Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday 24th April 2022.
Some of the 2023 presidential candidates stormed the former banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja on Saturday for the Ramadan Iftar dinner hosted by First Lady Aisha Buhari.
The event which was to start at 6:30 p.m. had already welcomed some of the guests at 6:20 p.m.
Some of the presidential aspirants who arrived early and were seated when the event began include All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi) and his counterpart from Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed.
Other officials from all political parties in the country attending the dinner include Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio; the former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Barnabas Gemade; former President Yakubu Dogara; and businessman Tein Jack-Rich.
The South East Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Gidado Siddiki has revealed that gunmen allegedly abducted 10 of their members in Anambra State along with 300 cows.
The gunmen who demanded a ransom of 4 million naira and a gun from the families of the victims, carried out the operation in the community of Obene in the local government area of Ogbaru at around 1.30am on Saturday .
According to Siddiki, members of MACBAN were abducted in their sleep by gunmen who were armed with sophisticated weapons, guns, cutlasses, clubs and charms.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has rejected the endorsement of former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State as the northern consensus candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party ( DPP).
Recall that speaking in Minna, the capital of Niger State, after a meeting with the former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, spokesperson for the Northern Elders Forum, Ango Abdullahi said that the decision to select Saraki and Bala had been taken after they weighed the selection criteria. .
Speaking through Tambuwal’s campaign organization TCO, Mobilization Director Nicholas Msheliza, Tambuwal accused Saraki of being behind the alleged endorsement.
While saying the approval was not a true reflection of their recent meeting, the governor said they agreed the issue of a consensus deal was not working.
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has given a condition that would see him quit the People’s Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress.
According to Punch, Jonathan will only join the ruling party ahead of the 2023 general election if he is endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Jonathan for the past few months has stayed away from PDP activities, including the main opposition party’s last national convention.
Posters of the former president were spotted at the ruling party’s national secretariat on Thursday.
The Lagos State government on Saturday ordered the reopening of all Chrisland schools which had been previously closed due to the controversy surrounding some students at the school who were involved in immoral activities.
The directive was given in a statement released by the Lagos State Education Commissioner, Folasade Adefisayo.
Naija News previously reported that the Lagos State government has closed all Chrisland schools in the state.
It comes after some students at the school were involved in sexual acts during a trip to Dubai.
Former executive director of the Sahara Group, Tonye Cole is said to have emerged as the consensus gubernatorial candidate of the Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC).
It has been gathered that Cole emerged the APC consensus candidate after a meeting held Friday night attended by all 10 contenders from the state’s river region.
Tonye Cole is a close ally of Transport Minister Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who was also present at the meeting.
However, some members of Rivers’ APC are against Tonye Cole’s selection, blaming Amaechi for forcing him on them.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has distanced himself from any consensus agreement on the emergence of the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The denial was issued on Saturday by the technical committee for updating Atiku Abubakar’s presidency in 2023 under the leadership of Chief Raymond Dokpesi.
He said Atiku was never part of consensus negotiations for a northern PDP candidate to emerge, adding that the former vice president is nationalist in his approach and does not support a regional arrangement.
The Yoruba traditional leader, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has been confirmed dead.
Naija News understands that the longest reigning Alaafin has died aged 83.
Oba Adeyemi was Alaafin of Oyo for 52 years.
The monarch who would be the third of the Alowodu ruling house died on Friday night at Afe Babalola Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The Northern Elders Forum on Friday endorsed former Senate Speaker Bukola Saraki and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State as the Northern Consensus Presidential Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Naija News reports that this was announced by NEF spokesperson Ango Abdullahi in Minna, the Niger State capital.
Recall that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Bala Mohammed, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Mohammed Hayatu-Deen had criss-crossed the country in the hope of choosing between them a consensual candidate ahead of the PDP presidential primaries.
Speaking on Friday, Ango Abdullahi said the decision to select Saraki and Bala was taken after adjusting the selection criteria.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State gave the reasons why he did not meet Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki during his recent visit to the state.
Naija News reports that Wike met earlier in the week with some PDP delegates at the residence of a former Chairman of the Board of Directors (BoT), the late Chief Tony Anenih.
The Rivers State Governor had traveled to the state for presidential campaign consultations, but did not meet with Obaseki or his deputy, Philip Shaibu.