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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Tuesday morning, November 12, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Tuesday morning, November 12,  2019.

1. SERAP to Archbishop of Canterbury: Prevail on Buhari to release Sowore, Bakare

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby and asked him to convince President Muhammadu Buhari to obey court orders and respect the rule of law. SERAP, in the letter urged the cleric to use his good office and known closeness with President Buhari to convince him on the matter. President Buhari is known for his closeness to the Welby and often visits him whenever he (President Buhari) is in London. SERAP asked Welby to prevail on Buhari to obey court orders on detained individuals, most recently on activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare who remain in detention despite a court ordering their release. Read more

2. OYO: APC, PDP disagree on interpretation of Appeal Court ruling

Monday’s Appeal Court judgement is stirring controversy between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State. The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan had set aside the tribunal judgement that dismissed the petition brought to the court by APC governorship candidate, Adebayo Adelabu against Seyi Makinde of the PDP. The tribunal had in September dismissed Adelabu’s petition challenging the election of Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State. But the Appeal Court on Monday, ruled that the tribunal’s judgement was perverse and therefore set the judgement aside. While the APC interprets the court’s judgement as a validation of their claim that Makinde’s declaration as winner of the March 9 poll was done by INEC in error, PDP says the verdict did not invalidate Makinde’s election victory. Read more

3. ‘Political jobbers’ causing rift between me and Jonathan – Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, said on Sunday that “political jobbers” are causing a rift between him and former President Goodluck Jonathan. There have been reports of rift between Jonathan and his political godson over the choice of governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 16 election in Bayelsa State. Dickson, who spoke in a radio broadcast in Yenagoa, the state capital, also said he worked as a political strategist for Jonathan and stood with him throughout his failed re-election bid in 2015. Read more

4. SDP candidate accuses Bello, APC of ‘masterminding’ attack on party secretariat

The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of masterminding an attack on the party secretariat in Lokoja. The SDP’s secretariat was attacked by suspected hoodlums in the early hours of Monday. Speaking to journalists after she visited the office, Akpoti also alleged that there were plans by Governor Bello to attack her convoy, adding that the unfolding event has affirmed the allegation. Read more

5. Ex-militant leader exposes alleged plot by Gov Dickson, Mike Okirio to compromise Bayelsa election

A former militant leader in Bayelsa, Eris Paul, has alleged that the state governor, Seriake Dickson, was planning to hire fake policemen to compromise the November 16 governorship election in the state. According to Paul, Governor Dickson had a secret meeting with the former Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro to discuss issues of alleged procurement of special policemen to serve as security personnel for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sagbama, Yenagoa, Nembe & Brass local government areas of the state. Read more

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6. KOGI GUBER: Smart Adeyemi advises PDP to withdraw from race

Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council, Smart Adeyemi, has asked the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State to withdraw from the governorship election. He asked the PDP to accept defeat, saying that the party had been unable to engage in a robust campaign. Adeyemi made this comment on Monday on the sidelines of the APC campaign rally in Okene, the headquarters of the central senatorial district. Read more

7. ASO ROCK WATCH: A season of doublespeak. 2 other things that shook the political space

The perceived soured relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo dominated national discourse last week. It has been so for a while.

The preceding week, it was Buhari’s signing of a bill in London, United Kingdom, where he had supposedly traveled to for a ‘private visit’ that kept Nigerians talking. The decision to hand-carry a document all the way to UK appeared to have watered the arguments that things were no longer at ease between the president and his deputy. Read more

8. Corps members dismissal followed due process – NYSC

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has justified the dismissal of two corps members from the orientation camp in Ebonyi State. The Ebonyi State Coordinator of the NYSC, Ann Ibe, stated the corps members were not sacked because of their faith or hate, adding that the scheme relied on various sections of its bye-laws to carry out its decision. According to Ibe, the NYSC decision to de-kit the two corps members followed due process. Read more

9. BUSINESS REVIEW: Nigerian economy failing because its managers choose to walk backward into the future

The march to economic stability has been rather too difficult for Nigeria, not particularly because of its massive population size of about 200 million but for widespread commonplace irregularities in practices, shallow insights resulting from expertise deficiency, and for the observed poor technology deployment both in the public and private sector.

This is so because those in position as stewards have chosen, perhaps, not to take the route that does across farther into the future in giant leaps but limps. The game of nation building has more to do with being intentional about growth, being purposeful about reforms and being clear on terms and conditions towards such end. Read more

10. Pastor, teacher regain freedom after 7months in Boko Haram captivity

A Pastor with the Living Faith Ministries (aka Winners’ Chapel) has been released by Boko Haram after spending seven months in the terrorists’ den. The 58-year-old pastor, Moses Oyeleke, was abducted by Boko Haram fighters on April 10 this year while traveling to Chibok to distribute relief materials. Oyeleke regained his freedom on Sunday alongside another woman, Ndagilaya Umar, a teacher at Government Science Secondary School, Askira Uba, also in Borno State. Read more


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