Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
1. Presidential bid: INEC, CBN partnership under threat over Emefiele’s APC membership [Punch Newspaper]
The Nigerian Bar Association and civil rights groups on Monday warned that Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele’s involvement in politics was threatening the 2023 elections.
They also said his membership of the All Progressives Congress had eroded the credibility of the apex bank, where sensitive materials are kept, during elections.
But the Independent National Electoral Commission, in a statement by Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to its Chairman, said it had taken notice of the latest revelation on Emefiele.
It added that it might move ballot papers from the CBN vaults. Read more.
2. Methodist Church, parents, students kick against ASUU’s continued strike [Vanguard Newspaper]
The Methodist Church of Nigeria, parents, students and other stakeholders, yesterday, called for urgent steps to rescue public universities in the country from immediate collapse, as members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, rolled over their warning strike by another 12 weeks.
The stakeholders, who reacted to ASUU’s action, opined that public universities in the country were now on deathbed. Read more.
3. 2023: Jonathan Meets Adamu, Hours After Group Purchased Forms on His Behalf [ThisDay Newspaper]
The former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday met with National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, in Abuja, a reliable source informed.
The meeting took place a few hours after a Fulani group, under the aegis of the Nomadic Pastoralists and the Almajiri Communities, purchased the ruling party’s nomination and expression of interest forms, and sold for N100 million, for Jonathan. They urged him to contest for president under the party in 2023. Read more.
4. Central Bank Governor Emefiele tells Federal High Court he can contest for 2023 Presidency [NewsWireNGR]
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emiefele has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that he can run for the post of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without vacating his position as the CBN Governor.
The CBN Governor through his Counsel, Mike Ozekhome, told the court that Section 84 ((12) of the Electoral Act as amended, 2022 does not affect him, being a public servant and not a political appointee.
Arguing an exparte motion filed due to the urgency of the matter, Ozekhome said his client is the current CBN governor and he is interested in running for the office of the president of the country in the election scheduled for February next year. Read more.
5. Ondo government allegedly sells cocoa farmers’ farmland to Chinese company [NewsWireNGR]
Cocoa farmers in Ofosu in Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State on Monday protested against alleged sale of their farmland to a Chinese company by the state government.
The protesters barricaded the Lagos/Benin Expressway, carrying placards with different demands.
Some read: “Respect Our Right to Livelihood’’, “Don’t Give Our Land to Mindless Capitalists’’ and “We Want to Remain Farmers and not Armed Robbers’’.
Others read: “No Farmers, No Nation’’, “Please, Don’t Take our Farms’’ and “Have Mercy on Us. Don’t Take our Farms’’. Read more.
6. After dumping presidential ambition, Orji Kalu picks form for Senate [NewsWireNGR]
The Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu says he has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) form for the Abia North Senate seat.
Kalu, in a statement he issued in Abuja, said that his desire to return to senate was to complete the work he started in his constituency.
He, however, announced that his withdrawal from the presidential race was the failure of the Peoples Democratic Party and APC to zone their tickets to South East. Read more.
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