing Director of the Asiwaju Tinubu-Shettima Coalition for Good Governance.
In an interview with The Punch on Thursday, Shittu said the former minister had shown resentment and was unfazed by Tinubu’s presidential aspiration.
The former minister claimed that Wike’s planned defection to the ruling APC will inevitably displace and relegate Amaechi to Rivers State.
He said Wike is currently busy playing psychological warfare against the PDP and keeping them guessing whether he will quit the party or not.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau has been sworn in as the new President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Naija News reports that the emergence of Maikyau came after the administration led by Olumide Akpata expired.
The jurist had won the election for the position earlier in July when he garnered 38,000 electoral votes to become the 31st NBA president.
The swearing-in ceremony took place today at the Eko Hotel & Suites.
At the event, Maikyau thanked God for helping him so far. He also thanked his colleagues at YC Maikyau & Co., his campaign team, and his friends and associates who supported his candidacy.
Maikyau praised the outgoing Akpata administration for the leaps and bounds it has recorded in the NBA over the past two years.
Following the intervention of industry players, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) temporarily suspended its order on the revocation of certain media licenses.
This development was announced Friday in a statement by NBC CEO Balarabe Shehu.
He said NBC made the decision to temporarily suspend the shutdown of indebted broadcast stations across the country after getting positive responses and stakeholder intervention.
It will be recalled that the commission announced on Friday August 19 its decision to revoke the broadcasting licenses of approximately 52 stations in the country.
He also ordered NBC’s state offices to liaise with security agencies to ensure those stations stop operating within the next 24 hours.
The NBC boss noted that the affected stations had been suspended for non-payment of federal license fees to the tune of 2.6 billion naira.
A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, who was imprisoned for a month in Uyo prison has regained his freedom.
Naija News recalls that on July 27, Judge Ekaette Obot jailed Effiong for alleged contempt of court after he allegedly protested the presence of armed police in court.
The lawyer was in court defending Leo Ekpenyong, a lawyer, in a defamation suit brought by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom when the incident occurred.
However, in a recent live video, Effiong was spotted walking out of jail at the hands of friends and colleagues who had gathered around Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo, as early as 8am.
Ruling All Progressive Congress vice-presidential candidate Kashim Shettima has revealed the reason why he wore the outfit he wore to the Nigerian Bar Association conference in Lagos on Monday, August 22.
Naija News understands that the outfit worn by APC Vice Presidential candidate Kashim Shettima at the Nigerian Bar Association conference has drawn a lot of reactions on social media.
Critics mocking the APC leader’s outfit, created a trend called #ShettimaChallenge with images of several of them donning different size suits with a red tie and pairs of sneakers on Nigerian Twitter .
However, speaking about the outfit on Thursday, the former Borno governor said he learned there was a gang against him so he decided to throw them in with his outfit.
He noted that the outfit was deliberately worn to discourage people during the campaign.