Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Tuesday, 21st March, 2023
Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday, 21st March 2023
1. INEC Declares Adamawa Governorship Election Inconclusive
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the 2023 governorship election in Adamawa State inconclusive.
The decision was announced on Monday evening in Yola at the collation centre. The election is declared inconclusive by the INEC due to the margin of the votes.
When Fufore local government results were released on Monday, Fintiri maintained his lead in the governorship election.
Aishatu ‘Binani’ Dahiru, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is hopeful of becoming the first woman to be elected a state governor in Nigeria could not secure outright victory despite winning the Fufore LGA area.
Binani polled 24,777 votes in Fufore, whilst the PDP polled 20,409 votes.
The APC candidate, however, failed to surpass the current total voting gap between her and the state Governor.
2. Tinubu Will Turn Nigeria Into Hitler’s Nazi State – Atiku Condemns Attacks On Igbo, Fires Onanuga, Fani-Kayode
The Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has stated that Nigeria under a Bola Tinubu Presidency will be reminiscent of Germany under Adolph Hitler’s where Jews were targeted and rights to vote and speak were suppressed.
Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, said in a statement that the governorship election in Lagos where thugs asked those who were not planning to vote for the APC to return home was just a tip of what to expect under a Tinubu administration.
He added that it was even more disheartening that the thugs working for Tinubu were profiling voters and beating up those who were of Igbo extraction and asking them to return home
Shaibu said Tinubu’s ultimate plan was to turn Nigeria into a one party dictatorship based on the autocratic and totalitarian ideology of Nazism like Adolf Hitler did in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Atiku’s aide lambasted the spokesmen for Tinubu’s Campaign Council – Bayo Onanuga and Femi Fani-Kayode – for encouraging the intimidation of Igbo people in Lagos.
He said their statements were a reflection of their principal who, two days after the elections, had failed to condemn the violence.
Shaibu stated that the Nigerian constitution permits anyone in every part of the country to vote and be voted for regardless of religion, gender and tribe.
He said what Tinubu had done was to return and reverse some of the democratic gains that Nigeria had made.
3. Kidnapped INEC Officials In Matawalle’s LGA Released
The Electoral Officer and the Returning Officer for the Zamfara state governorship election in the Maradun local government area of the state have been released.
Naija News had earlier reported that the officials were abducted on their way to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Gusau, the state capital.
The spokesperson of INEC in the state, Muktari Janyau who confirmed the development to Daily Trust, said the officials were meant to deliver the result of the governorship election for Maradun Local Government when they were intercepted and taken to an undisclosed location.
The local government area is the hometown of the state Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bello Matawalle who is seeking reelection.
A report by Daily Trust had it that the INEC officials have been released.
4. INEC Declares Winner Of Borno Governorship Election
The incumbent Governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Babagana Zulum, has been declared winner of the Borno State governorship election.
The returning officer, Professor Jude Rabo, declared that Zulum polled 545,543 to defeat his main challenger and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Jajari, who came a distant second, having scored 82,147 votes.
Naija News reports that Rabo also disclosed that Zulum defeated his closest rival, Jajari with a difference of 463,396 votes.
5. Atiku Reacts To Delay In Announcing Winner Of Adamawa Guber Election
The standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar has called for the declaration of the Adamawa governorship election results.
Naija News earlier reported that the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) suspended the collation of state governorship election results in the state until noon.
The state collation officer, Prof. Mohammed Mele, and Adamawa Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Yakubu Ari, made this known on Monday morning after the collation of results from 20 out of the 21 LGAs.
The electoral officials stated that the exercise was postponed to enable verification of the results from the Fufore local government area which were snatched.
But in a chat with newsmen in his Yola home on Monday afternoon, Atiku condemned the delay in the declaration of results of the governorship election, saying that there was no need for the postponement.
Atiku warned that the delay threatens the peace of the state as the uncertainty has continued to raise undue tension among the people.
The former Vice President added that votes have been uploaded on the INEC platform and PDP is winning, saying that the results of Fufore LGA will not change anything.
6. INEC Declares Winner Of Kaduna Governorship Election
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Uba Sani, has been declared the winner of the Kaduna State governorship election.
Naija News reports that Sani scored the highest votes to defeat his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Isa Ashiru, and other candidates.
Sani polled a total of 730,002 votes to defeat his closest rival, Isa Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 719,196 votes.
The Labour Party (LP) candidate, Jonathan Asake came a distant third after polling 58,283 votes while the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate, Suleiman Hunkuyi scored 21,405 votes.
7. Two Killed, Many Injured As Policemen Clash With Soldiers In Taraba
There was pandemonium at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation Centre in Jalingo, Taraba state capital, on Monday.
Naija News learned that the pandemonium resulted from a clash between soldiers and policemen guarding the INEC headquarters.
It was gathered that two policemen were killed and two others sustained injuries in the clash ahead of the declaration of the winner of the state governorship election.
Daily Trust reports that soldiers, who sent policemen away from the INEC collation centre, later invaded police headquarters and chased away police officers on duty.
It was learned that the injured policemen are currently being treated at Federal Medical Center, Jalingo.
Vehicles parked inside the police headquarters were reportedly vandalized during the incident, while sporadic shots triggered panic among residents as shops, markets, and houses were shut.
During a joint press conference, the State Police Commissioner, Suleiman Amodu, said a high-powered investigative panel would be set up to establish the cause of the incident.
The conference was attended by the Commandant, 6 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Jalingo, Brig General Frank Etim, and the state Director of the Department of State Services (DSS).
They described the incident as unfortunate, urging residents of Jalingo to go about their normal business. They said the situation had been brought under control.
8. INEC Suspends Collation Of Governorship Results In Enugu, Abia
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of governorship and the house of assembly election results in Enugu and Abia States respectively.
The electoral body via a statement on Monday noted that it halted the collation for the governorship and state assembly elections held on March 18th over some irregularities in the process of result declaration.
The statement reads partly: “The commission met today, Monday 20th March 2023 and reviewed the conducted of the Governorship and State Assembly elections held nationwide on Saturday 18th March 2023. Arising from the meeting, the commission took the decision to suspend forthwith, further collation of the Governorship election results in some part parts of Abia and Enugu States.
“It will be recalled that our offices in Obingwa Local Government Area were invaded by thugs yesterday, Sunday 19th March 2023 and our officials held hostage in relation to the collation of result from the Local Government Area. Similarly, reports from Enugu State call for a review of the result for the Governorship election from the two outstanding local governments of Nsukka and Nkanu East.
“Consequently, the Commission hereby suspend the collation of results in Obingwa LGAs of Abia State and two outstanding local governments of Enugu.
“A review will be undertaken immediately before the process is concluded.”
9. Nnamani Dumps PDP, Reaffirms Ties With Tinubu
A former Governor of Enugu State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, on Monday, announced his decision to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Naija News gathered that Nnamani declared his position in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Monday.
Recall that Nnamani had openly campaigned for the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, now President-Elect, Bola Tinubu, against the candidate of his party, Atiku Abubakar, during the 2023 elections.
Nnamani’s decision to dump PDP is coming hours after he lost his bid to return to the Senate as the lawmaker representing Enugu East.
Senator Nnamani said he has consulted with his associates and constituents alike and has decided to quit the PDP on account of irreconcilable differences with the national leadership of the party.
He said he has moved on and hoped that his modest contributions to the development of his constituency will be the building blocks on which his successors can build.
10. Ganduje Declares Dawn To Dusk Curfew As NNPP Wins Guber Election
The Kano state government has imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew following the declaration of the state governorship election results.
In a statement issued on issued Monday morning, the state Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Muhammad Garba, said the decision was taken to avoid the breakdown of law and order in the state.
The commissioner said Governor Abdullahi Ganduje took the decision to prevent hoodlums from causing chaos in the already tense state.
Garba called on people in the state to remain indoors as security agents would not spare anyone or group bent on causing trouble.
However, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, has been declared the winner of the Kano state governorship election.
Yusuf, who polled 1,019,602 votes, was declared the winner of the election by the returning officer in Kano, Ahmad Dokko Ibrahim.