Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Sunday, 25th September 2022.
The presidential campaign council list of the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been released with several notable names of party chieftains missing.
Naija News reports that the 422-man list released on Friday night include APC governors, ministers, lawmakers, ambassadors, and actors as well as serving and past public office holders.
The list released to newsmen was signed by the Presidential Campaign Council Secretary, James Faleke.
According to the list, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, was retained as Director-General as well as Deputy Director-General (Operations), Adams Oshiomhole, and Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga.
Those surprisingly included are former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Those missing include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and one of Tinubu’s top ally, Adebayo Shittu.
The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government reportedly hired a United States firm to recover illicit funds allegedly traced to the account of the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
According to a report on The Cable, Buhari’s administration also engaged the same firm to retrieve funds from the accounts of former Ekiti governor, Ayodele Fayose and former Minister of Defence, Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro.
A memo marked HAGF/AABIOLA/USA/2021/VOL.1/1 — and dated May 31, 2021 — revealed that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, engaged Akib Abiola as the lead recovery agent to recover the funds on behalf of the federal government from Atiku.
AGF Malami, in the letter of engagement, disclosed that the stolen assets are currently under forfeiture proceedings.
He also stated that the accounts belonging to Atiku, Fayose and Obanikoro were located in the United State of America.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has given clarification as to why Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s name was not included in Bola Tinubbu’s presidential campaign council.
Naija News reports that APC ahead of the 2023 general election released a list containing 422 names of notable individuals as members and department heads in Tinubu’s presidential campaign council.
There were, however, reactions and a series of speculations as Osinbajo’s name was missing from the list.
Recall that Osinbajo was among those that challenged Tinubu for the APC presidential ticket months ago when the party conducted its national convention.
However, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who came second in the primaries, made it to the party’s campaign list which has generated a barrage of reactions.
The Nyesom Wike-led Rivers State Government has denied saying that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu offered him a senatorial ticket.
Wike in a statement on Saturday through his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, clarified that there was no time during his media chat on Friday he made such a statement.
Ebiri berated some national dailies and online newspapers for allegedly fabricating such reports in an interview that was aired live on four television stations.
He said: “We wish to state emphatically that this news is false, baseless, and ludicrous as the Rivers State governor throughout the media chat never mentioned the name of the APC presidential candidate or alluded to him offering him a senatorial ticket.
“To lay the facts bare, we have decided to include herein the transcript of what governor Wike said concerning senatorial form.
“‘First of all, this is how you know those who are prepared to run an election. Some of them collected presidential form at the same time collected senatorial form. You’ll know that those people are not serious to run.
“‘I never collected senatorial form. Even after the whole thing, people said come and go for Senate, I said no. I won’t do that. I’ve already made a commitment that this Senate ticket should be zoned to this area (Etche) because they’ve never had it before. I must not be in power.”
Notorious bandits’ kingpin terrorizing Zamfara State, Bello Turji, has accused the Nigerian military of betraying a peace agreement they struck with him.
Naija News reports that this was following the aerial bombardment of his residence by military fighter jets.
The banditry warlord accused the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of breaking the peace pact they had with him in stopping banditry, by protecting the people of Shinkafi axis from any attack.
Speaking on phone with some of his acquaintances, Bello Turji expressed his bitterness over the air raid on his abode and the killing of vulnerable people.
In an audio conversation obtained by PRNigeria, Bello Turji said he agreed with officials of the government and community leaders to abandon banditry.
Nigeria Air Limited in a statement released on Saturday announced recruitment for Nigeria Air.
According to Nigeria Air Limited, the National Carrier of Nigeria will be launching Boeing 737-800 (NG) aircraft, followed by B787 aircraft for International Operations soon.
It was also stated that the National Carrier of Nigeria will be owned by a Nigerian private Investor Consortium, together with a 5% Federal Government holding, including Ethiopian Airline’s shareholding.
The positions Nigeria Air is recruiting for are
– Experienced and current B737 Captains
– Experienced, Current B737 First Officers
– Experienced, Current B737 Senior Cabin Crew and Cabin Crew Experienced, Current B737 Engineers (B1/B2 preferred).
The statement reads, “The positions are based in Abuja or Lagos. Competitive salaries are offered.”
Nigeria Air called on interested persons to apply on www.nigeriaair.world, adding that other positions will be on the portal.
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has travelled out to Europe amid the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The decision of the Rivers State Governor to travel out of Nigeria is coming hours after media chats where he revealed issues in the PDP.
Recall that Wike during the media chat claimed that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu offered him a senatorial slot.
Wike also revealed things the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar promised him during their meeting in London.
The Rivers State governor pointed to why he has been insisting on the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office.
A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other aggrieved party members of trying to frustrate the presidential candidate of the party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
He stated that Wike, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Olabode George, do not mean well for the opposition party.
Metuh, a member of the PDP’s National Executive Committee, stated that the aggrieved party members are seeking to control the PDP.
Speaking to Saturday PUNCH, he said slammed the aggrieved members for calling for the removal or resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
The Osun State chapter of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has denied reports claiming the party has endorsed the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for the 2023 presidential election.
The denial was made on Saturday by the Caretaker Chairman of the party in Osun State, Alhaji Abdussalam Abdullateef.
He stressed that the only presidential candidate known and supported by the NNPP is former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Abdullateef explained further that four members of the NNPP, who reportedly endorsed Tinubu, were not speaking on behalf of the party as they are “on their own.”
Naija News recalls the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Osun chapter on Wednesday, lost two senatorial candidates and two House of Representatives candidates after they dumped the party, declaring their support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima as their preferred presidential candidates.
The candidates who declared their support for Tinubu are; Osun Central Senatorial candidate, Kola Bamgbola; Osun West Senatorial candidate, Mayowa Akinyode, candidate for Boluwaduro /Ifedayo/Ila Federal Constituency, Elijah Fabayo and candidate for Ijesa South Federal Constituency, Babatunde Ajayi.
Bandit terrorists on Friday killed at least eleven worshipers during Jummat prayers in North West of Zamfara State.
The development was confirmed by Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama.
According to Makama, the incident occurred in Ruwan Jema town in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara, when the peaceful worshipers were observing their prayers.
He said, “The terrorists, who rode on motorcycles invaded the mosque and opened fire on worshippers, leading to the death of 15 persons on the spot, while many other victims sustained various degrees of injuries.”
A top Journalist in Zamfara @abdul_donjay confirmed the incident.