Naija News looks at the top happenings making headlines on the front pages of Nigeria’s national newspapers today Tuesday 27th September 2022.
The PUNCH: As political parties begin campaigns for the 2023 poll on Wednesday (tomorrow), the Independent National Electoral Commission; Christian Association of Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, have given a stern warning to political parties to avoid violence during the exercise. The development came amid rising insecurity in the country as politicians also step up efforts to protect themselves with the demand for bulletproof cars and security gadgets rising in recent months.
The Guardian: Ahead of the commencement of presidential campaigns tomorrow, a code of conduct guiding activities has been issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Commission has warned that a political message or slogan must not be tainted with abusive language, directly or indirectly, likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings. INEC also said abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reactions or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns.
This Day: Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that he was in support of the removal of National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, saying it is impossible for him to advocate the removal of someone he helped to appoint. Ortom reasserted his confidence in Ayu’s ability to lead the party to victory in next year’s general election, in a surprising contrast to the position of his close ally, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike. The governor was reacting to accusations by a group, Jemgbagh Development Association, that he was involved in the ouster moves against the PDP national chairman, a fellow Benue man.
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu says there is no going back on his administration’s decision to procure arms and ammunition for operatives of state security outfit, Amotekun. Akeredolu explained that the weapons, which would be backed by law, are to be used to fight those he termed as ‘marauders committing crimes against humanity.’
Daily Trust: Motorists plying Lokoja -Ajaokuta Road, which links part of the eastern flank of the state were stranded at Ganaja-Lokoja Road on Monday as water from River Niger/Benue flooded the road and made it impassable. Daily Trust gathered on Monday that three articulated vehicles that attempted to cross got stuck on the highway, making others park on the road and causing a long queue of vehicles parked by the roadside.