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Nigerian Newspapers: Headlines that will interest you today, Wednesday

Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

1. 2023 PRESIDENCY: Jonathan makes U-turn on APC ticket [Vanguard Newspaper]

After two hours of meeting with leaders and members of Fulani community, who procured the N100 million presidential nomination forms for him, former President Goodluck Jonathan, is considering running on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, Vanguard learned, authoritatively last night.

The former president reportedly met with the Fulani pastoralists between 11p.m on Monday and 1a.m on Tuesday to sort out issues regarding their purchase of the presidential nomination forms without his consent, a development, which made him to reject the offer and denounce those involved in the action. Read more.

2. Jonathan’s backers seek adoption, southern APC aspirants disagree [Punch Newspaper]

Some All Progressives  Congress leaders have stepped up moves to adopt former President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s consensus presidential candidate in 2023.

The moves formed part of the discussions between the former President and the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, in Abuja on Monday night.

It was gathered that already, the party leaders, including two northern governors,  had reached out to other members of the National Working Committee to ensure the adoption of Jonathan as the consensus candidate.

3. Why Buhari should extend his tenure as President – Robert Clarke [NewsWireNGR]

Elder statesman, Chief Robert Clarke, has called for the extension of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.

On Monday, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) argued that the months preceding the 2023 elections are insufficient to reduce insecurity and allow for the conduct of elections.

Clarke stated on ARISE Television that the Constitution allows the President to extend his term for six months in the first instance if he believes that the conditions are not conducive to holding elections.

He claimed that it was incorrect to suppose that the President could not serve two terms of eight years each. Clarke stated that the President could continue to grant himself six-month extensions to hold elections. Read more.

4. Petrol marketers Association urge Nigerians to prepare for the worst fuel crisis [NewsWireNGR]

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has asked Nigerians to prepare for the worst fuel crisis.

To avoid this, the petrol marketers association asked the Federal Government to prevail on the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority to pay its members their outstanding bridging claims amounting to over N500 billion.

The IPMAN chairman in Kano State, Bashir Danmalam, made the remarks while addressing a news conference in Kano State on Monday.

He said the failure of the NMDPRA to pay the the bridging claims, otherwise known as transportation claims, had forced many of its members out of business as they couldn’t transport the commodity due to high cost of diesel. Read more.

5. Senate amends Electoral Act to allow President, NASS Members, Governors, others vote at party congresses, primaries [NewsWireNGR]

The Senate, on Tuesday, amended the Electoral Act, 2022, to allow ‘statutory delegates’ – all those elected – to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses or meetings of political parties. 

This followed the expeditious consideration of a bill during plenary which scaled first, second and third readings, respectively, and was passed during plenary by the chamber after consideration by the Committee of the Whole. 

Those identified as ‘statutory delegates’ include the President, Vice President, Members of the National Assembly, Governors and their deputies, Members of the State Houses of Assembly, Chairmen of Councils, Councillors, National Working Committee of political parties, amongst others. Read more.

6. APC adjusts schedule of activities, timetable for 2023 General Elections [NewsWireNGR]

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