These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Thursday morning, December 5, 2019.
1. Soyinka ranks Buhari govt high in area of disregard for judiciary and disdain for laws
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has said that the lowering of the judiciary and disdain for law in Nigeria had been worst under President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. He stated this in a statement in response to the refusal of the Department of State Services (DSS) to obey court rulings ordering for the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow Movement. Read more
2. APC member withdraws suit demanding third term for Buhari, govs
A member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), who asked a court to allow President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors to contest for third term, has withdrawn his suit. Charles Enya, the APC member, had in suit no. FHC/AI/CS/90/19 filed on November 20, prayed the Federal High Court in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital, to amend section 137(1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) of the Nigerian constitution to allow for a third term for the president and the governors. Read more
3. APC’s ‘coup’ against democracy in Nigeria can’t stand —PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told the All Progressives Congress (APC) that its “coup” against democracy in Nigeria cannot stand. The opposition party, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday, said the APC plot to turn Nigeria into a one-party state would never succeed in spite of the violence, killings and forceful seizure of electoral processes allegedly being orchestrated by the governing party. Read more
4. Buhari already addressing all concerns raised in World Bank report —BMO
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described the 2019 Nigeria economic update by World Bank as correct but an inconclusive analysis. BMO said the World Bank report which predicted that Nigerians living in extreme poverty may increase by more than 30million by 2030, did not take into consideration current policy deployments by the Federal Government. Read more
5. PDP demands immediate review of Electoral Act
The South West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday called for the immediate review of the Electoral Act to accommodate electronic transmission of election results to collation centers. The party urged President Muhammadu Buhari to revisit the electoral act amendment passed by the 8th National Assembly. According to the PDP, the amendment represents immediate panacea to election crisis in Nigeria. Read more
6. Unlike PDP govt, Buhari only deployed troops for elections because of terrorists and cultists ―BMO
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has replied the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on its assessment of the last two general elections in the country. BMO said the opposition party’s description of the elections as a height of electoral impunity was way off the mark. It added that for PDP to ascribe such unflattering comments on the elections was sheer hypocrisy. Read more
7. Confusion in Kano Assembly as members debate Ganduje’s Emirate Council bill
The Kano State House of Assembly turned into a rowdy session on Wednesday as members debated the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje’s bill seeking to create four new emirates. The Assembly failed to agree on the passage of the new Emirate Council Bill 2019, which was sent by Governor Ganduje to restore the four first-class emirates that were dissolved by a Kano high court. Read more
8. Edo APC crisis deepens as State Assembly declares 12 seats vacant
The crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took another twist on Wednesday with the declaration of 12 seats in the state House of Assembly vacant. There are 24 lawmakers in the Assembly and the affected 12 legislators have not been inaugurated. The seats declared vacant are those of Etsako West I, Etsako West II, Owan East, Owan West, Etsako Central, Etsako East and Esan Central. Others are Uhunmwonde, Oredo East, Oredo West, Egor, Ovia North East I, Ovia North East II and Ovia South-west I. Read more
9. Acting CAC boss, Obiageli to be arraigned December 18 on asset declaration charges
The acting Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Azuka Obiageli, will on Wednesday, December 18 be arraigned by the federal government before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on assets declaration-related charges. This was announced in a statement by the CCT’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Ibraheem Al-Hassan. Read more
10. NNPC, FIRS, DPR failed to remit N1.5trn in 2017 says Auditor General
Four revenue-generating agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), failed between them to remit roughly N1.5 trillion to the federation account in 2017, an audit report from the office of the Auditor General of the federation revealed Wednesday. In percentage terms, the amount in question represents 23.44% (nearly a quarter) of the entire N6.4 trillion generated by government’s revenue collection agencies in 2017. Read more
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