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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Monday morning, October 7, 2019



Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Monday morning.

1. PDP TO APC: Your unfounded allegations against Jonathan won’t cover up your failures

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the All Progressives Congress’ tirade on former President Goodluck Jonathan was an attempt to divert public attention from the failures of the current administration. This comment was in reaction to a statement by the APC on the allegations levelled against Jonathan by former British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

2. Cabal within the presidency plotting to remove Osinbajo before 2023, group alleges

It has been alleged that some political actors within the presidency have devised a fresh ploy to damage the person of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. A political group, the Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) claims that a certain cabal within the presidency have developed a calculated plot, in collusion with some South West leaders, to peddle outright falsehood, fake news and lies against the vice president. In a statement released by the group, they stated that “their plan is to oust him in time before 2023 elections which is still very far away.”

3. 2023: Abandon Biafra agitation and let’s push for Igbo presidency, Ohanaeze tells IPOB

Ohanaeze Youth Council Worldwide has advised the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to jettison their quest for the realisation of Biafra independence. The group further advised IPOB to support the cause for an Igbo presidency in 2023 which it said was easier and nearer to achieving than the Biafra realization.

4. APC suspends member for ‘disrespecting’ governor

A council chairmanship aspirant, in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area, Shafiu Abubakar, has been suspended by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for disrespecting Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Bagudu. Umaru Bakatara, Chairman of Zouro ward in Birnin Kebbi, made this known on Sunday in a press briefing in Birnin Kebbi.

5. XENOPHOBIA: South Africa returnees receive N100,000 cash gift from Ondo governor

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has presented a cash gift of N100, 000 to South Africa returnees of Ondo origin to enable them resettle in their various communities. Recall that some Nigerians were evacuated from South Africa following the upsurge of violent attacks against foreign nationals in the country.

6. Group alleges Emefiele marginalizing South East, South West in CBN intervention programmes

A group in South-Eastern part of the country, Zikist-Buharist Movement (ZBM) has accused the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, of marginalising South East and South West in intervention programmes of the apex bank. In a statement on Sunday entitled, “CBN Governor Marginalisation of South East, Protest To Mr. President,” the group alleged that Emefiele was deliberately marginalising the mentioned regions in CBN intervention programmes.

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Sunday morning, October 6, 2019

7. KOGI 2019: Late Audu’s running mate, Faleke confirms support for Bello’s bid

The running mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu during the 2015 Kogi governorship election, Hon. James Faleke, on Sunday, confirmed his support for Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello second term bid ahead of the coming governorship election on November 16. Pictures of Faleke and Governor Bello, together with his running mate, Chief Edward Onoja, taken together, in Abuja, had gone viral earlier on Sunday.

8. We’ll be the first to pay new minimum wage – Anambra

The Anambra State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Mark Okoye has said that the state would be the first in the country to pay the new minimum wage anytime issues surrounding it are sorted out. Okoye stated this on Sunday at a press conference held at the Exco Chamber of the Government House, Awka, during the breakdown of the 2020 budget, which includes N22.8bn as personnel cost for 2020 fiscal year.

9. Yobe college shut over fear of Boko Haram attack

Following last week’s attack on Babangida town in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State by Boko Haram fighters, the authorities of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi have closed down the school. Babangida is about 50km from Dapchi..A source at the school said the decision was taken by the leadership of the college’s Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) as part of measures to safeguard the students from any Boko Haram incursion.

10. BORDER CLOSURE: Igbo traders lament destruction of their businesses

Igbo traders have cried out over the untold hardship and destruction of their businesses occasioned by the closure of the nation’s land borders by the Federal Government. The traders under the auspices of South-East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association stated this in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by its President and Secretary General, Chief  and Alex Okwudili, respectively.

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