Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Sunday 4th September 2022.
The former militant leader, the Ekpemupolo government better known as Tompolo has revealed that he plans to do what is necessary to secure the oil pipelines located in the Niger Delta.
Tompolo promised to secure peace by involving all stakeholders in efforts to secure oil pipelines and protect the entire Niger Delta region and its environment.
He pledged to prevent illegal oil activities in the region, to ensure peace and to protect Nigeria.
Naija News understands that he said this during an event with traditional leaders in the Niger Delta where he stressed the need to prevent oil bunkering.
He said, “We are going to take serious action, where we are going to stop illegal activities in the Niger Delta region.”
“We are going to implore the press…we have no place to live but Nigeria. We must do everything in our power to protect our environment, protect our country and our nation.
The special assistant in charge of public communications of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Phrank Shaibu, said that his director would be president in 2023.
Naija News reports that Shaibu was reacting to the recent war of words between Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and PDP National Chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
Recall that in responding to a statement credited to the PDP chairman, Wike threatened on Thursday to help the PDP lose the 2023 presidential election, describing Ayu as a “greedy” man who only looked out for his own interest.
In an interview on ARISE TV, Shaibu said, “If money was put on trees, some people would even marry monkeys. The current problems plaguing our nation go beyond petty money issues. The truth is that there is a language that suits the office of governor and the office of president. More importantly, the PDP is our party and Governor Wike is one of ours, but whether the rooster crows or not, the sun will rise. Atiku will be president in 2023.
“It’s just a matter of interest. The PDP is not a pressure group, it is a political party. But you know, a bitter heart is not capable of charity. You don’t expect someone whose interest is affected in any way to be charitable with words. Although I expect a certain level of decorum. But I won’t question their choice of words.”
Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi has swept his opposition in the upcoming 2023 presidential election.
The former governor of Anambra State was seen in a viral social media video mocking the leadership of an unnamed party, saying they were going to say ‘IT’S THEIR TURN’ to become president from Nigeria.
Naija News heard Obi say in the video that the 2023 election will be based on who the citizens can trust and not a race for rights as some people made clear earlier.
He said, “It’s our turn, but the people who are on their turn now, do they have continuous electricity? But it’s their turn, so it’s not about turn, it’s about connection.
“There are about 18 of us running for the presidency. What I want you to do is not say he’s my man. Listen to us eighteen.
“Not by proxy, nobody should send someone to come and tell you, they have to come physically, that is if they are fit enough.
Some senior Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors such as Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom would meet again in London on Friday to take decisive action in the face of the lingering crisis. rock the party.
A high-ranking party member told Vanguard that Makinde was the first to join Wike, while Ortom was making a stopover en route to the United States of America.
The source said, “Unless a miracle happens, the reconciliation talks between Atiku and Wike have broken down irretrievably.
“Wike and his team are currently in London where they met this afternoon and I have confidence that All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu will join them to conclude the talks started there. weeks ago.”
Another party source said: “The dice are cast, Wike and his team have requested an extraction from the southern president of the People’s Democratic Party.
“They were ready to make concessions in the interest of the party, but the arrogance of some leaders on the other side forced them to rethink.”
The Pan Yoruba Socio-Cultural Organization, Afenifere is divided over the presidential ambitions of All Progressives Congress flag bearer Bola Tinubu and Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi.
Afenifere’s leader, Ayo Adebanjo had openly supported their Obi presidential ambition.
Adebanjo had claimed that it was the turn of the South East to take power, hence the reason for his support for the former governor of Anambra State.
The group’s former national secretary, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa, in an interview with Vanguard said Adebanjo had the right to support anyone.
According to Arogbofa, if the election takes place in 2023, the majority of Afenifere members will support Tinubu.
Arogbofa said Tinubu has done well as Governor of Lagos State adding that he can bring that as President.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar met with the party’s gubernatorial candidates on Saturday.
Naija News reports that the meeting was held at the Abuja residence of Atiku and also hosted PDP Vice Presidential candidate Ifeanyi Okowa.
Speaking on what was discussed at the meeting, Atiku said they had strategized on how to mobilize Nigerians to vote against the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the general election. of 2023.
He wrote on Twitter: “Today I met with the gubernatorial candidates of @OfficialPDPNig at my residence in Abuja. It was an opportunity to take an x-ray of the state of the nation and how we can mobilize Nigerians for the task of ousting the ruling party and beginning the rebuilding of Nigeria.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar is expected to meet Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday.
The supposed meeting between the Atiku and Governor Wike will take place a few days after they meet in London to resolve their differences.
A political actor close to Atiku who spoke to New Telegraph said Atiku was meeting with Wike to wrap up his demands.
The source noted that Atiku hopes the party crisis will be resolved before the 2023 general election.
The source said, “Sir, please advise the outcome of your meeting with Wike. The only thing he said was that it went well. That’s all he told us. This means that whatever was discussed (between the two), he didn’t want to share it.
The government of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has ordered all secondary and primary schools in the state to reopen on Monday, September 5, 2022.
Naija News understands that the directive was in a statement issued today by the Director General of the State Education Quality Assurance Bureau, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni.
Seriki-Ayeni in the note that the state education commissioner, Ms. Folasade Adefisayo, has approved the start date for 2022/2023 schooling.
He said the government is concerned about providing quality and sustainable education to young citizens, which is why all school leaders must comply with the directive.
The statement read: “All schools below tertiary level in Lagos State are required to resume for Term 1 on Monday 5th September 2022 as set out in the Harmonized Academic Calendar 2022/2023 as approved by Hon. Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo.
“The academic calendar prioritizes standardized learning days and schools must ensure strict adherence to the delivery of quality and sustainable education in Lagos State.
“Students and school staff are welcome at school and should follow health and safety protocols for a productive school year.”
The National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Board of Directors (BoT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are expected to meet on Thursday to decide the fate of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Board members will decide whether Ayu should stay on or step down following the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, also from the north.
Ayu reportedly vowed to resign from office if the party’s presidential candidate steps out of the North.
The national PDP chairman, however, after Atiku emerged, insisted that he would not step down.
This is despite Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike’s call for Ayu to step down.
Ayu had stated that he would not allow the children (whose names he did not reveal) to destroy the party.
African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential candidate Dumebi Kachikwu has been suspended from the party, Naija News reports.
The party noted in a statement made available to reporters on Saturday that the presidential candidate was suspended for gross indiscipline and violations of the party’s constitution, including postings and comments likely to slander national ADC officials. .
The statement said the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) had chosen to ignore Kachikwu’s previous offenses for peace to prevail, but could not shy away from his recent erroneous and defamatory video circulating in cyberspace, among other things. offences.
CDA National Vice President (Political), Dr. Bamidele Ajadi, pointed out in the statement that the decision was made against Kachikwu following an emergency NWC meeting held on Friday, September 2, 2022.
He said the party viewed Kachikwu’s action as “gross irresponsibility, gross indiscipline, dishonest scandal and blackmail and totally unfit for someone who wants to be President of Nigeria”.
Ajadi said that the NWC views with great concern the baseless and defamatory video produced, published and broadcast by Kachikwu, which aimed to denigrate and attack the integrity and image of a peaceful and transformation-oriented ADC and of its national officers.
He stated categorically in the statement that the presidential candidate’s speech in said video contravenes the principles and values on which the CDA was founded and the specific provision of Article 16 of the CDA Constitution.