Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday July 17, 2022.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo underwent surgery for a leg injury on Saturday, Naija News reports.
This was made known by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, in a statement on his verified Twitter account.
Akande explained that the surgery became necessary due to recurring leg pain caused by injury, possibly while playing squash.
All Progressives Congress (APC) vice-presidential candidate Kashim Shettima has said that Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi is not fit to be Nigeria’s next president.
According to Shettima, Obi does not have the experience to govern a large and dynamic nation like Nigeria nor does he have the structures to win elections.
Speaking further on Friday during an appearance on Channels TV Politics Today, the former Governor of Borno State said what Nigeria needs in 2023 is a technocrat like the candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, with the ability and connections to continue what President Muhammadu Buhari started.
Controversial writer and journalism professor Farooq Kperogi has said facts uncovered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would show that Labor’s Peter Obi could become Nigeria’s president next year by default.
In an essay published on Saturday, Kperogi said Peter Obi could be “gifted” for the presidency because Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar, candidates for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively, violated the electoral law. 2022, which can lead to their disqualification if Obi or his Labor Party decides.
According to the academic, the electoral law obliges political parties to notify the CENI of their intention to hold primary elections at least 21 days before the date of their convention and also requires that parties submit their membership lists to it at least 30 days before their primary. election. He said the APC failed to meet the first requirement and the PDP failed to meet the second requirement. Labor has met both.
Documents that an INEC insider shared with him allegedly showed that the APC had not informed INEC of its intention to hold its primary elections 21 days before its convention.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has won his voting unit in the ongoing gubernatorial election.
Naija News reports that Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The incumbent governor of Osun state interviewed 545 people to defeat Adeleke who interviewed 69.
Result: Ward 1, Unit 2, Boripe (Governor Oyetola’s Voting Unit).
People’s Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, won her voting unit in the ongoing gubernatorial election in the state.
Naija News previously reported that Adeleke voted in Unit 009, Ward 02, Abogunde/Sagba, Ede North in the state.
Adeleke defeated the current state governor and All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.
PDP gubernatorial candidate Adeleke garnered 218 votes in his voting unit on Saturday.
Barring any last minute intervention, notorious Kingpin of Terror Ada Aleru is set to be crowned as Sarkin Fulani (the leader of the Fulani) of Yandoton Daji Emirate on Saturday (Today) in Zamfara State.
The move to give Aleru a traditional title is said to be aimed at finding lasting peace in the crisis-torn emirates of Tsafe and Yandoton Daji, and other areas of Zamfara and Katsina states, which the terrorist has not stopped to attack with his fighters.
According to Premium Times, the decision to make Aleru a leader follows a dialogue between the elders of the emirate and the terrorist leader.
The emirate’s elders had called on the murderous bandit in March to stop attacking communities in the emirate.
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu met on Saturday with the presidents of the party-ruled states of the federation and promised them active roles in his campaigns ahead of the 2023 general election.
Speakers at the meeting held in Abuja include Mudashiru Obasa from Lagos, Olakunke Oluomo from Ogun, Idris Garba from Jigawa, Kennedy Ibeh from Imo, Eteng Williams from Cross River, Funminiyi Afuye from Ekiti and Oleyelogun Bamidele of Ondo.
The others are Abdulkarim Lawan from Borno, Abdullahi Bawa Wuse from Niger, Ahmed Lawan Mirwa from Yobe, Musa Maigari from Katsina and Siddi Buba, vice-president from Gombe.
Tinubu praised the presidents for the roles they played before his emergence as the party’s presidential flag bearer.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the process that led to the election of former Lagos State Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was purely democratic and reflected the will of the party members.
According to a statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president said this during Sallah’s tribute to the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, on Saturday.
Buhari said, “When the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the parties to elect their presidential candidates, we had 30 candidates, mostly ministers from my cabinet and governors.
“I told each of the aspirants to go and do their best. One governor in particular, in his wisdom, came to meet me and asked me who to vote for at the party convention, checking to see if I had a candidate prefer.
“There was no need for interference, knowing the skill of all the midshipmen. They went to elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and he chose his running mate, Senator Kashim Ibrahim. I pray that we have peaceful and successful elections.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has called on the US government and other international communities to hold the government of President Muhammadu Buhari accountable for the insecurity plaguing the country.
Ortom told this to the State Department in Washington DC during a meeting with his officials.
He claimed that President Buhari and his government were after his life, citing the series of threats he had received and the attempt on his life in March last year.
He insisted that they should be held responsible if anything bad happened to him.
Bashir Ahmad, a former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi from running in the 2023 elections.
This comes after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) filed a lawsuit seeking the disqualification of Obi and Bola Tinubu, citing alleged illegal running mate substitution.
In a message shared on Twitter, Ahmad claimed that the former Anambra State governor’s name was not on the party’s membership list, submitted to INEC.
According to Ahmed, LP submitted its membership list to INEC on April 25 while Obi joined the party on May 26, 2022.