Here Are The Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Tuesday, 19th February 2019
President Buhari says he is not afraid to lose the presidential election rescheduled early Saturday morning to February 23.
Naija News learnt that Mr Buhari spoke at a national caucus meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) held on Monday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja over the postponement of the election.
While efforts are on by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to conduct the The presidential elections on February 23 without any hitch, candidate of the People’s Trust, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has asked the Chairman of the commission Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to yet reschedule the elections.
According to him, one-week postponement of the elections earlier scheduled for last Saturday was too short to address the logistics problems the electoral body said were responsible for the last postponement.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had on the eve of the Presidential and National Assembly elections announced the postponement of the elections till February 23.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole while speaking on Monday during the APC caucus meeting alleged that the INEC and its officials informed the Peoples Democratic party of its plan to postpone the election before taking the action.
The President has ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections next Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Naija News understands that President Muhammadu Buhari made this declaration while addressing a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in Abuja before the discussions went into a closed-door session.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday denied a statement by former Presidential media aide, Doyin Okupe, that Senate President Bukola Saraki should be credited for his appointment as minister.
Naija News had reported that Okupe who is the Special Adviser (Media) to the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, had claimed that Mohammed betrayed Saraki after he was made a minister.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has directed its members to cut down the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol from N145 to N140.
In a statement on Sunday, IPMAN noted that it was due to the postponement of the 2019 elections.
Deji Adeyanju, social justice crusader and convener of Concerned Nigerians, has on Monday, been granted bail by a Kano State Magistrate Court.
Naija News recalls that Adeyanju was rearrested in December 2018 and charged for culpable homicide by the Nigeria Police Force, over a case said to have been decided upon by the Kano State High Court in 2009.
Political parties participating in the 2019 general elections have said they will not obey the directive of the Independent National Electoral Commission that they should stop campaigns after the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday morning.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had on Saturday while giving reasons for the postponement of the elections, said campaigns had ended on Thursday.
With the tensed air created since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)‘s postponement of general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he cannot remove the commission’s chairman Mahmood Yakubu.
The president explained that he would need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate to do so.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to declare a former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Abdulrasheed Maina wanted.
Abdulrasheed Maina was suspected of complicity in the diversion of pension funds.