Here Are The Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Thursday, 2nd August, 2018
1. President Buhari to travel to UK for 2 weeks
President Muhammadu Buhari will begin a 10 working days holiday from August 3, 2018.
While the President is on vacation in London, the Vice President will be in acting capacity as President.
2. Court orders arrest of INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu
Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given an order for the arrest of Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for refusing to appear in court.
Justice Pam gave the warrant of arrest following Mahmood’s absence in court for the third time on Wednesday.
3. APC National Publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, resigns and decamps from party
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has resigned his position within the party.
He also defected from the party in a statement issued on Wednesday, citing lack of trust.
4. Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto state dumps APC for PDP
Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Tambuwal’s move adds to the worrisome headache for the All Progressive Congress, APC, which has witnessed long list of politicians dumping the ruling party for other pastures in recent days.
5. APC issues query to Saraki, accuses him of anti-party activities
Following the Senate President Bukola Saraki‘s withdrawal from the All Progressives Congress, the party has given him 48 hours to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him.
According to the resolution signed by its National Secretary, Mai Maila Buni, the APC alleged that Dr Saraki had violated Article 21 of its constitution and engaged in anti-party activities.
6. Kwara PDP chairman, Akogun Oyedepo defects to APC
The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara state, Iyiola Oyedepo insists he can never work with Senate President Bukola Saraki and has announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress.
Oyedepo made this known in a live telephone radio program in Ilorin, disclosing that he is currently in Abuja to tender his resignation letter at the national secretariat of PDP.
7. 23 out of 24 members of Kwara house of assembly dumps APC for PDP
The defection drama in Kwara State from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is yet to end as 23 members of the Kwara State House of Assembly, defected this morning to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Reading out a joint letter appended to by all defecting members, Rt. Hon. Alli Ahmad, speaker of the state legislature, stated that the members alleged that their move was informed by factionalisation of the ruling party at the local level.
8. Benue Youths take over Makurdi street in massive protest against police
The streets of Makurdi was taken over by some youths in the Benue State capital on Wednesday to protest against the alleged brutality by police in the state.
The police was accused of partisanship in the political crisis between Governor Samuel Ortom, Senator George Akume and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
9. Appeal court says National Assembly can alter election sequence
A Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the powers of the National Assembly to alter sequence of the 2019 general elections.
The appellate court in a unanimous judgment yesterday also set aside the judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which on April 25 stopped the National Assembly from overriding the assent of the President in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, 2018.
10. Buhari meets APC governors, APC leaders in Aso Rock
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met separately with the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and some governors in the wake of defections from the party.
Both meetings held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja some hours after Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).