Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday 1st May 2022.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader and frontline presidential aspirant Bola Tinubu is back in Nigeria after attending the small hajj also known as Umrah in Saudi Arabia.
Naija News learned that the former Governor of Lagos arrived in the country through Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State on Friday evening.
Tinubu, who spent three days in Saudi Arabia for the Islamic ritual, was received at Lagos airport by some of his supporters and associates.
The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi said he would not dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) if he did not win the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.
Amaechi who is one of the contenders for the APC ticket said his loyalty remains with the party regardless of the outcome of the presidential primaries.
He also pledged to support whoever eventually emerges as the APC’s candidate for the presidency 2023.
The minister was quoted in a statement Saturday from his media office as making the submission on Friday during a consultative meeting with APC members and stakeholders in Rivers State.
The Chairman of Ibarapa Central People’s Democratic Party in Oyo State, Alhaji Abiola Azeez decamped to the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Naija News understands that Azeez was among others who defected to the country’s ruling party alongside a member of the House of Representatives representing Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North Federal Constituency, Hon. Ajibola Saubana Muraina.
The politicians confirmed their defection to the APC on Saturday during a program organized by the Oyo State branch of the APC to welcome new members to the party.
Naija News understands that Muraina, who is in his third term in the green chamber, was elected on the PDP platform in 2019.
The former legislator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani claimed on Saturday that President Muhammadu Buhari would have protested if the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had run up debts like the current government.
The People’s Democratic Party gubernatorial aspirant said during an ongoing session on Twitter Spaces with Daily Trust.
Sani lamented that Nigeria never borrowed as much as it did under the Buhari administration.
The former lawmaker further said that the current government continues to borrow everywhere despite the level of indebtedness the country has.
The former legislator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani said on Saturday that insecurity persists in Nigeria because the president is weak to act.
Sani said so during a Twitter Spaces session with Daily Trust on “Insecurity and the 2023 general election.
According to Sani, if attacks continue across the country and nothing is achieved, it is the president’s responsibility to withdraw those in charge of security and bring in new ones.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu presented his nomination for Governor and Expression of Interest forms to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The governor made the disclosure on his Twitter page on Saturday morning where he also showed a photo of Tinubu posing with his own presidential nomination forms.
The two politicians are respectively seeking the Governor of Lagos ticket and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket for the 2023 elections, Naija News reports.
According to Sanwo-Oludevelopment signifies a new dawn in the political landscape of Lagos and Nigeria.
Former Speaker of the Nigerian Senate, Abubakar Bukola Sarakijoined the crowd of others to participate in this year’s small Hajj, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The People’s Democratic Party, leader of the PDP and 2023 presidential candidate performed the Tawaf on Saturday, April 30. Naija News understand.
The former governor of Kwara State was spotted in photos alongside other Nigerian dignitaries.
A senior Nigerian lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has said that the country’s constitution in no way excludes former President Goodluck Jonathan from running for president in 2023.
Ozekhome added that those who cite constitutional reasons why Jonathan should not run in the 2023 presidential election are only myopic and selfish, adding that they only cite one side and ignore the other side.
In his view, these people fear that the Bayelsa-born former President of Nigeria will beat their own candidate, hence their schemes to look for ways to disqualify him from the race.
The human rights lawyer argued that apart from the constitution, the case had already been taken to the Court of Appeal and the case had been settled in favor of good luck jonathan.
At least nine members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from Abia State have declared their interest in the party’s gubernatorial ticket in 2023.
Speaking in Umuahia on Friday, the president of the APC in the state, Acho Obiomasaid the party leadership is making arrangements to meet with all nine gubernatorial candidates next week on Tuesday to fine-tune modalities for the upcoming primaries.
The party leader assured that the stakeholders will make a collective decision to arrive at the party standard bearer before the Elections 2023 in the state.
Naija News reports that Obioma said this when he received the Nigerian Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Sampson Ogah at the APC State Secretariat, Umuahia yesterday.
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed said it had not been easy to combine presidential campaign activities with his responsibilities as incumbent governor.
He added, however, that his efforts to put Bauchi on the map in the center were responsible for his interest in the 2023 presidency.
He said Bauchi had not been at the forefront of political activity in the country for so long, but it was time to change the narrative.
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