Here Are The Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Friday, 4th January, 2019
1. PDP insists on use of smart card readers and PVC for 2019 elections
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has noted with deep concern, reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission has backtracked and decided to allow the use of the unreliable incident forms.
The media adviser to Atiku Abubakar, Paul Ibe said that any decision to use incident forms in the February 16, 2019 elections is unacceptable to the Peoples Democratic Party and Atiku Abubakar.
2. INEC appoints Amina Zakari as head of collation center
The Independent National Electoral Commission has appointed Amina Zakari, a national commissioner as the head of collation centre for the 2019 elections.
Zakari will head the committee on collation centre, one of the two committees for the elections inaugurated by the commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Thursday in Abuja.
3. States are not supporting Buhari;s fight against corruption
Human Right lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, has asserted that Nigeria is not ready for the fight against corruption.
Falana, who pointed out that only Kano in the whole of the federation has an anti-corruption agency, added that no other state has shown commitment to the fight against corruption.
4. Gov. Yari offers to resign as Zamfara state governor over killings
Abdulaziz Yari, of Zamfara state, has said he is willing to sacrifice his position as Governor of the state, should a state of emergency be imposed on the state over the worsening insecurity.
Yari, who had earlier, last week expressed support for the declaration of state of emergency to tackle the widespread killings in the north-west state, said some politicians had suggested the idea on the assumption that he was afraid to lose his office.
5. Court rejects request for Police to leave Melaye’s residence
The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application for an order directing the police to remove their men from Senator Dino Melaye’s Abuja residence.
Ruling on an ex parte application filed by Melaye seeking an order ending the police occupation of his premises, Justice N. E Maha refused to grant the application but chose to grant an accelerated hearing in the main suit.
6. PDP rejects appointment of Amina Zakari as INEC head of collation for 2019 election
Amina Zakari‘s appointment as head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation center for the 2019 elections, has been kicked against by the Peoples Democratic Party.
The party who described her as President Muhammadu Buhari‘ s relative, said her appointment was an invitation to violence.
7. Court grants 51 IPOB Biafra fighters bail
The High Court of Abia State has granted bail to the 51 Jewish adherents arrested and detained in Umuahia just days before Christmas.
The detainees which included ten women and several elderly men were charged and remanded for professing membership of IPOB and engaging in a public procession the authorities termed a terrorist act.
8. NAF loses 5 officers in helicopter crash while fighting Boko Haram
The body of the five officers who lost their lives on board the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M Helicopter which crashed in combat on 2nd January 2019, while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak in Borno State have been recovered.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made this revelation known in a statement.
9. You can’t teach us our job – INEC fires back at PDP
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, warned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to desist from trying to teach it its job.
According to the electoral body, PDP can not dictate to it how it will conduct the 2019 general elections or who to appoint to any position.
10. Nigerian students threaten to disrupt 2019 elections over continued ASUU strike
President, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Danielson Akpan, has warned the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to resolve the ongoing feud if commercial activities and the forth coming general election should hold in the country.
The body warned that failure to heed its warning, it would mobilize students to disrupt the smooth flow of commercial activities and the general elections.