Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday, June 7, 2022
The presidency said on Monday that no one can claim responsibility for Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence as Nigeria’s president in the 2015 general election.
It comes days after All Progressives Congress national leader Bola Tinubu claimed he was responsible for Buhari’s emergence as president.
Tinubu said this at the presidential box in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, while addressing APC delegates ahead of the party’s primary elections.
The statement was however retracted by the presidential aspirant, saying the statement was misinterpreted.
The Presidency, in a statement released through the President’s Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Buhari’s emergence as President was decided by millions of Nigerians.
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that Senate Speaker Ahmed Lawan will be the ruling party’s consensus presidential candidate.
Naija News has learned that Senator Abdullahi Adamu announced Lawan as the party’s preferred candidate during the National Works Committee (NWC) meeting on Monday in Abuja.
The APC Chairman at the meeting said he came to Lawan’s choice after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
He however said that other presidential candidates will be allowed to contest the party’s primary presidential election in Eagle Square, Abuja, scheduled for June 6-8.
It was found that the NWC members rejected Lawan’s announcement as the consensus candidate and insisted that other aspirants should be given the chance to compete.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has expressed his confidence in becoming the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking through his Information Commissioner, Charles Aniagwu, the Governor said only God can fight against its emergence.
He said he contributed positively to the growth of the party, which he does not brag about, as it is the right thing to do as a party man.
Okowa also dismissed speculation that a former state governor, James Ibori, was secretly working against his chances of being Atiku’s running mate.
A former Senate Speaker, Ken Nnamani, has dropped out of the race to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate.
Naija News reports that Nnamani made his withdrawal from the race known during an interview with reporters in Abuja on Monday.
The former senator said his decision to walk away from contesting the APC presidential ticket was because he didn’t have the opportunity to market his profile and ideas to delegates.
He, however, promised to continue to engage with the ruling party and its leaders to ensure that the ideas and values he cherishes find a firm footing.
President Muhammadu Buhari warned on Monday that he would not allow the imposition of a presidential candidate before the All Progressives Congress presidential primary.
It comes hours after northern governors elected on the party platform called for the transfer of power to the south.
The president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday, noted that his manager had cleared up all doubts about his position on choosing a presidential candidate.
Shehu said the president told the 14 northern state governors that he had no preferred candidate and did not nominate any candidate.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, lost another big party wig, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe.
Naija News understands that the former national secretary of the ruling party has confirmed his withdrawal from membership in a letter dated June 4, 2022, which was addressed to the Chairman of APC from his Offot Ward 6, Uyo, Naija News. State of Akwa Ibom.
Akpanudoedehe’s resignation comes amid controversies surrounding the party in a bid to pick a candidate for the 2023 general election.
Naija News understands that Akpanudoedehe was part of the defunct planning committee for the party’s CECPC Extraordinary Guardians Convention led by Governor Mai Mala-Buni.
Akpanudoedehe said the decision to get rid of APC was difficult for him, but he had to give in to pleas from his associates, allies and supporters.
The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, has again embarked on an indefinite strike.
Parliamentary staff have taken to industrial action to protest further delays in fully implementing their revised terms of service, Naija News reports.
PASAN had, about a year ago, suspended its indefinite strike to allow the implementation of the memorandum of action.
Parliamentary staff had in May 2020 written to Senate Speaker Ahmed Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila calling on them to wade through a brewing crisis occasioned by an alleged plot to halt the implementation of the revised condition. service for members.
However, lawmakers, despite being given another chance to do the needful, reportedly failed to implement the terms of service.
A member of PASAN EXCO who hinted at their ordeal in a conversation with the Daily Post, said the group’s members have decided to shut down National Assembly activities until their needs are met.
The Presidency has denied reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s convoy was involved in a road accident along Airport Road, Abuja.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President for Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, made this known in a tweet on Monday contrary to media reports.
Akande said the convoy from Osinbajo stopped to help victims of the road accident before heading to Owo, Ondo state, for a visit of condolences following the killing of many worshipers in town on Sunday.
He further described reports alleging that one of the vehicles carrying the Vice President’s aides had somersaulted as bogus and untrue.
Some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party have demanded the resignation of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as the party’s national chairman.
Members, including delegates and party leaders, said Adamu was irresponsible in single-handedly announcing the choice of Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan as the party’s consensus presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.
They further accused him of lying as president, Muhammadu Buhari had debunked Lawan’s endorsement contrary to the claims of the APC national president.
Similarly, state governors, as well as the party’s national working committee, have denied having endorsed Lawan.
Following the tragedy, some of the party members, delegates and others called on Adamu to step down as National President of the APC.
Former News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) chief executive Bayo Onanuga says he regretted introducing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu in 1999.
Presidential campaign organization spokesperson Bola Tinubu did so in an article published in Abuja on Monday.
Onanuga said Tinubu picked Osinbajo from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) classroom and appointed him Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Lagos State in 1999.
The veteran journalist said Tinubu included Osinbajo’s name in his cabinet in the presence of former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and former Lagos Information Commissioner, Dele Alake .
Onanuga recalled that Tinubu wrote Bayo Oriola’s name as Commissioner of Justice before asking Tinubu to name his close friend, Osinbajo.
The veteran journalist said that when naming Osinbajo and praising him, Tinubu asked him to invite the vice president.