These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Thursday morning.
1. TRIBUNAL VERDICT: ‘Good conscience fears no evil report’, I was never worried, Buhari reacts
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he was not disturbed by the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging his victory in the 2019 presidential election. The President made this comment in reaction to the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on February 23, 2019 poll which declared him the authentic winner of the election. Buhari described the judgement as a victory for Nigerians who trooped out ‘overwhelmingly’ to elect him for a second term.
2. #PEPTJudgement: PDP rejects Tribunal ruling, heads to Supreme Court
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to appeal the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed the petition of the party and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in its entirety. A five-member panel of the tribunal unanimously ruled on Wednesday to dismiss the petition, saying the petitioners did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
3. TRIBUNAL VERDICT: ‘The nation weeps, West Africa is crying and the International community is in shock’ —CUPP
The Coalition of the United Political Parties (CUPP) has described the verdict of the Presidential Election Tribunal which upheld President Muhammadu Buhari’s election, as an insult to Nigerians. A five-member panel of the tribunal had unanimously ruled on Wednesday to dismiss the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Atiku Abubakar, saying the petitioners did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
4. TRIBUNAL VERDICT: Wike breaks with PDP, Atiku, congratulates Buhari
While his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is planning to appeal the tribunal’s verdict, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the presidential election petition tribunal. The five-man panel of the tribunal had dismissed the petition by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the February 23 election.
5. Tinubu reacts to tribunal judgment on Atiku Vs Buhari
The All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday reacted to the judgment delivered by the Presidential Elections Tribunal In the petition filed by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. He described President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the Tribunal as “a resounding judicial vindication of Buhari’s personal character and his electoral victory.”
6. FEC MEETING: Buhari speaks on plan to make Nigerians prosperous
President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday presided over the first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting with his new cabinet. During the meeting, the President spoke on his plans to ensure the security and prosperity of 200 million Nigerians.
7. EKITI: Federal University, Oye shut down, SUG proscribed over ‘attack’ on Fayemi’s wife
Authorities of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) have ordered the closure of the institution and the immediate proscription of the Students’ Union Government over the attack on the convoy of the First Lady of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Fayemi. The indefinite closure of FUOYE was made known in a statement issued by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, on Wednesday.
8. XENOPHOBIA: S’Africa security agents arrest 135 returning Nigerians at airport
135 out of the Nigerians who had registered to return home over the xenophobic attacks on them in South Africa have been arrested by the security agents of the country. The Nigerians had already been profiled for evacuation out of the country before they were reportedly arrested by the security agents for not possessing travel documents.
9. CG Customs says borders to remain closed until…
Nigeria’s land borders are to remain closed until the country is able to agree with its neighbours on existing ECOWAS protocol on movement, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) has said. Ali stated this on Wednesday at Maigatari/Niger border, Maigatari Local Government Area of Jigawa State, while fielding questions from newsmen.
10. CONFESSION! We buy army uniform for N15,000 —Kidnappers
Suspected kidnappers paraded by the police in Abuja on Wednesday revealed that they bought army uniforms for N15,000 to aid their operation. The suspected kidnap gang members who were arrested in connection with the abduction of three Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, students, narrated that the uniform was purchased from traders of fairly-used clothes otherwise known as Okrika.
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