Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 23rd July 2022.
After a long period of evading its avowed aims of promoting and protecting the interests of its members and affiliates, the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) let out a flicker of “Aluta!” when he issued a notice of nationwide protest against the continuing strike action by the University Academic Staff Union and other unions in Nigeria’s public university sector. While the NLC stood on the sidelines and played the opossum, it was fair to ask the usefulness of a congress whose favorite refrain is “solidarity forever” but which could not fellowship with distressed comrades forced to stop their tools for five consecutive months. As the scheduled date for the two-day protest draws closer, the federal government has since gone into panic mode, apparently using all sorts of tricks to dissuade the nation’s labor umbrella group from defending public universities. We can only wonder why the Labor Congress waited until this time to protest the government’s negligent treatment of ASUU and other unions in the higher education sector. Ordinarily, organized labor should be the voice of citizens against marginalization, bad economic policies that are perceived to bring hardship to the people, oppression or welfare of workers and others. Unfortunately, NLC had played opossum on these noble roles.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has denied allegations that he rejected Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as his running mate.
Naija News reports that the former VP made the revelation during an interview on Arise TV on Friday.
Recall that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, in an interview last month, said that 14 out of 17 PDP panel members preferred Wike as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.
Ortom claimed that Atiku ignored the recommendations of the panel he set up to choose his running mate by choosing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.
Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has petitioned the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) suit seeking his disqualification for appointing Doyin Okupe as his replacement.
Recall that the PDP had taken Peter Obi to court for his decision to replace Okupe with Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as running mate for the 2023 elections.
The PDP had demanded to prevent the LP presidential candidate from replacing Okupe and also to prevent the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, from replacing Kabiru Masari as running mate.
Responding to the original motion, Obi and Okupe’s attorney, Alex Ejesieme (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the PDP’s lawsuit on four grounds.
Nigerian police officers raided the headquarters of the Peoples Gazette newspaper in Abuja on Friday, arresting one of its editors.
Peoples Gazette in a publication claimed that John Adenekan, an associate editor, was taken away at around 12:35 p.m. by five armed police officers who broke into the newspaper’s office opposite NNPC Quarters in Utako.
Officers who refused to state the reason for their alleged attack demanded to see editor Samuel Ogundipe and journalist Adefemola Akintade.
The two journalists were unavailable during the operation, prompting officers to arrest Adenekan for them, continuing an unconstitutional tradition of arresting associates if persons of interest are unavailable.
All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu has been accused by the People’s Democratic Party of trying to undermine the July 16, 2022 gubernatorial election in Osun State.
Recall that the candidate for the post of governor of the PDP, Ademola Adeleke beat the outgoing governor and candidate of the APC, Gboyega Oyetola.
The PDP claimed that the former Governor of Lagos State traveled to Abuja to seek help on the outcome of the gubernatorial election but was rejected by stakeholders.
PDP National Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba said so during a press conference in Abuja on Friday.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has said that the Labor Party (LP) will not be a threat to his party in 2023.
In an interview on Arise TV on Friday, Atiku said he did not see the Labor Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, winning the 2023 presidential election.
Atiku added that he doesn’t expect the LP to achieve a surprise in 2023 because it lacks structure and national appeal. He added that the party has no governors, members of the National Assembly and state assemblies.
The former vice president claimed that the party will not split votes for the PDP in certain regions as some political analysts suggest.
The Presidency said that after his term ends in 2023, many Nigerians will look back and always remember President Muhammadu Buhari as a man who made a big difference on many fronts.
The president’s special adviser for media and publicity, Femi Adesina, made the remark in a post via his Facebook page on Thursday.
According to Adesina, although his party contested Osun’s gubernatorial election held on July 16, President Buhari refused to deploy federal power or influence the outcome of polls in favor of his party. party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola. .
The presidential media aide argued that this is contrary to what was generally achieved when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controlled the central government.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) is set to investigate 3,657 civil servants for failure to check on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, made this known on Thursday, during a conversation with correspondents from the State House in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
She said 61,446 officials from various government ministries, departments and agencies have been verified on the system.
During a slide presentation, Yemi-Esan said that at least 1,618 applicants have filed illegal or false letters, with 874 officers having been suspended from the IPPIS platform so far. She said IPPIS saves the government about N180 million per month and about N2 billion per year.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered a former Federation Accountant General, Ahmed Idris, to be taken into custody by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Judge AO Adeyemi Ajayi gave the order on Friday, Naija News reports.
The judge ordered that the suspended AGF be placed in the custody of the EFCC alongside Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.
The anti-corruption agency had brought Idris and his co-defendants to court on Friday after charges of theft and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109.4 billion.
On Thursday, Mbazulike Amechi, a statesman and aviation minister of the First Republic, claimed that the decisions of the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari were influenced by cabals in Aso Rock.
Amechi noted that letters forwarded to President Buhari on the state of affairs in the country were not delivered to the President.
The former minister said this as he spoke at his residence in Nnewi South Local Government Area in Anambra State.
He further said that when he met President Buhari alongside Igbo elders calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the President ordered them to put their request in writing.