Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday 8th June 2022
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidates have not given up the chance to produce a consensus candidate.
Speaking at the Eagle Square site of the APC presidential primaries, Sanwo-Olu said the candidates are very capable and believe in their individual abilities to secure the APC ticket and win the 2023 presidential election for the party, but consultations are continuing between them on the possible emergence of a consensus candidate.
He said some announcements could still be made directly on the convention grounds, which would change a lot, saying the situation as it is “never say never”.
The leader of the Senate, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, rejected the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kebbi State.
His defection from the APC to the PDP was confirmed by his special adviser on media and publicity Muhammad Jamil Gulma.
“The Senate Leader, Dr. Yahaya Abdullahi, will leave Abuja at 9am on Wednesday for Kebbi and travel to Kamba Local Government to officially declare himself for the PDP and possibly indicate his interest in contesting his current seat,” said Vanguard.
Yahaya’s defection has been linked to his embarrassing loss in the ruling APC gubernatorial primary in Kebbi State.
A senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Kabiru Gaya of Kano has revealed that the party’s presidential candidate list has been narrowed to two.
He made this known on Tuesday ahead of the start of voting by delegates to hold the APC presidential primaries at Eagle Square in Abuja.
Speaking during an interview with Channels TV at the main pitch, Gaya revealed the names of the two contenders remaining in the race for the APC ticket as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Naija News recalls that the two aspirants are also part of the confirmed five-man list submitted earlier by Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong.
Gaya during the interview added that the party’s plan is to have a candidate from the south west and a running mate from the north.
Nigerian tech enthusiast and politician Adamu Garba has withdrawn from the 2023 presidential race.
Naija News reports that the Young Progressive Party (YPP) aspirant, announced the development in a lengthy tweet thread on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
Recall that Garba participated earlier in the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC. The politician, however, dumped the ruling party on seeing anomalies in the APC.
Giving the reasons for his withdrawal from the presidential race, Garba took to his Twitter page on Tuesday to note that in his quest to clinch the country’s number one political position, he discovered that a broad sweep was needed. consultation and rallying the country’s interest. stakeholders at the national level.
This according to him, was not well done to satisfaction during his campaign.
Nearly 24 hours after kidnappers abducted the elderly mother of All Progressives Congress (APC) Kano Central Senatorial District candidate AA Zaura, agents from the Department of State Services, DSS, took her rescued in Jigawa State.
This was just as the Kano State Police Command said it had arrested two people in connection with the kidnappings, whose identities were not immediately established.
However, it will be recalled on Monday, gunmen stormed Zaura town of Nassarawa local government area in Kano state and abducted Zaura’s mother in the early hours of Monday.
It will also be recalled that Hajia Laure Mai Kunu was kidnapped around 4 am before the call to prayer for Muslims.
In the early hours of Monday, Hajia Laure was abducted from her home in Zaura village, about five kilometers from the main town center.
While confirming the incident on Monday, the Chairman of Ungogo Local Government Area, Engr. Abdullahi Garba Ramat, said security officers did not officially inform him of the incident.
However, a senior DSS official who preferred anonymity confirmed that their men rescued Laure and another elderly woman who was abducted almost ten days ago.
Seven candidates for the All Progressives Congress presidency have rejected the alleged list of aspirants allegedly submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Former science and technology minister Ogbonnaya Onu, who led the aggrieved aspirants in a statement released on Tuesday shortly after a brief meeting in Abuja, described the move as chaotic and an already unsuccessful attempt to sideline other aspirants, especially those from the Southeast. and South-South
Onu, in a joint statement, distanced himself from the list while describing the move as a joke and utter nonsense taken too far.
The seven aspirants who have joined UN are Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade; former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and businessman Tein Jack-Rich.
In a joint statement released by UN on their behalf, the group distanced itself from the alleged list.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have accused Fulani terrorists of attacking worshipers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
In a statement, IPOB spokeswoman Emma Powerful urged Christians to take their safety personally and stop depending on the Nigerian government.
Powerful’s statement reads in part: “We, the global movement and family of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, condemn the Fulani terrorist attack on the church Catholic in Owo Ogun State today Sunday 5th June 2022.
“IPOB has repeatedly suggested that Christians stop depending on the Nigerian government for security of life and property; the reason is that the current regime has only one interest and that is the interest of the Fulani. Fulani terrorists posing as politicians and security officers are those who run Nigeria’s military, police and other security agencies and are responsible for recruiting terrorists who massacred Christians, Muslims and non-Christians. – Innocent Muslims.
Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule said on Tuesday that the Progressive Governors Forum does not have the power to curtail the number of presidential aspirants ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
According to Sule, the party must organize an election for all the twenty-three candidates selected by the party, if they insist on running in the primary.
Governor Sule, who is the chairman of the media and publicity committee for the primary election, said this during an interview on Channels TV.
Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho has condemned the horrific killing of worshipers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
Naija News earlier reported that unknown gunmen attacked the Catholic Church on Sunday and killed many worshipers as the service drew to a close.
The gunmen were found to have detonated explosives before shooting worshipers, including women and children.
In a viral audio released on Tuesday morning, Igboho, who spoke Yoruba, reportedly said he had been exonerated after the terror attack on the church and the murder of more than 20 worshippers.
The agitator claimed he had alerted the Yorubas to terrorist activities in the South West, adding that the government had not heeded his warning.
The temporary management of Nigeria Air has revealed the reason why it has not taken delivery of any aircraft needed for its operations.
Captain Dapo Olumide, the managing director of the airline, speaking at the headquarters of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority after receiving an air transport license for the airline, explained that it is difficult to acquire the aircraft due to the effects of COVID-19 on the aviation sector worldwide.
However, he noted that efforts were underway to purchase the aircraft as the NCAA had made it one of the necessary requirements before another vital certificate could be issued.