Good day, good citizens of Nigeria, here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
1. Why Buhari won’t sign electoral act amendment bill’ [Vanguard Newspaper]
President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to the 2021 Electoral Act Amendment bill, stating that signing it into law would cause trouble among the political parties in the country.
Vanguard gathered that the letter of rejection of the bill by President Buhari which had been sent to the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan would be read today at the plenary.
According to a source, the President refused assent because the parties have their various constitutions that indicate that primaries should be conducted either directly or indirectly and until such provisions are amended, asking parties to pick candidates through direct primaries would mean forcing the parties to conduct primaries through direct means which according to President Buhari, amounts to abuse of the constitutions of the parties. Read more.
2. Anambra gov election: APC has no valid candidate — Court [Vanguard Newspaper]
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, nullified the primary election that produced Senator Andy Uba as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the governorship election held in Anambra State on November 6.
The court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, held that the primary election the APC conducted on June 26, wherein Uba emerged as its flag bearer, was done in substantial breach of both the electoral guidelines for the conduct of governorship primary election, as well as the party’s constitution. Read more.
3. CSOs accuse National Assembly top officials of record falsification [Punch Newspaper]
A coalition of Civil Society Organisations on Monday accused three senior officers of the National Assembly of falsifying their official records.
The groups called for necessary disciplinary actions against the affected officers as contained in the Conditions of Service in the National Assembly Service (July 2020 edition).
The CSOs listed the affected officers to include Secretary, Planning and Legislative Budget, Okpara Nnaechi; Clerk to the Senate, Dauda El-Ladan; and Secretary, Special Duties, Adebanjo Ademola.
4. Passport applicants patronise touts to get faster services – Aregbesola [Punch Newspaper]
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has inaugurated the enhanced e-passport production centre in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The minister urged Nigerians to stop patronising touts and switch to online application.
He assured stakeholders that new applicants would get their passports within six weeks while renewal would not exceed three weeks. Read more.
5. Anxious patient’s relative attacks LASUTH workers, nurse breaks neck, others injured [Punch Newspaper]
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the relative of a patient at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for allegedly attacking medical workers at the hospital.
It was gathered that the yet-to-be-identified relative brought the patient with a gunshot injury in a Toyota Sienna to the surgical emergency unit of the hospital around 11pm on Tuesday, December 14.