Nigerian Newspapers: Headlines that will interest you today, Tuesday

Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

1. National convention: APC governors propose Feb 26, Al-Makura, Musa lead in party chair’s race [Punch Newspaper]

Former Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and the lawmaker representing Niger East, Senator Sani Musa are favoured by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to emerge as the national chairman of the APC.

A top source in the party said while Al-Makura was being favoured by most of the governors, some strong forces in the Presidency and the Senate were backing Musa.

These came to the fore on Monday as the APC governors at their meeting in Abuja on Sunday agreed to hold the party’s national convention on February 26 and February 27, 2021.

However, the decision on the convention is subject to the final approval of the National Executive Committee of the party led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Read more.

2. PDP governors slam FG over management of nation’s oil, gas resources [Vanguard News Nigeria]

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday, chided the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government over its management of the nation’s vast oil and gas resources.

This is as the governors charged federal lawmakers to save the nation’s democracy by overriding President Buhari’s veto on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, stressing that “an early concluded Electoral Act is vital for credible elections.”

The PDP governors who converged in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, under the aegis of the PDP Governors’ Forum also tasked Nigerians of voting age to brace up to exercise their franchise in the 2023 general elections by registering to kick out the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Read more.

3. AFCON 2021: History as first all-female referees take charge Tuesday [NewsWireNGR]

Rwandan-born referee, Salima Rhadia Mukansanga, will make history when she becomes the first woman to referee a match at the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Tuesday and indeed, lead an all-female officiating team.

A statement on the CAF official website said Mukansanga, 35, will take charge of the group stage match between Zimbabwe and Guinea on Tuesday at 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT) at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.

She is part of the quartet selected as match officials at the match; making it the first time ever that an all-women team officiates a match at an AFCON tournament since the competition was established. Read more.

4. FG files fresh charges against Nnamdi Kanu, barely 24 hours to trial [NewsWireNGR]

Barely 24 hours to the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the federal government (FG) has filed fresh charges against him.

Nnamdi Kanu at the start of his trial was charged with a seven-count treasonable felony. With the new charges levelled against him, Kanu would be arraigned with a 15-count charge.

The charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 was signed by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), M.B. Abubakar.

FG in the amended charge alleged Nnamdi Kanu had through his broadcasts, tried to “destabilize the fundamental political and economic structures of Nigeria”. Read more.

5. Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has revealed why banditry will not end soon [NewsWireNGR]

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has revealed why banditry will not end soon in the state.

The governor attributed the continued attacks by bandits on innocent residents of various communities in the state to the activities of some individuals.

He made the remarks on Monday while briefing State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

“I don’t think this issue of banditry will end very soon because already, some people are behind it,” the governor said.

“Some people are using it and all they need is at least to show Nigerians that both the Federal and Zamfara state governments are not serious about the issue of insecurity, despite the fact that some of them are involved in the crisis of this insecurity. But we’re doing our best.” Read more.

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