Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Monday, 20th March, 2023
Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday, 20th March 2023
1. I Worked In DSS For 30 Years, I Am Not Afraid Of Death – Lagos REC Dares Politicians
The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Olusegun Agbaje has warned Nigerians against sending a death threat to him as he is not intimidated by them.
Speaking at the collation of the just concluded governorship elections in Lagos, he noted that the elections are won in polling units and not at the collation Centre.
He lamented that elections should not be a do-or-die affair and that snatching of ballot boxes is uncalled for.
He said, “Election should not be a do-or-die affair. It is the work of INEC to midwife good elections. Snatching of ballot boxes is not good at all.
“Also, it is not visible for any REC including myself in Nigeria to manipulate any election at this time.
“For those sending death threats, I am not afraid of death. I am a devoted Christian and Anglican. I served in the DSS for 30 years, and my life was not threatened, so my working with INEC for a few number of years should not make me fear death. I pray every day, so I don’t fear death”.
2. MC Oluomo, Gov Yahaya Bello To Face Human Rights Commission Over Threats Against Igbo, Others
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has disclosed plans to summon the Lagos State Parks Management Committee Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, over the alleged threat he issued against Igbo.
Naija News recalls that in a viral video, MC Oluomo was captured threatening Igbo people living in Lagos State not to come out during last Saturday’s election if they are unwilling to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Although he later denied the threats, the governorship election was marred by intimidation and violence by hoodlums across Lagos State.
Also, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was captured on video where he appeared to have used some inciting words against his political opponents in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, has reportedly denied the utterances of the governor.
Addressing newsmen on the preliminary report of the National Human Rights Commission election observers on the March 18 Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections on Sunday, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu (SAN) also hinted that Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, will also be invited to appear before an investigative panel of the Commission over alleged violent and inciting statements.
The NHRC boss said he (Bello) will be invited to explain his statements.
3. Amaechi’s Revelation: How Tinubu’s APC, Yakubu’s INEC Mortgaged Nigeria’s Democracy – Atiku’s Aide
The Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to a revelation by the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu was recommended for re-appointment by a member of Bola Tinubu’s camp in 2020.
Speaking in Rivers State on election day, Amaechi noted that not only did the re-appointment of the INEC chairman come from Tinubu’s camp, the INEC boss also worked under Governor Nyesom Wike when the Rivers State governor was Minister of State for Education and interim Minister of Education in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Responding in a statement on Sunday, Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, said Amaechi’s revelation was a confirmation of our worst fears that Yakubu’s INEC was working for the APC.
Shaibu stated, “Former Governor Amaechi’s revelation is only a confirmation of what everyone always knew. That INEC under the leadership of Prof. Yakubu is inside the deepest corner of Bola Tinubu’s pocket.
Shaibu added that INEC chairman’s compromise was the reason results were not uploaded on election day, and also, the same reason that Yakubu continued to announce the results despite protests from political parties.
He said when the story of Nigerian elections is told, the name of Prof. Yakubu will be mentioned for the wrong reasons.
4. Why I Will Never Call Sanwo-Olu To Congratulate Him – Rhodes-Vivour
The Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has condemned the outcome of Saturday’s election.
Naija News reports that Rhodes-Vivour made this known during an interview with Arise TV, saying he will never call to congratulate the governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on his victory at the poll.
He described the election as a sham stating it is an illegality that has never been perpetrated in the history of the state.
Gbadebo also referenced how Labour Party agents were chased away from several polling units and supporters were not allowed to vote.
Giving a reason why he would not congratulate Sanwo-Olu, the LP candidate said the election was marred with so much violence that has set a bad precedence.
5. Governorship Election: Buni Wins Re-Election In Yobe State
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has been re-elected.
Buni on Sunday was announced as the winner after winning in all the seventeen local government areas of the state.
The APC candidate polled a total of 317,113 votes, while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sharif Abdulahi, came second with a total vote of 104,259
The Returning Officer for the governorship election in the state and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Kashere, Gombe State, Umar Pate while announcing the results said accredited voters are 459,492, valid votes 444,567 and total votes cast are 457,781.
6. Former Kano Assembly Speaker Arrested For Attempting To Burn INEC Office
A former Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Isyaku Ali Danja, has been arrested by the state Police Command for attempting to set ablaze the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation centre at Gezawa Local Government Area of the state.
Naija News reports that the state Police Commissioner, Husaini Muhammad Gummel, made this known on Sunday while parading about 164 people arrested for various political crimes during Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Gummel also disclosed that Danja, who represents the Gezawa constituency in the state assembly, allegedly led a team of hoodlums to destroy the INEC collation centre.
The commissioner explained that the suspects of allegedly ballot box snatching, disruption of elections, engaging in violence wielding dangerous weapons and engaging in drugs-related crimes.
Gummel assured that the suspects are going to be investigated and prosecuted accordingly.
7. 2023: Political Thugs Storm INEC Office
Political thugs, on Sunday afternoon, invaded the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State.
The electoral body announced the development via its Twitter handle on Sunday.
The tweet read, “Thugs have invaded our Obingwa Local Government Area office in Abia State.
“Security agencies have been alerted. The Commission is monitoring the situation and will issue a statement shortly.”
8. Seyi Makinde Defeats Folarin, Adelabu Wins Oyo Governorship Election
The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has been declared as the winner of the 18th March 2023 governorship election.
Makinde defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Teslim Folarin and other governorship candidates in the state.
The PDP Governorship candidate won in thirty-one local governments out of the thirty-three local governments in the state to defeat 15 other candidates.
The candidate of the APC, Folarin won the remaining two local governments in the state, and Adebayo Adelabu of the Accord Party (AP) came third.
Makinde’s victory was announced by the INEC State Collation Officer, Adebayo Bamire at the state collation centre in Ibadan, the state capital.
In total, Makinde secured 563,617 votes while Teslim had 251,230 and Adelabu polled 38,757.
9. NDLEA Intercepts 1.2 Million Pills Of Tramadol In Kogi And Gombe States
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted 1, 205, 260 pills of tramadol in Kogi and Gombe States in two different operations.
Naija News gathered that this is as the agency discloses that it arrested two members of the cartel that operates the activities of a drug syndicate between Nigeria, East Africa and Europe at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
The development was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi in Abuja.
Babafemi disclosed that its operatives at the Lagos airport on Monday 13th March intercepted a member of the drug syndicate identified as Ejezie Vitus Ifeanyi, during the screening of inward passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Malawi via Addis Ababa at the arrival hall.
He said it was during the search it was discovered that one of his two bags has a false bottom concealment.
10. APC Speaks On Zoning Senate Presidency To North-West
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has debunked the report claiming that it has zoned the position of the Senate Presidency to the North West geo-political zone.
The report had favoured Senator Barau Jibrin, who is a third termer in the Senate and had spent a term in the House of Representatives.
The National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, however, described the report as fake news.
Adamu who addressed newsmen at his residence in Keffi, Nasarawa State declared that no such thing had taken place.
He said, “The report about the zoning arrangements for the 10th National Assembly is fake news. We have not done any zoning.
“I have said it times without a number since Monday. I am still saying the same thing. No zoning has been established yet and agreed to. No zoning has been made public. Anybody who is saying anything is a rumour. It’s a wishful rumour.”