Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday, 19th September 2022.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has appointed Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State as the National Youth Coordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.
In a letter he personally signed, Tinubu said Bello was appointed because of his impressive political achievements and the exemplary leadership he has demonstrated as governor and as a party member.
The APC presidential candidate said he is sure the Kogi governor would do his best in the position, to ensure APC’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.
The letter reads: “By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as National Youth Coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.
“This appointment is fitting and appropriate, given your impressive political achievements and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.”
APC Governors, Ministers, And Leaders Engage In High-level Lobbying To Get Juicy Positions In Tinubu’s Campaign
Intense lobbying by various caucuses in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may be behind the naming of all members and positions in the Bola Tinubu-Kashim Shettima Presidential Campaign.
Unlike the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that last week named its Campaign Council, the APC has only named its Director-General, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; and some spokesmen including the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); former Lagos Information Commissioner, Dele Alake; amongst others.
With barely 10 days to the commencement of campaigns by political parties fielding presidential and National Assembly candidates in next year’s general elections, stakeholders in the ruling party have intensified efforts to grab juicy positions for themselves or their allies.
Stakeholders, including serving and ex-ministers as well as some members of the National Working Committee (NWC), have floated individual support groups for Tinubu, which will have to be absolved into the main campaign council.
The Chairman of the Presidential Campaign Organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, and the Director General of the organisation and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, have commenced moves to end the crisis rocking the opposition party.
While Udom Emmanuel has commenced reconciliatory talks with a meeting held with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, Tambuwal is expected to use his position to mobilize the governors to achieve peace in the party, This Day reports.
It was gathered that Governor Emmanuel has called for genuine reconciliation with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other aggrieved governors’ including Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Samuel Ortom of Benue and Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
Recall that the aggrieved governors and their loyalists have urged the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to pressure the party’s national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to resign to allow a southerner to head the party.
Sources close to the NWC revealed that the National Secretary of the PDP, Samuel Anyanwu led a team of NWC to see Emmanuel after he accepted his appointment as the chairman of the presidential campaign organization.
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olajide Adediran, for his visit to the homes of two owners of the recently auctioned vehicles.
Naija News earlier reported that Adediran and his running mate, Funke Akindele, visited the homes of Lateef Kolapo and Osinachi Ndukwe, both drivers whose vehicles were up for auction on Thursday.
During the visit, Adediran condemned the state government for auctioning Ndukwe’s car after he was imprisoned for three months for a traffic violation.
The PDP flagbearer stated that the penalty was harsh and promised that the traffic law would be repealed by his government.
Reacting to this development in a statement on Sunday, spokesman of Lagos APC, Seye Oladejo, described the visit by Jandor and Akindele as a blatant encouragement of the breakdown of law and order.
Oladejo stated that the visit to the traffic offenders is inducing, and encouraging them is an act that is totally unacceptable in any decent society.
The North-East Governors’ Forum has raised an alarm over the mass movement of bandit terrorists from the North West to the region.
The forum stated that the relocation of the bandits to the North West has affected the relative peace in the region and called on the Federal Government to come to their aid.
Naija News reports that the governors made this known in a communique released after the seventh meeting of the forum held in Gombe on Friday night.
The governors said the bombardment of the bandits by the Nigerian military led to the mass movement of the bandits to the region, saying that there is an urgent need to launch a coordinated security road map to dismantle the criminals.
According to the forum, there is a nexus between mining activities and insecurity, stressing the need for strict compliance with the Land Use Act.
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George, has denied plotting to succeed Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the National Chairman of the party.
Naija News reports that George, a former Military chief, has been one of the vocal voices calling for Ayu’s resignation to give a southerner the chance to lead the party into the 2023 general elections.
It was alleged that George had been penciled down by the camp of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State “to replace the national chairman of the party provided they succeed in forcing Ayu to resign from the office.”
But speaking in an interview with This Day, the PDP chieftain maintained that his plan to leave partisan politics by May 2023 is still very much in play.
George stated that he is no longer enticed by the national chairmanship position, stressing that he has given 50 years of his life to public service.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has advised Nigerian youths to believe in themselves and imbibe the country’s resilience to succeed.
The former Vice President stated that he became successful against all odds, stressing that he came from nothing to become a notable politician in the country.
Atiku said this on Saturday while receiving some youths and a member of the party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, Henrich Akomolafe.
He promised Nigerian youths that his government will be made of youths that must have distinguished themselves in their various fields.
He said, “As a man who came from nothing and persevered in learning and achieving against all odds, these young powerhouses remind me of myself and our nation’s exceptional resilience to succeed.
“We are now at a time where ideation, innovation, creativity and technology continue to offer a world of opportunities for the younger generation of Nigerians. Many of them have utilised these spaces to export some of the country’s greatest success stories and reposition our image globally through arts, culture and brilliant entertainment.”
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reportedly sent the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose to meet with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Naija News learnt it was a move by Atiku to reconcile with Governor Wike ahead of the 2023 general elections.
A source in Governor Wike’s camp that spoke with The Nation said Atiku’s decision to send Fayose is a plan to break the ranks of the Rivers State Governor.
According to the source, they have two characters in their camp, adding that a governor is the weakest link, while another member is unstable.
The source added that they will overcome any obstacle to show Atiku that they are not children.
Nigeria is losing at least N32bn daily due to the shutdown of three crude oil export terminals with a combined capacity of 580, 000 barrels per day.
According to The Punch, a total of 200, 000 barrels per day are lost through the Forcados terminal, while 180, 000b/d are lost through the Trans Niger pipeline.
Also, 200, 000b/d are lost through the Brass terminal, putting a total at 580, 000b/d.
The newspaper disclosed that the country suffered a loss of $75.4 million or N32.4bn daily based on the closure of the three oil terminals.
It was learned that Operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, the Forcados crude oil export terminal has been shut down since early August.
The stream is often the single largest export grade was said to have been shut down since December 2021 and it was due to a malfunctioning barge that obstructed a tanker path.
According to the Punch, repairs remain ongoing at the terminal and may be reopened in late September. Also, there have been production shut-ins at the terminal, which would be shipped immediately after the terminal is reopened.
One person has been confirmed dead and many are trapped in a collapsed building located at 3 Iman street, Off Aka road in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
Naija News gathered that the sad incident occurred around 5pm on Saturday, while construction workers were working on the building.
It was learned that scores of victims rescued are in critical condition and being attended to at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH).
Speaking with The Nation, the state Commissioner for information and strategy, Iniobong Ememobong, said a body was recovered by a combined rescue team in the early hours of Sunday.
Ememobong said while rescue operations are still ongoing, it is believed that many are still trapped in the rubbles of the building.